Although I hadn't posted in a while I am indeed still practicing 3 days a week. I've been quite busy selling/buying a house and thats tied up a lot of my time recently. Despite it all I still manage to get to class even if I haven't been posting about it.
Tonight we were doing some very interesting vaguekido. What's vaguekido you say? Actually we were doing aikido but the emphasis for tonight was on a particular opening. The one I was having the most trouble with made tons more sense when I saw Rob doing it. A great deal of it relies upon position. This one was a wrist grab. The goal is to have uke putting his weight on that connection and just simply let him go. You get there by.... offerring hand palm down, turn palm up to create a shihonage like feel, adjust feet engle slightly (back foot comes behind the front foot a bit so you are aiming to go across the front of uke. Applying some small amount of back pressure to the connection so you stay stuck to uke, step to the open side with the outside foot while going to one knee. While this is going on the hand turns so that it's sort of like the sky hand on tenchinage.
Because you are now on one knee and in the correct position, uke is falling forward into the hole in front of him holding himself up by your connection. At this point you can simply let uke go.
Whie I was doing my turn I had a tendency to pull uke across me with the connection using my hips. Although doable it uses less muscle if you do it right and just get into the correct position.
Ok.... did you get all that?
There was another technique where uke does a tsuki attack and nage moves back with it, sucking it in without grabbing and then keeps moving the arm down till uke has to roll out. I've actually seen Sam do that one.