Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday's Restarted

We held a Sunday class today. Peter did some of the same stuff we did Friday night so that was a nice chance to try things again. I got to work with folks I hadn't seen in a while. Tony included. I knew I was in for some interesting throws when we went to freestyle. Sure enough, I saw hip throws, seoi nage, and a couple of others. I did a throw.... some controls... and couldn't resist an otoshi of some kind. Tony liked it enough that he and I were taking turns just doing that one for a short while.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Fluid Movement

Alan was out so Bob filled in for him for the first class. He had us doing a few different techniques from ryotetori, including iriminage, some kind of cool armbar throw, and something else that slips my mind at the moment. For the armbar thingy.... you tenkan and apply the armbar as you slide/step forward. At the end of class we formed two different groups. We were told to do one of the three techniques and have ukes attack one after another. Good workout.

I debated taking the second class. In the end I decided to push myself and stay. It was a good idea. In sharp contrast to last weeks class, this class and most likely more in the future stressed fluidity of movement, and keeping uke off balance. We started off with just avoiding an incoming attack. No atemi.... just moving.

We were in a free style mode with a particular attack. Mr. Mulligan would show us one or two possibilities and let us have at it. It was fun because you come up with all sorts of things in a freestyle. I was trying to just react to uke and not plan on anything. Once in a while I would be surprised with what I would come up with. Toward the end of class I had Buddy as a partner. He's a really strong guy. I got him in a good choke position but I had to keep moving back to keep him off balance. This sort of also helped the choke as I was hanging him a bit. Apparently I was getting him right in the correct spot as he tapped quickly and gave me some feedback. Had he been able to regain his balance I would have been on the receiving end of a throw.

One of the more interesting events was my taking a hit to the nose. We were practicing a technique that required uke to be spun/pulled around as nage did a tenkan. Somehow nage's head was below mine(odd since he was taller that I) and when he came up he hit his head right into the base of my nose. I felt a crack. Something gave. It didn't hurt lots. No idea if it's a small fracture or whatever. My fault for not paying more attention.

I'm looking forward to next week. The freestyle movement was fun.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Got To NSA Monday Night

I got to class Monday night. Mike taught. Let's see if I can remember anything we covered at this point. My brain is fried from work and I really miss my Sunday morning classes with Peter.

I seem to remember it was a low key class.... no big throws (a couple of line throws but nothing special). It wasn't the technique that mattered but what we were doing to uke. We focused on unbalancing uke. Always a good thing to practice.

One of their students was pinning me and it felt pretty good. He's improved since he pinned me last. Kind of interesting to see his progress.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Atemi Practice

Now that I think of it I never posted for the previous Friday night class. Last week we worked on a collar grab from behind. Sometimes it was a static grab. Other times it was a push or a pull from behind. It's good for sensitivity, and maintaining your balance.

We would step offline from the force and then turn with the hips for an atemi at the body. We would then do a technique from this positi0n. We were allowed some freestyle reaction to this toward the end of class.

This week's class. Mr. Mulligan filled in for Alan tonight for the early class. He brought out some pads that you wear on your arms to block strikes with. He has us practice reacting to uke's attack with a back hand to the nose or a swipe with the back of the fingers across ukes face.
Uke used the pads to block the strike and protect his face. This was fun to do. For so long we practice an atemi and never quite follow through. In the back of my mind I was wondering if I had to do this would my muscle memory take over and pull the strike some such that it is not useful. For the most part I will strike through depending on uke's skill level or intensity of practice.

I was doing pretty well on the backfist. I'm trying to make sure my wrist breaks at the right moment. My initial habit was to generate power by planting the back leg. Until someone says different I'm still doing that but I'm combining that with getting the round backfist motion going. I was striking the pad with some good effect.

The swiping of the back of the hand was a little harder at first for me. Once I started aiming for ukes face and not the pad itself (uke's suggestion) I was doing much better for this.

We changed partners a few times during the night. I got Serge toward the end. We were working on a yokomenunchi, practice an atemi and then do a technique. We were throwing each other around some. In some spots he stopped to tell me where he thought there was a hole in my technique. Turns out, after I cut uke's hand down, I lose kazushi. I need to be aware of this when I practice. I've felt it done correctly from many others. Now that I know about the problem I should be able to be mindful of it.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Great Workout With Basic Techniques

Went to class Monday night at NSA. Had a terrific class. Mike taught. VERY aerobic for me. It's not often that I need to push myself that often in a class nowadays. Techniques were relatively 'simple' such as iriminage, ikkyo, shihonage and so forth.

For a chunk of the time I had Matt, Jim and Shira for partners. Very challenging getting different body types, heights etc. On one side I had a tendency to turn uke more than necessary. I need to concentrate to get that under control. What I'm doing is smooth but not what I want to do.

I varied from the practice on two occassions. As it happened... both times it was with Shira.

At one point I moved Shira too far for iriminage so I grabbed her head for that head grab throw. I have no idea what the name of the throw is. First time I saw the throw was in one of Peter's classes. You basically bring uke down for iriminage and then turn them so their head passes you. You are both facing the same direction with uke's head down. Grab the head and throw as you go to the ground. I didn't complete the throw as it was not the technique we were practicing. If it were a freestyle I would have done it but moving away from the requested technique is a bad idea in my mind. I'm sure Shira could've handled the sudden change of technique but in my mind you don't do unexpected random techniques in a non-freestyle situation with uke. Especially one that plays with someones neck and head.

The second time I wavered a bit was when I was trying to get low enough to do a shihonage with Shira. She is a bit shorter than I. I found myself on one knee pretty much. Since I was that low, I pinned her. We weren't doing pins at the time but it's safe enough. From a martial point of view I didn't like having one knee on the ground with an unpinned opponent that close to me.

In any event, Shira was really picking the pace up on the throws. It was great.

At the end of class Jim and I were trying to pin the heck out of each other for the ikkyo. He's quite good at pinning and getting up from your pin.