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Today it finally happened. I moved and blended with and opposing force, guided it and got to the point where I could apply a technique. I think that this was an intentional result of senseis teachings. About halfway though our regular warm-up drill sensei completely dropped our regular moves and started with some paired push-and-keep-your-balance exercises. This happens now and then, we do a few of thoose and continue with warmup. But not today!
It started with a simple exercise where uke should keep pressure on nage's open hand with a closed fist. Alot of "running around chasing nage" later we moved on to a kote-gaishi entry with the same "rules", i.e. uke keeps up pressure and nage finds an opening for kote-gashi. This worked fairly well and felt natural. By this time everyone was panting and/or bathed in sweat and I was so into it I've forgotten which techniques/entries we did. It was way over my skill level but on the third or fourth variant with alot of instructions from my 3rd kuy uke it happened. He applied force, I met it a little bit, did a tai henko, kept up the rotation, turned and voila, uke had to take a breakfall(a little one but still a breakfall). The whole process was entirly without force, read strength, from my part. I just stood there and scratched my head, no clue of how I did it. I know that I felt it, when he was just the right amount of balance and going, for him, the wrong way. Man this Aikido stuff is cool! I'm convinced that the fatigue had a pa
I did my first practice since spring yesterday and it went great. I started out with a feeling that I'd forgotten everything and it was a great feeling to find out that I really remembererd alot. It was even better to find out that my "muscles" rememberd more than my brain did and moved correctly on their own accord a few times. I the bukiwaza class we did the entire Jo 31-kata, my first time doing the entire kata. It worked great except for moves 9 and 10, where I constantly ended up with the wrong fot forward going into 11.
In the regular class we did different techniques with a yokomen uchi attack. It was my first time doing most of them from that attack but I picked them up real quick and even got a flow of sorts going in some.
The sankyo grip almost worked as well. I have had alot of trouble with it, misaligning my hands so the grip looses it's effectiveness.