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Old 05-31-2006, 11:56 AM   #8
Amir Krause
Dojo: Shirokan Dojo / Tel Aviv Israel
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 688
Re: Randori, Sempai and experiences

Have not much time, will try and respond briefly only and without speller, sorry:

Lynn Seiser:
Sensei was simply saying you were there to teach your training partner how to be a better uke.
I think the same. He expected me to raise the others level during this Randori, by giving him some type of a lesson. I am just not sure how.
your Randori sounded pretty familiar when going against someone who uses what they know rather than limiting it to Aikido
As I wrote, it felt more like he did not know what he was doing, and did not have control of himself.

Nick Pittson:
Likely it will become clearer to you in time
I hope. I decided to give it a try here.

Ron Tisdale:
the other guy was an idiot
Not really, he his a nice guy. He just does not control himself.

verbal communication
We have some freedom with it, especially the sempai. But I did try to tell him to slow down and move more smoothly, and he was not willing. I considered quiting the randori, but felt that would have been a failure too, and there was not another person to train with (all were in pairs).

Ian Hurst:
intent on "winning" than in practicing
Perhaps, but on the other hand, how would I have "given a lesson" as he implied without winning? (though I did not do that either)

Nick Pittson:
"You just worry about your own Aikido; let your partner worry about theirs."
I don't think this was the case this time. A significant part of my admonishment was for not making the other guy learn a lesson in some way (soft or hard).

Jon Reading:
It sounds like your instructor was chastizing you because he/she felt you are capable of addressing your partner's issues and providing the tutelage to repair your partner's mistakes
I had the same feeling. My problem is the how to do that? And during Randori (In Kata with constant verbal and non-verbal communication and repeated exercise it is easier, and I sometimes succeed )?

. Your partner's erractic behavior is telling you "Stay away! I can't control myself!"
I did feel he had a problem with controlling himself, but I think my challenge was supposed to be to create a beautifully looking Randori even with this type of uncontrolled partner. Creating Harmony from chaos - isn't this what Aikido is all about?
Obviously, I was not successful this time, but if I quit without trying, how Will I ever get better ?

To all:
Yes, Sensei has a very demanding standard for his "advanced"\Yudansha students. And he expects a lot from us. I am not complaining about this, and I am definitely happy he believes I already can do better. I mostly wish to confer on the how to do that.

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