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Even though I haven't been journaling very much lately, I have been training. I will be testing for 3rd kyu next month. Last night instead of having a weapons class the nidan instructor did a revision class for those of us testing. As luck would have it, the only other students were a 1st kyu candidate and another 3rd kyu candidate. So I got lots of individual instruction from very senior students.
I have been struggling a bit with the yokomenuchi techniques. My opening was very weak, but after being told to make my movements bigger I think it's starting to come together for me. I wasn't breaking uke's balance one iota. I was also forgetting about the atemi in the techniques.
Sometimes I find it helpful to practice the movements of the techniques on my own…trying to keep in mind all the instructions that I've been given…bring uke down to your level (I'm 5'1"), atemi to the ribs, atemi to the head, take uke's balance…so much to remember. But after some time I find that I don't have to think about it anymore. If you're doing the techniques properly it's like everything is laid out there right in front of you. I guess that's what it's all about.