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Old 02-06-2004, 02:20 PM   #1
Paula Lydon
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current area of focus?

~~Hi All! I'm sitting at work bored and got to wondering what areas of focus in training others might be working on. For myself, I'm interested in that instant of contact, how you can control the situation from the beginning with the correct combination of principles. A flash of tension, instantly relaxing, dropping weight, leading uke, spiraling up, down, here and there. Many times I don't quite pull off the right combination and end up with some pretty strange movements. Or the initial movement is perfect and then I get lost as to what to do next. Most amusing sometimes.
~~Anyway, I'm pretending we're all sitting around having a drink and discussing what we're working on or what fascinates us about training in Aikido. Cheers!

~~Paula~~
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Old 02-06-2004, 03:25 PM   #2
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Nothing Special

I am still finding value in just practicing what my instructors are demonstrating. In the past six months I have become much more aware that "something" is wrong and sometimes I even know what it is. In solo practice with other senior students I have been finding value in the many more subtle things (i.e. foot placement, vertical posture, leading uke, relaxation) that improve my technique.

Our dojo is also in the midst of a beginner class. I am finding value in helping newbies by demonstrating (as well as I can, anyway) proper movement.

Happy training!

Wayne

(wishing he had discovered Aikido while in Boulder in the mid-1980's)
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Old 02-06-2004, 03:42 PM   #3
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Good idea for a thread. It puts me in mind of Hooker Sensei and his 'Year to do what he wants for himself'. He still has a few months to go.

For myself, I have been focusing on teaching the basic eight principles. Ki, Timing, Strategy, establishing the Nexus (or joining), Triangulation, Center, leading uke to his Break Point, and understanding where each of the seven intersect in the eight, Technique.

It is an interesting challenge to define each where they take over the moment and where each gives way to the next because they are so fluid and fully integrated into the practiced movement. But, that's what we are doing.

Next?

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Old 02-06-2004, 04:30 PM   #4
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Wow... those are a lot to focus on.

I used to have a lot of those in my mind, but now I'm focusing on keeping my center/balance.

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Old 02-06-2004, 05:31 PM   #5
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Connection, feeling my partner.

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Old 02-06-2004, 06:45 PM   #6
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Everything?

I've only been doing Aikido for 16 months. I focus on whatever I'm told to focus on during that class.

Not a very fun answer, I guess!

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Old 02-06-2004, 10:04 PM   #7
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Working almost exclusively for the last few weeks on being a good uke for one of my sempai who is up for his shodan test soon.

Committed attacks,real intent, controlled force (landing the strike when able, but minimal force)......last few nights kept in mind the idea of not just "flowing" with the technique he applies, but not to fight either......ie:make him "take" my balance.

Made the other class when he worked on weapns kata a real treat !I got to be nage, for a while with other students :-)

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Old 02-07-2004, 01:27 AM   #8
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I was thinking about this just the other day. I don't focus on anything in particular. I just keep training and the things I need to work on eventually kinda work themselves out.

That's the best way I can explain it

Bronson

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Old 02-07-2004, 02:00 AM   #9
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Staying centered while executing techniques correctly, and just staying centered in general.
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Old 02-07-2004, 04:12 PM   #10
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Affecting the other person's center, staying relaxed but awake, and positioning. With bokken, I'm focusing trying to make a decent cut, awareness, and adjusting my eyes so I take everything in rather than focusing on the other person's weapon. Starting this morning, I'm also trying to maintain contact with my weapon, and not be lazy about holding it.

Especially with randori, I'm working on maintaining my awareness. All too often, my awareness goes too internal, and for a small period of time, I'm not reacting to what's going on, which is generally a bad thing with four to six ukes trying to hit you.

I'm also working on my ukemi, maintaining connection and going into a smooth roll. I'm trying out this different way of rolling out of kotagaishi, but doing it badly has messed up my knees and hips a couple of times. So I'll continue to carefully practice it until I don't do it badly. Since my rolls are becoming a little too sideways or at least not staying on the line, I'm working on being aware of where I want to go, staying oriented.

So basically: awareness, spacial orientation and positioning, connection, affecting center, relaxation and ukemi.

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Old 02-07-2004, 05:30 PM   #11
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Working on being engaged, (connected) before starting a technique. (hard to do when uke is really moving!)

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Old 02-08-2004, 08:39 AM   #12
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At the minute Im focusing on being the best uke possible as my sensei is preparing for his sandan test.

They're all screaming about the rock n roll, but I would say that it's getting old. - REFUSED.
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Old 02-08-2004, 11:32 AM   #13
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I'm working on ukemi at the moment and also on keeping balanced.

heck, in class I'm working on whatever Sensei tells me to work on!!

Shodan, Shotokan karate & 6th kyu Aikido

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Old 02-08-2004, 01:07 PM   #14
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trying to unlock my concentration, which only appears when I'm cornered or under pressure.

during regular training my mind wonders here and there. too much beginner's mind maybe? any ideas?

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Old 02-08-2004, 05:31 PM   #15
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Marisa--well, it's good that it appears when you're under pressure. One thing I do is try to make everything I do more deliberate. My training partner can usually tell when I'm spacing out as nage or uke.
But I think that the hard part, though, is that true concentration, or open, undistracted awareness, seems to only arise naturally.

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...I think that what I'm focusing on in my training changes from week to week. But one thing I'm always working on is making sure my foot is pointing in the direction I'm bending my knee, not bending it in ways that could cause long-term damage. I don't want a repeat of my last summer vacation, training all the time but practically being unable to stand up out of a low chair because of pain.

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Old 02-08-2004, 08:03 PM   #16
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My focus

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Old 02-08-2004, 09:37 PM   #17
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I need to work on my humility.. been feeling arrogant lately...

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Old 02-09-2004, 03:53 AM   #18
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right now, i'm focusing on ukemi and proper form

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Old 02-09-2004, 06:53 AM   #19
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About to go snowbaording (dude), so concentarting on taking ukemi with a plank nailed to my feet. Alps sensei does some big throws.
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Old 02-09-2004, 08:12 AM   #20
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Extention. It seems like half of my problems these days come back to my desire to have the technique be "small"
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Old 02-09-2004, 09:09 AM   #21
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Always trying to just focus on physical, mental, and spiritual basics.

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Old 02-09-2004, 01:56 PM   #22
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Right now, I'm focusing on irimi, breaking partner's balance and trying to grasp the concept of center.

Also, relaxation - especially not using shoulder strength.

Anders - good point about the putting the feet in good position, I think I've tweaked my right knee quite a bit. I'll keep that in mind.
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Old 02-09-2004, 05:50 PM   #23
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For me it would have to be extension but keeping my own balance at the same time.

I'm still trying to speed up my techniques as well. Must slow down and take the time to see how I am affecting uke.

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Old 02-09-2004, 09:12 PM   #24
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Kuchi waza. Shoulder sprain is taking way too long to heal.
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Old 02-09-2004, 10:29 PM   #25
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Quote:
John Kuo (jk) wrote:
Kuchi waza. Shoulder sprain is taking way too long to heal.
What do you with this waza?

Talk your partner into submission?

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