A Little Deja Vu At First
I seemed to be the only one for class at first. I was early enough so that I had time to stretch out a bit and do a few rolls. No sign of other students but I 'lined up' at 6pm to wait for class to begin. After about 2 minutes my old partner Kim showed up, headed to the back and dressed. He came on the mat, did a few warm up exercises and must have seen sensei Mulligan as he sat down with me in line at that point. Sensei Mulligan popped his head in and asked us to warm ourselves up. We did a few more stretches.... Kim did a few more rolls.
As sensei approached we got back into line, and bowed in with him. So... here we are... Kim and I and an instructor. Seems like old times. About ten minutes into the class Serge showed up.
This class was pretty much just Shomenuchi Nikkyo. Tuesday nights sensei Mulligan said he wants to spend tweaking stuff so we worked a lot on getting the hand changes correct. I'm still only 50/50 even with spending all this time on it.
Although my posture was fine overall for most the of technique I guess I have a tendency to bend over during the vertical pin for the ura version. I thought you needed to pin the shoulder down when in fact you pull up. So... when I do it by pulling my posture is fine. I just need to make sure I do it this way from now on.
Kim resisting as uke got him a handful this class. Rather than trying to use force or starting the technique over Serge went around his resistance and put Kim into a sankyo instead of the nikkyo we were supposed to be practicing. Kim seemed bothered by the fact that nage changed techniques on him and actively fought his way out of the sankyo and was attempting to throw or twist Serge up. I think Kim gets mad a little bit when this happens.
I did have one thought occur to me through all of this. I know if someone has a sankyo on you, you can twist so that your hand is behind your back to relieve the pressure. The technique we practiced with Bob on Monday night could then be used I think. You let the hand being grabbed be slack. Step back behind uke and use your other hand to throw. Of course.... if someone has your hand behind your back there may be other things they could do to you such as punching you in the back of the head/neck/kidneys. I was just thinking you can put different things together and maybe sometimes that may be an appropriate thing to do.
I was tapping out early for the horizontal nikkyo pin as usual. I did however wait for pain to tap when sensei Mulligan was using me. In a matter of about 2 seconds he went through about 3 different pinning techniques before he found one that worked somewhat. The first was the normal pin. Then I think I felt him rotate the elbow as he did the pin, this was a little uncomfortable but really didn't hurt. He then twisted the wrist a little and the elbow the other way I think.... that was about the same. They he just went for force and moved his elbow way out to get lots of leverage. Because he went through the changes so fast I was concerned that if he got one that worked it would kill me because I wouldn't be able to tap soon enough. As a result I tapped out on the last one when I started feeling tingles. I didn't want to wait to see what would happen if he managed to get pain on me. He did look at me wide eyed after and asked "How come you have such strong wrists"? I shrugged..... just built that way, I guess. This is the one pin (horizontal pin nikkyo) I can mostly ignore. Same old story for those of you following the blog. Now that he knows, I'll tap out early as usual. It seems silly not to... you just slow up practice and most people would be affected.
Feel great. Although took some strong nikkyo's and an elbow atemi (accidental I think?) to the side of the head. Also, turned my head during a pin just in time to avoid an intentional knee to the face (he got the back of my head). You have to really protect yourself when working with Serge. I would never pair him with a new student.