Was I A Good Partner or Bad ?
We did yokomenuchi shihonage, kotagaeshi and udekimenage.
Seems like I was helping my partners a lot tonight. For shihonage I noticed my partner wasn't turning me at all. There was barely any twisting to affect my balance. So I repeated the twist a couple of times, she nodded and on her turn she attempted to turn me more. Better.
New technique, new partner.
For kotagaehi, I myself improved a bit. I got the kotagaeshi without 3 hand changes. I just keep contact the whole time. Way better. I started getting it right when my partner asked the sensei a question. When he showed us the technique again, I was able to make the improvement. My partner did farily well but she was doing a really strong kotagaeshi on one side and almost nothing on the other. I went with it for a while, she wasn't changing it or improving it. I decided to 'help'. The next time she did her technique, I just stood there. Yep, there was nothing there, no technique. It wasn't a matter of my struggling or anything. I was simply able to just stand there. After that she figured out why that side wasn't as good as the other and changed it.
Ok... so I tried to help two fellow 5th kyus. In one case by exagerating a part of the technique for my turn . The other I helped by just resisting the technique.
There are some people I've come across who would suggest that I shouldn't have done anything other than fall down. Maybe I shouldn't have an opinion but I wasn't trying to teach anything subtle, it's my believe that at 5th kyu, both partners would be able to make the adjustment to fix major issues.
So, was I a good partner or a bad one tonight? What do you think?