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Well I arrived a little later then usual last night and was greeted at the door by Joss who was super happy to see me. We chatted about the weather and got changed. We chatted about why we where doing Aikido and what we expect and then went in to the dojo.
One of the Jiu Jutsu guys had bust his nose and was bleeding on the benches, the rest where wrestling on the mats and placing each other in painful looking arm locks and other unusual positions.
We waited on Gerald getting ready and started our class. We did the usual communal warm up and then rolling and tumbling from one end of the mat to the other when Paddy arrived and also the little German chick.
We had a full house and where ready to train.
We started with soft cross wrist grab techniques. (Turn Nikajo then Turn Yonkajo, Sankajo, shihunage and then Hijiate). This was super amazing as I learned that all I had to do was wither turn and keep my hands at my head and the technique was dynamite. I could really throw Gerald about like a rag doll if and only if I got it just right. We did this over and over until I felt really good about what I was doing. Gerald really threw me some doing his techniques as we where training mainly on the feel and timing.
We then did the attacks from Shomen (head cut). The techniques where (Kotageshi,Shihomage, Hijiate, kokyunage and Iriminage) all from a chop to the head. I did this with Paddy who got a little flustered with himself as he kept
I was at work and received a mail from Gerald who said that he had prior agreements and could not help out with today's training?
I was a little confused and scrolled down the e-mail to see what he was talking about and saw that our sensei was on holiday in Spain for one week? I had no idea what was going on and was a little shocked that I did not know about this before hand but I can also understand that every one needs a holiday so it was ok.
Gerald has stated in his mail that Jiu Jutsu was a little more aggressive and met his needs as a Man and that Aikido was a little more for the more feminine of the male species and that he could not help us out. This I knew would create a little more split in both groups yet this does not bother me in the least as I know how good I am at Aikido now and I know that Jiu Jutsu is truly not for me at all.
Jost arrived and me, Rene and Jost got changed whilst the Jiu Jutsu class finished up and we had the mats.
We went through the usual warm up and then on to Tai sabaki Ichi and Ni then Hiriki no sei ichi, ni and then Ushiro mawari ichi, ni.
We then did Tai sabaki ichi, ni and also touched on san which was very nice indeed.
We did Kihon waza Sankajo,kotageshi and hijiate.
We also did some other nice stuff which I cannot remember the name's of but in all a totally great lesson which I liked a lot even though there was no Sensei and only three people.
One thing I did notice was that the black belt for the shinken
Well I was running late and the weather in Holland was super bad yesterday so I had to take the tram to class instead of the bike. I arrived way before time which was unexpected and was met at the door by Mrs Brent Sensei. We chatted and I got changed. Rene arrived and then Joss who had not been at lesson in a while.I also found out that his next grade is for Black belt!!
We also had a watcher in class who is interested in Aikibuken.
Then arrived little German chick who had taken one year off, for reason I have no idea and who brought a little calmness to the lesson yet also was super weak and feeble and I found that training with her was super weird as I was used to blokeys throwing each other to the ground with adrenaline and testosterone.
We did the usual warm up and then into rolls etc...
We then did five throws one after another, Ikajo,sankajo,yonkajo,shihonage, hijiate.
Then into a different form. Sokomen,something I can't remember,shihonage,something and my brain gave up thinorning.
We then did JO staff work again. I worked with Rene first on the usual throws from "Holding my little stick" the flag pole move, I forget the name and then nikajo.
We then did work with the sword. We did shihonage and irirminage.
Was a weird lesson as I trained with the chick who had tiny wrists and no power, she was kind of a fifth wheel yet I hope she picks her game up and gets better.
Not nice to say yet this is what I felt from the start.
Well just back from lesson and Had a super lesson.
I arrived a little later than usual and was greeted at the door by Rene who had also just arrived,wich was nice.
We got changed together and chatted about stuff. We went into the dojo and looked at todays quite huge lesson adn where impressed by the super turn out for Jiu Jutsu. Paddy arrived and we all watched on as they rolled around the floor placing each other in strange positions and rather nasty looking holds.
our lesson started with Brent Sensei telling us that we should focus on the Aiki way yet also not limit ourselfs to this by not trying new things, such as Jiu Jutsu!
The lesson started with the usual warm up and the rolls etc, then on to attacks from a sword. We did Shihunage, hijiate and also the same version of throws as Tuesday.
It does seem that our lessons have gone up a notch and are becoming more and more tecnical and it is not just me who is noticing this.
I arrived at class and was met by Mrs. Brent sensei who had to leave early as she had a prior engagement to attend. I went in and got changed and saw that the Jiu Jutsu class was huge with around seven people there all ready and willing to be placed in certain positions that humans would not usually be in.
Rene arrived and then Paddy and we all chatted and got changed.
We went into the dojo and worked on the punch bag and did certain kata's and watched the crazy Jiu Jutsu people get hurt.
Brent Sensei asked us to join in on the Jiu Jutsu group as we needed to learn choke holds, shivers ran up and down my spine with the thought of passing out and involuntary urination and defecation as I walked on to the mat.
The first three where using the GI and different ways and this was done on me by Rene who took pleasure in this witch was a little scary with a man on top of you with a huge grin strangling you until you choke.
Brent Sensei came over and showed how it was to be done and instantly stopped me breathing which was shocking and scary. He said that when you got real good you can grapple with some one without them knowing that they are being choked out, until its too late.
After this we did bare hand chokes and then the lesson ended and we started with Aikibuken.
We needed no warm up and we went straight into So Tai B where you needed to dodge a swinging sword.
I now know A and B yet I need to brush up on my sword skills as this was my weakest point. Thi
well for my first grading I think this was the most painful experience any one has to go through, ever!
To stand up in front of your class and have to show different techniques as they are shouted out to you was a little intimidating and also a little off putting in some parts.
I arrived at the dojo well in advance and helped Brent Sensei get things ready for the grading. We chatted about how we thought at that time and how things would go ok and not to worry yet I had been with Rene the day before and done everything we needed to know over and over and over again.
I put the stools away and I swept the floor and then put the mats out.
Gerald arrived and he was full of good spirits and high hopes for the grading, he was super ready for this as Gerald is not a stupid guy he is quite clever and knows what he is talking about and also knows his Aikido very much. He and Brent sensei worked together on a few techniques. Rene arrived and then followed by Paddy and Bart. We all worked on our forward rolls and backward rolls on the mat as we waited for Joss. Joss was a little late and then we started.
We all bowed and Brent Sensei said that this should be how we show him what we know and what we have!
* Suddenly my brain went dead *
The warm up was good and then we did Tai no Henko ichi and San then hiriki no sei ichi and ni followed by Mae mawari Kaiten and Ushiro mawari Kaiten. This Rene and I had done the night before so I was ok with this.
I arrived at the dojo well before time as usual and was met by Brent. I was happy to see him as I had missed one lesson as I was sick this weekend yet am still not 100%, but that is irrelevant as I need to train before the test.
Brent had accidentally head butted the big guy who he was training with and was very upset that this had happened and was talking to the guy and making sure that he was ok and every thing was fine. The big guy had a huge bump on his head and was ok but still wanted to go home as he was not good.
I gave in my test form and slowly got changed. The bell rang and I opened the door and was met with a new guy who was called Alex and he will now be a regular training with us. He is ex Aikikai so I kind of knew the barriers he would com up against and how he will feel changing styles of Aikido so late in the game, but I also admire this as well as this is a big step for someone to take. We chatted and waited for more to arrive. Rene followed by Paddy.
Gerald was already there training so we had quite a full crew today, yet there was a certain fear looming there.
Paddy was taking notes Rene was taking notes I am pretty confident yet I know where my weaknesses lie and this is ok as I just need to iron them out through more training as this is my first test and I am pretty good so I don't think I will fail. I know that Paddy will have a few issues yet this is only for filth Kyu so he will pass none the less yet when he gets to Black belt he will
Well I arrived at the dojo in time and gave Brent Sensei my fee for the coming month and also a nice Magazine I got in Germany with some interesting stuff in it.
I got changed and then arrived Bas and Jos and I did a little warm up and tried to get mentally ready for class.
We where all brought onto the mat as Bas told us about an incident that happened with his friend in town who was attacked by five guys and beat up with bike locks and stuff.
We then did some training with ground work. I was pared with Bas who was pretty good on the floor and did very well and then it was my turn. Bas was showing off by doing high kicks to the head and though this funny to taunt me by saying I was not doing well so I explained that I did not want to hurt him, yet he carried on and said it was ok for me to do something so I waited for his next high show off high kick and swept the leg from him and he dropped like a sack of shit!
He rolled on the floor like a girl and I sat by watching him.
We then started our class and Bas took the warm up. This is allways fun to see as he is super stiff and super weird to watch.
We then did forward ukemi and backwards ukemi. this was followed by shihonage. We did shihonage with each other and this was super nice to do with Jos as he is a great Uke and moves so nice, I hope to be like that one day.
We then did Koyonage with I have done before in another style of Aikido and this was fun to do with Brent sensei who said it was fun to thro