Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Ukemi Begins With Uke

During one of the techniques..... kotegaeshi I think..... I was told by the instructor that I wasn't being active enough. Passively allowing your partner to move in a direction isn't good enough. He was saying that during the kotegaeshi.... most people feel the shoulder pull over and move with nage. I can just bend that way and its still comfortable so I don't move enough. The problem with that is... when he does the tenkan and flips your hand over, I'm in the wrong spot and it makes my ukemi harder for me. I stopped doing that and things got easier for me. So I got a nice lesson in being a better uke for this technique.

For this class.... we covered, Katetori Shihonage omote and ura. I learned a lot from Diana on these. Mostly how to free my hand up and making a nice even flowing movement for ura. Also, more practice on timing to keep uke's hand in front of me as I turn. It was so hard to get that low for my shorter practice partner.

We also did, Tsuki Iriminage, and Ushiro Ryokatetori Kotegaeshi.

Rolling was so-so again. I always feel like I'm holding up the group when I roll, but I really still need to take my time to do it well. I feel better about the rolls at least since I took the rolling class. We did some backwards rolls.... I have no idea whether I am doing those right but I can at least get all the way around 98% of the time now. We also did some kind of a standing roll where you sort roll along your arm shoulder and end up in a sitting position on your butt. You start the roll by falling sideways... almost backwards. This killed my lower back as I wasn't doing it quite right.

Usual loose shoulders story. I know I've been told that my shoulders are loose but it is only now that I realize to what extent. The young guy I was pinning was tapping out before I could even get his shoulder pinned to the mat. When he went to pin me he was having trouble getting me to tap so the instructor Matt came over and said..... with guys who are loose like Eric, you can't rely just on shoving the shoulder down, you really need to attack his wrist as well. he then stepped over and did a quick nikkyo to the wrist which instantly got me tapping out. Just for practice sake I would tap out early after taking the stretch for a couple moments. My partner actually said.... "You're just tapping out, out of boredom aren't you?". Although it wasn't boredom, I sort of thought that simply frustrating nage's efforts to get me to tap doesn't accomplish much. Most people would've tapped at that point too. Also... I wanted to give my shoulders a rest to see if they heal up faster.

I don't know if I mentioned this before but one of the leftovers of our training with each other exclusively at the last dojo came to light recently. Whenever Kim would do techniques to people he was getting complaints that he was hurting them. Since he and I were the only two people left at the Cape Ann dojo, we always practiced together and he attacked my wrist and shoulders harder than normal because that seemed normal. When he started practicing with other people he realized he had to take it easy because not everyone is built like me.

In any event, this is the first class in a while that I came home totally jazzed in a while. I was super happy.

No new damage, still healing up old stuff


At March 31, 2006 12:42 PM, Blogger Scott Zrubek said...

Just found your blog today while idling around at work. I'm interested to read your blog completely, as I'm a 42 year-old with just 33 hours in Aikido at the moment.

My left side in ukemi is definitely my current downfall.

Also, I'm travelling to Boston in a couple of weeks and was thinking of just watching a class at a dojo in town. Is your dojo easy to get to from the airport?

At March 31, 2006 3:18 PM, Blogger Poxbox said...

Welcome Scott.

Hmmm I've just turned 41 recently... guess I have to update the site a bit.

Mostly I started the blog just to keep track of hours and remind me of what I'm doing. I look back over older entries and sometimes chuckle. Remember that whatever you read is from the point of view of another beginner. Just cause I say something doesn't make it true.

As you've read, I've struggled with rolling. We never got to that in my first dojo until the very last month or two. It was only a week or two ago that I got a real lesson on how to roll. It's helped.

As far as coming to the Boston area there are many fine dojos but they are spread out quite a bit. The one I'm currently going to is in Salem which is a suburb about 45 minutes from Logan airport(lots longer if you travel during rush hour). You actually could get there via commuter train, but a car works nicely as well.

I'm sure there are other organizations that have dojos in the area... but the USAF site has its dojo listing you could look at.

There are three clubs/dojos in Cambridge that I can think of off the top of my head.

The only other suggestion I would make is to take your gi and workout at wherever you intended to watch. You may want to email in advance if you can, but most dojo's I'm guessing would be happy to accomodate someone just walking in. When you train with a different group of people you can learn all kinds of new things.

If you decide to come to Salem shoot me an email. If I can come the same day I will.

There is even a chance I could either drive you back into town afterwards or at least dump you off at the subway which would likely get you to where your going. It all depends on my wife's schedule for that day.

At April 03, 2006 11:44 AM, Blogger Scott Zrubek said...

Thanks for the links.

If a commuter train runs that way, I might try to make it to Salem. It looks like my conference sessions end around 6pm, so the rest of the evening is free.

I doubt if I'd bring my gi, but would just sit and observe.

I'm glad you enjoyed the videos. I did it mainly for my education, but figured other folks might be able to learn from it as well.

At April 03, 2006 12:27 PM, Blogger Poxbox said...

The commuter rail is about a short walk to the dojo.





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