Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sunday, Monday.... Didgeridoo

Sunday Morning at Shodokan
Sunday was a great class. Peter taught as usual. We did a lot of knife disarming techniques. The more interesting ones where uke has the knife up at your throat. The important part was to get the knife away without slicing your own throat. So you move away from the knife as you are pushing the knife away. You do this all in an instant. Now, once you have the knife away you can play around with whatever you like. Since I had Tony as a partner it wasn't long before he found a way to do some koshinage. We tried a few different types. Of course I tried doing a taiotoshi. It wasn't as solid as I would have liked. The throw was good but I didn't like it with the knife. I think you are better off doing a control more than a throw. It's a lot more predictable.

Monday at Shodokan
Mr. Mulligan taught the first class. He had us working on blending a bit. The attack was a push or grab at the shoulder. We move back off the line as the attack comes in. Timing the attack and response was important.

We started simple with an ikkyo ura response. From the same attack we also did shihonage and others. The class was told at one point to see what you can get. My partner and I played around with it a bit and got nikkyo, sankyo, udekiminage, udegarami, wakagatami, kaitenage, shihonage and so forth. Then later on I tried an ukigosh and got fantastic results. My uke just looked up at me and said.... "what was that?". I gave him a two second lesson and he started doing it to me. I did many excellent ones in a row and the one time sensei came over to watch is the one I screwed up. Isn't that always the way. Well.... that just goes to show I don't have it down 100% yet. Still, they were way better than they used to be the last time I tried it.

At some point Mr. Mulligan had us working on a couple different versions of tenchinage. I've seen so many versions of this I'm at a loss as to which to focus on when I have free time. During class time I just do what they are teaching of course.

I had a thought go through my head too. On Friday night I was helping the new folks sort out their nikkyo. It appeared from their expressions that they were both getting it. However, I'd really like to feel what they've got to see if they are really doing as well as think they are. Of course many days have gone by and they may not have internalized it enough to repeat it but I regret not jumping in. I think I'd know a lot more of where they were on it if I got to feel the technique.

Monday 2nd Class at North Shore Aikikai
Mike concluded his koshinage run. What he wanted to do is have us drill koshinage and receiving koshinage as uke. He did this for a few classes. To give us something different to do we've been working on what to do if uke holds on and everyone goes to the ground. We learned a couple of hold downs. including a scarf hold and a nice escape so you can get up safely.

The scarf hold was amazing. When properly applied it felt like a ton of weight was placed on your chest. Mike covered ways of controlling uke as he attempts to move including what to do if he pops.

The first time someone tried the scarf hold on me it was funny. Instead of a scrape across the face to turn the head it was more like an elbow to my face. It was a strong enough hit that it was jarring and I noticed it but really, it didn't hurt.

I can say this. My koshinage got better overall. Even my ukigosh got better which at times confounded me. I found the rolling about on the mat enjoyable. I have no problem getting squished and pinned in uncomfortable positions. It was also a fun challenge to do the same to others.

Weird thing of the night?? One of the newer folks couldn't make it to class but swung by to pick up his girlfriend. Did he come up to pick her up? Nah.... he serenaded us from the parking lot with a didgeridoo. During class I recognized the sound but I was like..... wtf is that sound doing coming from a parking lot outside the dojo in Beverly.

In case you haven't seen one....


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