Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some Beginners

We had a couple people from day one on the mat. We did some basic movement exercises. We did some shihonage variation which I liked. It reminded me of the kotagaeshi where uke is travelling in a line and you continue it. This was similar for this shihonage. Uke travels in a line and you allow him to continue it. We did some shihonage breakfalls. Interestingly enough, when Matt did his demo and I uke'd I felt him float me for this as well. So, as I'm breakfalling over, I feel him slide forward a bit which floated me out as I fell. Excellent.

The very last thing he had the advanced folks working on was a relatively simple taiotoshi. For some odd reason I was having problems last night getting this down. I also have the tendency to throw uke down for this. This is fine but the instructor was throwing people out and not down.

Someone came in with a bad knee last night. I asked him about it and he said that I landed on it last week. Someone else asked and again he said that I came down on his knee. Like somehow this was my fault. Dude.... I went where you threw me for taiotoshi. Straight down on top of your own leg. You got hurt because you didn't turn as far as you were supposed to. Instead of my maybe landing on the back of your leg with a bent knee. I got to land on the side of a leg that was extended out sideways. Any contact we had, stressed your knee joint. I have sympathy but that injury was self inflicted. I always say that 95% of the injuries I've seen in aikido have been self inflicted (not taking ukemi properly is the main reason). So take ownership of the mistake and move on.

As a side note I suggested to him that if it doesn't get better soon that he may need to have someone look at it to make sure there is no real damage there. Ligament/tendon damage takes lots longer to heal up then muscle.

One of the new people who took a class was a younger kid. Doing shihonage with him I had to get 'unreasonably low'.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Peter was stressing not making a committment when starting a technique. Lots of people want to grab and whatever right away, Peter had us taking ukes tsuki, doin a tanshin step and grab the hand underside with your other hand on top. From here we could shihonage, kotagaeshi and udekiminage and so forth.

I noticed a cake in the lounge. Looks like they had a gathering Friday night to celebrate our new shodan. Wish I could have come but the jewish holiday had that as a non-starter. I'm still waiting for the requisite trip on the hakima but nothing as yet.

Tonight I have a parent teacher conference. If I go straight to NSA I can catch their late class if my wife is able to gather the kids from two different households and put them to bed.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Got To a Late Class Last Night

I won't be able to get to class on Friday so I went to the late class last night instead.

Matt taught. We did a series of line techniques. A couple involved getting uke to move past you while you straightened his arm out so you could throw him by driving that straight arm one way or another.

Next up we moved to a similar start but did a nikkyo and after uke comes up you take a yonkyo and throw. I was having trouble getting the yonkyo and Rob was kind enough to give me some feedback so I can practice that again some day.

At the end we did a shomenuchi attack. Nage is supposed to intercept this early so he can raise uke a bit, then lead ukes arm down as you kneel down, do a hip push and throw.

Watched Some Video

Can't always benefit from watching a video but I think I know why I was having such a tough time doing tai otoshi on a larger somewhat non-compliant uke. I think I was coming around too far. It was described as sort of being like a hinge. Well... if I'm the door, I think I swing open too far. I was swinging so far, I think that's the equivalent of leaving uke behind. If Mike repeats the class as he intends and I can make it I'm going to watch where he stops more carefully.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday Favorite

Mike decided out of the blue that we needed more practice for tai otoshi. Normally I do pretty well at this however last night I had a lot of trouble. My partner for most of it is a big relatively heavy guy. The technique called for us to set up in a typical judo style where we grab opposite elbow and lapel. From this static position I'm supposed to get someone moving. I was doing ok but my weight distribution was way off and I couldn't get my leg stuck out early enough. At the end I had more success as I slowed the technique down. I think my uke wasn't too happy with the falls. On his first throw as nage he was off balance, fell and somehow hurt his own knee. Although not badly. He said he thought it would be fine overnight.

Mike was going to continue this for another class. I'm going to see if I can grab a different partner to see if I get different results. I was throwing him but it wasn't a pretty fall.

My knee is somewhat better for some reason. I thought for sure I did some permanent damage in there but either I didn't or I did and tissue is building up and keeping everything in place or something. The knee feels fine every moment of the day. Only hurts when I put my full weight on it and turn. So backwards rolls or tenkans from the knees bother me. It's a lot less sensitive then it used to be. Who knows.... could be that in a year or so it will be all healed up.

Ushiro Attacks

Bob taught Friday night. He had us responding with kotagaeshi, kokyunage, and sankyo. I came a bit late so I missed the first technique. At the end of class Bob had us take turns with 3 ukes. They would do an ushiro atack and nage had to respond with one of the three responses. I did mediocre on it. It's still very hard for me to limit my responses. If the energy of uke is moving in a particular direction I then have to force myself into one of the three responses. In any event, I sure could use more practice.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Someone Actually Noticed

Friday's class was interesting. At times people say... hey.. great breakfall. This however was a different comment. We were doing a series of throws in a line. At one point it was Buddy's turn. He goes to throw, I felt him change his position and adjusted my ukemi to both take his lead (and be safe). I made this change mid way through the throw because he changed things midway through the throw.

So... He threw me and after had this surprised look on his face and he was telling me over and over how he felt me change my ukemi mid technique. I said... of course I changed, to adjust for what you were doing. He said.... yes but you changed in the middle of the throw..... I felt it.

Was kind of funny. It's not like it was a big deal. Nice to know he's far enough along to feel it though.