It was an interesting night. It's not often that people travelling stop in to for a class. She joined us for class. She said her name was Dawn. The internet being a wonderful thing, I took a stab and within 20 seconds came up with this. I'm not 100% sure but I do believe this was her. Normally, I wouldn't point out a link but if you look at the page at some of her work (click portfolio) you'll be glad you took the time.http://www.dawnemerson.com/page_detail.php?page_id=2&category_id=1
Anyway, Bob taught instead of Alan for some reason. He started class off as he put it "adding hot air to the dojo". He spoke of the New Year coming.... the old year that passed, and getting out of the classes what you are looking for. I'm not sure where that last point came from. It seemed out of context with the other points.
Overall, this was an unusual class. Bob has been heading somewhat martial but this was one of the more aggressive classes yet.
I think I remember starting with kotagaeshi. I was lucky enough to have Dawn as a starting partner. At one point she exaggerated a movement which kept me off balance by moving out and then relatively low. Maybe thats the way she does things... maybe she was in teaching mode... but I try to pick up on these things and repeated the motion when it was my turn as nage. I noticed a small smile on her face. No idea if it was related but maybe she got a chuckle that I was trying to follow her example.
One thing she was doing was this really cool pin. I couldn't see it but describing what I felt... it was sort of like she was not pulling up in a standard grading pin... she was sort of chicken winging me. Made me tap out relatively quick. Wish I got to see it.
At one point Bob asked me to help him show a technique. This was a tsuki night so I strike. He was entering behind me and turning me around. Then he asked me to keep my center and not move. He showed how doing the technique incorrectly doesn't necessarily get you movement. Then he moved correctly and I had no choice but to take the throw. I couldn't just stand there. Overall, kind of a tough thing to do. I'm used to protecting myself by moving. Asking me to stand there and not anticipate, is a whole other ball of wax. I did ok but it was a little more jarring trying to follow something because you have to rather than following because you are supposed to.
We moved on at one point and did a Sankyo. Now... I've seen suwari waza versions... versions from different strikes. Different entries. They all almost look the same. You end up with a sankyo then cut. Never have I seen this. He put me in a sankyo and just went..... yep... he took off so that I had to move backwards with him. Now... I have no idea what the heck Bob was trying to show us. We tried it a couple of times and I didn't get anything out of it other than a sore wrist. Hopefully, someone else found it useful. After class I asked him what I should have been doing as uke. He gave a very nice answer saying that I really shouldn't have had a choice as uke and that I was doing nothing wrong as uke. That he was just getting a bit exuberant. In retrospect it reminded me a little bit of the sankyo's being done at the Woburn dojo except that they were really ended up feeling like a reverse ikkyo. This sankyo Bob had me in felt higher and constantly felt like sankyo. He had pressure at all times.
Was this what he meant in his pre-class remarks about getting stuff out of a dojo? If he did, he's way off the mark. His sankyo was nothing like theirs.
We moved on once again to a couple versions of tai otoshi. For whatever reason I was off and my breakfalls were quite lousy this night overall. No bellringer falls but nothing real smooth either. I have no idea how Rachael was faring. It think she has been around for only maybe 3 months or so. She attempted to rollout but I know she dinged her shoulder on at least one fall.
Then at the end we did a junior round of randori. Bob adjusted the number of attackers with the nage being attacked. I had two people. We were limited to tsuki attacks and Bob asked us to try and keep it to the techniques that we learned tonight. He did say that if you find yourself doing something else and uke can handle it then fine.
I always like these. I think I get slightly better each time we've done them. The first time I spent half my time standing there wondering what to do. The next time I only did that a little. This time I did something.... not necessarily what I planned on... but something. I was never just standing there. Odd thing was... since sankyo was on the list I wanted to try an entry where you go under uke's arm (it's nice and fast) but somehow I never did.
Turns out that planning what I was going to do went totally out the window and I just went with it. I did a couple of the friendlier tai otoshi and slipped into a kaitenage once or twice. I think I managed a kotagaeshi once. My breath control was fine. Although really, there is no real stress here for me. There are only two people attacking and I know damage to my body is quite limited in reality so the stress level is down. I still did ok. Frankly in a real situation, I'd be twisting people up a lot harder than we do in class. It's unlikely I'd ever be in that position but if I'm ever attacked I'm hoping the other guy is real drunk.
We had two girls watching the class. No idea if they were friends of anyone but I think they got the brochures from Mr Mulligan so I can only guess they were interested in classes. They didn't strike me as the physical types though so I'm wondering how they'll do.
You say Huh? Why two numbers? Right wrist feels fine for normal motion but I can feel that it's been strained. If I try to move it in a full range of motion it hurts a little. (someone please steal Bob's wheaties)Small abrasion on left wrist. Guess I was bleeding and didn't know it.