No... I'm not mad.... I'm hot.... REALLY HOT !!!
Never in my life has my face ever turned red from just merely being hot. Until last nights session. When I got home my wife asked me where I had been. She thought I had a sunburn on my face. It was all from the heat. As soon as I cooled off my face was normal. I made sure I drank water as soon as I got home. This is in addition to all the water I drank at the dojo.
Tonight looks like it's going to be worse. But.... Tuesday nights tend to be shorter classes typically as we have to make way for the judo folks.
Last night we basically went through the whole 5th kyu test again. The people testing for 4th kyu just did tsuki iriminage instead of shomenuchi iriminage and so forth. Overall I did things pretty well. I still think my rough spot is doing kotegaeshi ( particularly the ushiro version).
For corrections I was asked to make my ura version of ikkyo a bit smoother. I sort of did the tenkan in two parts. My uke was large and I had to lead/lug him around as he didn't really follow me. I'll have to work on keeping him in my center so I can move him more easily.
My irminage was ok but it was suggested that I can make adjustments if need be. Don't feel stuck just because you slid into that spot. You can still move around a bit. If nothing else use the flexibility in your hips and knees and stay soft. Also... since my uke was coming around kind of fast try to stay out of the way. I noticed I get better results with this technique if I go slower.
My shihonage went ok. My ura feels better than my omote. It seems to be a lot smoother and my timing is better for some reason. I'm doing better with my hands and arms for this technique again. Although..... I remember in other pracice sessions doing an atemi that we don't seem to practice lately. Maybe that was for a different attack.... or perhaps its just not necessary for 5th kyu and we have enough to think about.
Tenchinage was fine as well. I tried to work my timing out so that my hands are working in unison. Seems like a simple technique but in reality I think its a tough one to do correctly.
Tsuki kotegaeshi was fairly nice. I do ok with this at this point. I even remember to keep uke's hand in front of my center and give a good tenkan. My toughest part on this is working out how to get the blade edge of their hand tucked into my arm for the pin. I frequently twist it the wrong way.
Ushiro tekubitori kotegaeshi. I still have some questions on this. I think for this one I'm better off just doing it and not thinking too hard about it. You scoop and step out into a hanmi with uke's hand in front of your center than I believe you need to step back and tenkan.
Moretori kokyuho went very well. I had a strong partner for this one. This guy tends to resist a good amount. I was relaxed and pushed him right over with no problem. He told me I was using too much strength. After looking at the technique, I realized that at the beginning of the movement I was using a little strength to pull him forward before coming up and through. I stopped it and just used my center. Uke thought I was still using strength but I'm convinced I was just doing it correctly. I really was totally relaxed. Nice to be able to do one thing fairly well(for my level).
During practice my old sensei from Cape Ann commented that he thought I was looking more fit. This is definitely true. In the past 6 months I've lost 25lbs. I'm pretty much back down to the weight I was at when I got married 13 years ago. I really do miss the dojo in Cape Ann. We had fresh sea air and a beautiful wood floor under the mats(which felt softer). It had a nicer feel to it overall. We did not however have much room.
I've started looking at the paperwork for the upcoming test. I have to count days/hours. This is where my blog will help out. I need to look over when I started and include all days I had taken a class from an instructor. There were a few days back at the cape ann dojo where class was cancelled but we practiced anyway. I'm not counting those. Actually, I have just about 60 days at Shodokan alone so really.... I'm all set for hours. I just have to document them.