Friday, January 27, 2006

Class Cancelled On Account of Hangover

Ok.... not a hangover.... just the flu from what I hear. Hopefully everyone feels better soon.

Bummer. I swear I'm more level when I get to train. I was more frustrated with my kids this morning than I normally would be. But really.... would you let your kids hit the glass table with their toy hammers? Me either.

And ... shodokan guy.... before you bring it up again.... yes of course I'd love to train with you folks but I can't make the times. I was hoping for seeing you last saturday but we had to move my 99 year old grandmother into a really nice nursing home. You should have seen the dresser we had to move. The darn thing was actually made of wood. Not like the crap they make now.

DAPI: 0 (No Pain No Gain.)
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Had a great night last night. Hopefully I got his name right.... a new guy Nathan showed up to practice. He was fun to work with. He has some kind of judo background. It was kind of evident when Matt set us up in a line to practice a technique and I was first up as uke for Nathan....

Short version..... I've only been thrown that fast once before and that was when sensei threw me. Oddly enough it wasn't rough in any way shape or form. It was just fast. So fast, that I didn't really have time to think about anything. In a split second I was on the ground. I did the breakfall correctly so there was no problem. Matt asked him to slow it up a bit. I told him that as far as I was concerned that speed was fine. Nathan said that in judo they are taught to "fight for your life".

So, the new stuff this week was learning sankyo. I was having some trouble with the omote version. Then we moved on to the ura version and for some reason I started doing better. I'm not sure if it's from sheer repetition or that I had to remember a little more so that the challenge woke up enough of my brain to get it all.

One of the more funny moments was when we continued knife week. Kind of like shark week on tv. You just can't get enough of it. We did the same sankyo on a knife attack. Matt was attacking me. I do the sankyo and get the knife away from him. I toss it to the matt. Then after he taps out I bring him to the mat (I was doing the ura version on him). I slide him forward and he grabs the knife in the other hand.

I just start laughing... I led the attacker right back into his weapon. D'OH !!!

So... there's a lesson for you. Don't pay so much attention to the attacker that you forget about the knife.

Now... the first time I had a sankyo put on me I hadn't been at this for very long and I didn't harmonize well. I ended up with a general ache over my entire body that lasted a few days. Last night I had many sankyo's put on me and I feel great today.

We go to put the tatami away at the end of the night and I jam one across my toe and bend my nail back about a third of the way. It started bleeding. I taped it up and helped clean more. So I get through all the workout of the day and I ended up hurting myself just trying to clean the dojo.

DAPI:1 (Toe is a little sensitive. Just plain silly)
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Friday, January 20, 2006

Training Rougher

I usually speak of what techniques were done on a given day but I think I want to spend most of my time reflecting on HOW training has changed in class.

We did more Kotegaeshi and practiced some iriminage. What's interesting is that Matt had us go back and do some of the techniques we covered in last class. Kim like's this approach because he thinks it reinforces them in his mind. He's probably correct although I hadn't had trouble remembering stuff we did a month ago. I just can't remember the name of the stuff we did a month ago.

On to the topic at hand.......

Matt's run 3 classes so far and I've really enjoyed them. I have noticed however that he practices a little more "real life". The falls we are doing are faster and thus harder. So far my ukemi has been fine for it but it makes me stop and think. Is he just less experienced than sensei and is teaching this way because he doesn't know any better? Or... is he just teaching the way he was learning at his other dojo? I'm guessing it may be a combination of both.

I can say though that I've enjoyed the more rigorous training.

Here is a question I'd like to throw out to all of you. In the past I was told by sensei not to resist at all( as a beginner). Matt mentioned that some resistance can be helpful to a partner to let them know how well they are doing a technique and asked us to give some resistance.

How much resistance do you give or expect during a technique?

DAPI: 1 ( I feel fine, abs and legs feel worked from that ab exercise he has us do)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Doing Some Knife Stuff

Matt started us with the usual warm up and rolls. I actually did another roll that felt good, so that's two so far. The others aren't as good but at least I'm not hurting myself for the most part any more. Also, did a couple of good backwards rolls for the first time too. These of course never hurt but most of the time I end up on my butt instead of my feet somehow.

So... we did more ikkyo but with the attacker holding a knife. So we change the grip somewhat and turn the arm more so you end up with an ikkyo pin. Getting the knife out from uke's hand is a simple matter of sort of sliding the back of his hand up (bending the elbow) and keeping pressure on the elbow at the same time so the hand is pinned. Sort of reminds me a little bit of a nikkyo against the mat.

Then we moved on to another version where you are doing a kotegaeshi. Everything about the technique is the same except that you don't just throw uke. You keep your hands on him. Then flip him around on to his belly by moving his arm correctly. At that point you can do a bending of the wrist in the same manner except the arm is straight in the air and you push the wrist into the that position with your hand.

DAPI: 1 (Got some skin on my bicep pinched last night but it doesn't hurt today)
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Matt Came Back

Haven't seen him for months as he was travelling but Matt came back to train. Thursday night was just the two of us. In general is was a vigorous class. I sort of missed having a class that was aerobic. I really enjoyed it.

At one point he had us doing an Ikkyo exercise. We stand facing each other in hamni with the backs or our hands/wrists touching. Then we take turns Ikkyo'ing each other over and over again. Then... switch sides and do it again. This was a blast.

Actually before we even got into things he had us doing some rolling. I was very excited to have finally had a roll that actually felt good. It felt completely natural and not jarring in any way. Ok.... so there's one. Then I crushed myself trying to roll on the other side. Oh well... that's improvement.

I'm hoping he sticks around for a while and doesn't have to travel.

DAPI: 2 ( felt fine, ribs/shoulder improved next morning but was still a bit sore)
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Not sure how many other dojos do this kind of thing but this class we spent some time focusing on meditation. Sensei showed us a simple exercise for meditation and suggested that we try doing this as much as possible outside of class. Apparently having a relaxed mind while training, the mind can become a mirror and help you perform the techniques. Also, if you are relaxed... the attacker may relax and thus be easier to manage.

We moved from this to a simple throw we've done before. In fact this is the very first technique I did in the very first class. Somehow though there seemed to be more to the technique now then there used to be. My only guess is that now I am more aware of how my hands should be positioned, footwork, timing, moving of my center. I sort of wish I could look at a video tape of my first class so I could examine my throw to see if it's changed since then.

DAPI: 0 (Meditating is easy on the body)
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

No Class Last Night

What a bummer. Considering I can't go on Thursday night either. My wife is taking off for a family event so I have to stay home with the kids. Babysitter isn't around that night either so no aikido for me.

I noticed my stress level was higher than normal last night.

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Monday, January 02, 2006


The biggest thing that made this night diferent was our focus on atemi. For those ofyou not familiar with aikido(or japanese) its basically strikes. It can also be a feint. Sometimes pretending to hit someone is enough to offbalance them.

Sensei spoke of actual hits. He also had us be mindful of what we are trying to do with a strike. Do you want blood.... no blood, broken nose... hurt knee or leg.
He also had us doing some other strikes that are good to learn so we can practice defending against them.

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