Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday Night Double Header

Due to family, I haven't been able to do a double monday class for the past few weeks. I was able to this week.

I got to Shodokan and Serge was teaching. Serge had an interesting opening he was having us focus on. For whatever reason, he asked me to take ukemi for him for demonstrations for the whole class (which is fine by me).

Anyway... the opening was interesting. I'm not sure someone would have kazushi using it but if somehow you ended up in this position there were many... many responses you could use.

So we went through a whole bunch. Serge moved around and worked with each of us. This is necessary since he's blind and can only give corrections by working with you. I noticed he was able to figure out who was working with whom by listening to their ukemi. I guess some of us are louder than others.

After this I headed off to North Shore Aikikai for another class. A good number of folks showed up for class. We ended up switching partners around a bit. In general I tried to pick the newer people to work with. Some people learn faster when they work with more experienced people. I took ukemi for demos a few times here.

I keep reminding myself to grab a camara and bring it in. I have no idea what I look like.

Had an Awesome Seminar

3 hours of aikido followed by a good meal at a local place. What could be better?

The seminar I went to was a blast. At one point I was paired with someone I didn't know or recall ever seeing. We were doing a simple koshinage, He was excellent to work with. I walked up to him, he looked at me and said.... "So, this is the first time you've done this breakfall?". I replied "No". Instantly he came back with "well then..." and does the technique. His technique felt really good. When I see more pictures from the dojo, I'm going to pick him out and ask who he was. His ukemi was solid too. He was very comfortable taking throws.

That night I slept like a rock. Excellent.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Great Seminar Coming

As answered in the previous post I will be going to NSA's seminar they are holding on September 18th.