The usual instructor Alan had to be somewhere else so Mr. Mulligan taught us.
Once again we are in a sad state of affairs. I was the most experienced person in the room (out of about 10 students) so Mr. Mulligan asked me to warm everyone up. I did an ok job. I probably forgot a stretch or two. For whatever reason I was feeling particularly strong or on balance tonight. There is one stretch we do where you are sort of sitting on one foot while the other is extended very far. Then you switch sides. I've been told by multiple teachers that it's a good idea to keep the foot you are sort of sitting on flat to the floor. This requires some amount of balance. Most of the time I need to put a hand down on the floor. For whatever reason tonight, I was able to easily stretch out perfectly on balance. Not sure if the ki was flowing well today, or I'm just feeling relaxed. Call it what you will. It was kind of neat.
After stretching, I had everyone practicing ukemi width wise in the dojo. No sense everyone picking up bad habits from me.
Mr. Mulligan had us start with tsuki kotagaeshi. He had me come up to demo it with him. I was glad to help. I even got to do a very comfortable breakfall for it. I did fine with this technique. My partner who has been around for maybe 4 months did very well for this. I think he's testing for 5th kyu on the next test. He should do well.
Next up Mr. Mulligan had us doing some shoemenuchi nikkyo omote and ura. I got to help demo again. I've been more fluid with the omote in the past. For some reason my ura version wasn't absolutely terrible for a change. It still needs work though. We kept the same partners throughout the night for some reason. My partner once again did a terrific job. I suspect his omote version of ikkyo is excellent.
The version of nikkyo Mr. Mulligan had us doing was a little different then ones in the past. How to describe it..... He had us bring uke up by sort of doing a floating gokyo. The problem with that is that I don't feel it if all you do is attack the wrist with a straight push. So when I go to do it I had to pay extra attention to my partner to figure out how to do it correctly and how much pressure to apply. You do this by looking at his face and seeing how much it hurts.
The rest of it was... bring the hand to the shoulder as usual.... but rather than stroking the arm, he had us grabbing the hand with two hands and using the body to obtain the angle and bow to nikkyo.
We did some ushiro sankyo after this. Honestly, if I could repeat the class I would. I need help with nikkyo and sankyo ura versions. My sankyo improved.
Then we did a ushiro version of a kokyunage where you sort of spin in place and dive through uke's arms with your head and arm. Then turn your hips the other way and throw.
Mr. Mulligan gave me a few corrections tonight. Such as ... lowering my center for sankyo and such. I think I was getting lazy because my partner was so much taller than I. I didn't need to get low to do the techniques.
As for helping my partner, I usually like to keep my mouth shut and let the instructors do the teaching. The only thing I said to him the whole class was that he was supporting my wrist for the sankyo. I showed him the difference when you grab the wrist and when you don't. When you grab uke's wrist you can't get the torque as easily.
Excellent class. I feel good.