Merry Go Round From Hell
Ya... That was what went through my mind Monday night.
I went to North Shore Aikikai's class Monday night. They are getting a brand new mat surface installed so we had to practice in a room upstairs. That particular room has a solid rubber floor of some kind. It doesn't really give at all.
We practiced some ukemi anyway. We did a few rolls. People with better ukemi obviously had an easier time of it. The breakfall practice roll that we do looked uncomfortable. I cheated some by doing something similar to a wobble roll. Basically... rather than lying flat and slapping my hand on a hard surface, I continued the motion to the other side.
We then went on to do a bunch of nikkyo, yonkyo, sankyo.
Where did the title of this post come from? Well.. we were doing yonkyo and one of the instructors (who was not teaching that night) got a great yonkyo on me and I was forced to go up and down and around. Merry Go ROund From Hell was what popped into my head at the time.
It was great working on some basic controls for a change. Espsecially with someone who can resist quit a bit of nikkyo/yonkyo.