Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Awesome

Ameri-Do-Te http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=2hMoA7Q75cg&NR=1

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cyber-Visitor at Shodokan

No... it wasn't robocop. Right around the time I was starting aikido, there was another guy also starting. We discovered each other's blogs online and check in once in a while to see how the other is doing. Scott is studying a different style of aikido so it's always very interesting to me to watch videos he's put up and so forth. His blog can be found at....

http://madmoravian.blogspot.com/

He showed up for Shodokan's Friday night class which is typically the advanced students. He got to see an average class. I asked him a little bit about what he saw. We talked about henka waza a little (chaining I think he called it). At one point we were trying to describe a technique to each other because the vocabulary was different. I would have loved to have heard more of his thoughts. I got the impression we are a little rougher on our partners in class. The truth of the matter is that in that advanced class we may be rougher but if we were working with a beginner, we'd do more to support uke. In fact it's kind of nice being able to throw someone and not have to worry about their ukemi.

For instance... during practice, at one point I had Joanna as a partner. She frequently will actively resist a technique. Part of the technique I was supposed to do was to take her down to a position similar to ikkyo and then do something else after. While down in that position she rolls out, I stay connected to her and as she comes up I do a quick kotagaeshi. During another technique, she slips out of it and resists more so I jump in with a quick uki goshi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFXK9plNIss

I'd say she does this to me a couple of times every class. I do my best to do the actual technique to her. If she is able to foil it(partly because she knows what's coming), I move into something else.

Now... I would never do that with a beginner. I would also have supported a beginner more by pulling up on the arm/shoulder for a hip throw and so forth. But Joanna I can toss around some without worrying about her. It actually made me start thinking about pushing a couple of the other advanced students (ukemi) a little more. I think they can handle it now.

My meeting with Scott reminded me about something he posted a long while back. I'm going to do some searching because there was one video on his site of some tests and I had a question about what I recall was the first technique on the test. I don't remember exactly what the technique was other than some kind of contact to the upper body/neck and uke flying back at an angle. Now that looked like a rough ukemi.

After class I herded Scott over to the Salem Beer Works for some mediocre food and good beer(well... he had a beer anyway). Scott was shocked when we left and I paid the garage attendent a whole 75 cents for a couple of hours of parking that night.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fun Class at NSA

Missed a few classes due to the bad weather in this area. Everything was closed. Monday I went to NSA. It was an interesting class because we got to play a bit with some controls and followed them up with throws. Very fun.