Friday, July 27, 2012

Martial arts center celebrates 50 years

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Test Night at North Shore Aikikai

I uke'd for two tests. Testamant to my lack of conditioning I was really worked. Although oddly enough by the end of the second test I was in a groove and could have gone on for quite a while with no problem.

The tests were interesting. At one point I was taking ukemi for a shihonage. One side was relatively normal. The other side, I was forced to breakfall for. The angle was different. I don't think my ukemi changed. I think it was nage. The angle was different for one side. I didn't think my nage was used to breakfalls for shihonage so I adjusted my ukemi and made sure I didn't have to breakfall again. I didn't want my nage distracted by my ukemi. Given more time, nage won't care what I do for an ukemi but the look on her face was enough of a hint to me that she wasn't expecting that fall.

For one of the tests there was a tsuki iriminage which was a direct entry. My nage came in and was roughing up my face a bit. I was perfectly fine and barely noticed it. I saw him smiling at me a bit during the test after that throw and I realized he was wondering if I was ok. I smiled back to let him know I was perfectly fine. What he was doing was perfectly fine as well.

Overall, good tests. There were some small things here and there to fix up but I'm guessing they both passed. Each tester has aspects of their practice that are really good.

During the tests, I managed to screw up one attack for each of my partners. Whoops. My fault.

I was also trying to fall a little differently for my breakfalls for these tests. In general this is something I'm working toward in my regular practice. I started doing this last week again. It's been a while but I'd like to practice falling more softly for breakfalls. I'm not getting my hand down quite early enough. It's coming along though.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Another Hot Night

I prodded Dave who hadn't led a warm up in a long while to start us off. We did an abbreviated bit of stretching but then we did a great series of ukemi drills. After Dave started us off with tsuki sumiotoshi. Once again I was forced to watch most of the line do k steps instead of j steps. On my turn I tried to make it clear by example, however at this point people brains are still turned off and they aren't really watching. I'm not the one leading the line so I really don't say anything.

Temps came closer to 90 or so in the dojo. In keeping with the thought of having fewer throws on a hot day, Mr. Mulligan decided to do a few more pressure points. One right behind the elbow. Get uke in an ikkyo like position. Dig a knuckle into just above the elbow.

He threw in a choke. I usually like chokes. However, at one point I had a smaller partner and choking her was like grabbing nothing.

Then we did some stuff I hadn't seen in a while. For this example... uke has left foot in front. Distract uke, take right foot and plant it behind the forward foot, take your other foot and put it between uke's feet. Use your knee to push on the inside of his knee on the 'trapped' forward foot. Uke has no choice but to fall down.

We then did the similar thing from our backs. So we start on the ground for this practice. We pivot to make sure that if uke moves around that our feet are facing him. When uke moves in to attack. Hook the forward foot from the outside(same side foot) just like before. Turn your other foot sideways and push against the inside of uke's knee. He will fall over.

Also did an exercise where uke grabs at the collar from static or pushes or pulls. We are supposed to turn and react with a technique. Mulligan had a few of them he had us do. Then allowed us to see what we came up with.

At one point I had a particularly resistant partner so it was hard to complete a technique with him. he would resist and then withdraw. His intent on attack would just be gone. So first I found him tough to work with(which is ok... even good in a way) and a moment later he would just disappear. It would have been easier if he didn't back off. I could most of the time stay connected to him and keep flowing into something else but at that point it's like working with a non-moving ball(literally... he's bent over a little not moving with his arms close to his body). Almost like a standing version of a fetal position. His ukemi just stops after the initial encounter. Not sure why he does this... he certainly wouldn't just stand there in a fight.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Seminar Stuff

We had a class on Sunday with Peter teaching. Good class. Towards the end of class he reserved some time for Chris to show us what he picked up from the Donovan Waite seminar at New England Aikikai last weekend.

He started with a sankyo. This version had us bringing the arm down in an ikkyo like fashion. Rather than pinning the shoulder down a bit as you reach under for the control, he had us slide the top arm down to the wrist/sankyo. The bottom hand goes to the fingers bending them backwards and towards uke some. Then bring the whole hand around in a circle across uke's center as you step back. The effect is that the attack and final result having uke continue moving in a straight line.

Another one was a moretetori grab. Back foot was back 45 degrees as you draw uke down and towards you. As they take that stagger step you can turn uke around, use your other arm across uke's face/neck/chest to throw with as you move your whole body. (Kokyunage).

It's very interesting learning the seminar stuff in this manner.... There is what was shown at the seminar, what someone picked up, how they effectively teach it and what you manage to pick up as a student from the person bringing it in. It's a miracle if I was doing anything close to what was shown at the seminar. Still... it was fun to see.

Wish I managed to get to the seminar. Someone told me that he folks focusing on a bunch of ukemi.