I was really tired from the night before. My son kept me up all night. I'm not sure why he was so edgy but it was only a one night thing. I think his main problem was he was hot. I left socks on him because it was a cold night but he uses his feet to regulate his temperature a bit. If he's hot he just sticks his feet out from under the covers and thats enough for him to feel cooler. Eventually, I had a short conversation with him (tough with a sleepy two year old) . Anyway.... I was tired for aikido class.
My posture evidently stinks. I know in the past I've done better. We were just doing simple tenkans on a same side grab. I was dropping my eyes which dropped my whole posture. Francesca pointed it out to me and it improved a little. Then sensei came by and told me to bring the top half of my body up and lower my center. In the end my posture improved a great deal. Sensei is really trying to make sure this stuff is as good as it can be because it will actually help the learning curve if we don't have to go back and unlearn bad habits. Trying to basically form good habits early. I am a little disappointed that this isn't second nature. I thought I was doing this fine in earlier classes. Of course, its been a while since we last looked at this.
At the end we did some suwari waza kokyo ho again. After Kim and I did some sensei stepped in to work with both of us. My experience is that sensei's arms feel like they are made of iron and a lot of times when he moved to attack me it felt like there was a freight train pushing yet he appears to just be flicking his arms nonchalantly. I'm guessing that he's using his center amazingly well to attack me.
At the end I think sensei wanted to let out a little steam so we degenerated into some quasi-judo. He took it easy on Kim and I though. From the seated position we would sort of wrestle around a bit.
Watching him and Kim was amusing. At one point I even saw him grab Kim's knee and just flip him over. Kim's comment after was "I didn't know I had so many handles".
Then it was my turn.....
Once he pushed my head to one side to lead my body in for a pin and I ducked under only to be met with another hand which shoved my head in the other direction pinning me firmly. This was one of those exercises that sort of show how much control sensei has. Once in a while he would explode with movement but it was never directed at us. It was usually done to get a better position. Three particular situations that stuck out in my mind.
At one point he and I got into a rhythm of him attacking by moving his hands and arms and me defending by deflecting the arm. I actually kept that up for about a minute before he moved on to something else inevitably knocking me over. That was fun.
On the second occassion he grabbed one arm with his two to attempt to pull me off balance. I can be fairly solid in seiza so I was able to stay put. Also, because at this point he sort of had his side/back to me I look over and see that there is a nice elbow there. I grab it with one hand and push it up forcing him to stop what he was doing to my arm so he could move around the force and release his own arm.
The third thing that stuck out in my mind was a really cool pin he did on me. He was lying on the top half of my body with me on my back/side. My left arm was stretched out straight and he had something under my upper arm which meant that he could attack the elbow. Basically dislocating it in a second. Although I'd never seen this before I knew right away what he was attacking and how so I did what I thought best..... I freed my other arm up so I could tap out. In that position though the only thing I could reach was sensei... so I tapped out on his kidney. Yes I could reach his kidneys but there really wasn't anything I could have done to counter the broken elbow. Maybe someone who knew judo could get out of it but I just don't have that knowledge.
Is it possible to do an unbendable arm in that position? Maybe I should have thought of that before I let him straighten the arm out. Darn.
DAPI:2 (ribs still hurt a touch...two new black and blue marks from wrestling)D