Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ok.... Ankle's Better... and So Is The Knee

Shortly after the ankle got better I took a fall and over-rotated... Ended up whacking my knees together on the fall. One knee felt great. The other was real tender for a week or so. The thing of it is I frequently have trouble taking ukemi for this one particular guy. He's super tall. Often I feel like I rotate too far. I'm wondering if falling from the higher height is messing up my timing or something.

Anyway... The knee is now better so I'm guess I'm back to my regular self. I've had lots of good classes. Monday was an interesting combination.

The first class at Salem had us doing some good basic movements. Something like a Morotetori Kokyuho at one point. Good practice to go over basic movement. Things felt pretty good. Bob had the uke's give some resistance. The goal was to do the technique without strength. I had no problems at all for this one.

I headed out to Beverly afterwards. Matt had us doing lots of nikkyo. In fact... I'm calling it a nikkyo night at Beverly. I was frequently borrowed as demo boy. There are so many ways to apply this. Some of them I'm apparently better at than others.

I Tried Out The Ankle

I went to a class Monday night. I noticed that I had problems still even doing basic rolls. When my foot makes contact with the mat it's still uncomfortable. It wasn't horribly painful or anything, just uncomfortable. So.... I was making adjustments in my ukemi to account for my foot.It did feel better right after class. I think really working it loosened everything up and got the blood flowing. Today it feels no worse really. I think I am glad though that the next regular class I would attend would be Friday. We'll see how it feels later in the week.The class itself was great. I was fumbling through some things. At one point Matt asked me for some resistance on a nikkyo so I tried very hard to not allow him to turn my wrist over. Matt's really strong but he allowed me to get a good grab and I was able to really hold on tight. We were noodling around with it for a short bit when Mike came over to make suggestions on what to do if that happens. Turns out... when you make your arm that stiff and put that much strength into an attack, it takes a lot of the slack out of your arm and makes it even easier for nage to apply a technique. It was much more painful to deal with as uke. Once I got the feel of it though I was able to give Matt some resistance and lighten up at a key moment (after he's done a technique).