Sunday, November 23, 2014

Missed Class Because I Had To Be Polite

The husband of my wife's friend was staying with us off and on for a while.  He wanted to thank us and offered to take the whole family out for dinner.  Very generous, and I like the guy.  But it was kind of a bummer that he didn't offer earlier in the week.  My kids had to miss a test prep and I had to miss class.  We could have said no but felt sort of obligated as he was kind enough to offer.

So that was my missing Friday nights class.

From what I understand I missed a good one.  Peter taught and had the students working on their 31 jo kata.  Which brings us to ....

Sunday class.

We started out with some simple suwari waza.  This quickly moved on to standing techniques as two of the students were having issues with their knees.  We then did lots of shomenuchi responses.  Kotagaeshi, ikkyo, etc.

Then Peter had us practicing the 31 jo kata.  Very good practice since I haven't done it in a long while.  I probably remembered about half of it.  The run through was a little quick for me.  I get things confused when I remember other katas I'd done more recently.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What Did he Bring Back

Peter was one of the people that recently travelled to Delaware for an aikido seminar.  One sensei's original students was down there teaching a seminar.

So I was looking forward to seeing what people came away with fron the seminar.  In this mornings class peter did jujinage from many different attacks.  He also did some iriminage for various attacks.  It sounded like the seminar focused on being able to particular techniques from any attack.

As interesting as this is, I find myself absolutely captivated by the softer aikido I'd been practicing elsewhere.  I have no idea as yet how practical it is.  At the end of class, I tried some of the softer stuff with my classmates.  They thought it was neat but had trouble replicating it first try because of how different it is.  What's natural for some isn't for others.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

That Was Just Plain Fun

Last Monday's class at NSA we did a technique that I just loved.  It started with jodan tsuki attack.

For a right handed attack.....  enter forward a bit, use your left arm.wrist to make a connection with the incoming strike.  blend with it rotating the wrist to lead uke forward.

At the same time you bring up your other hand to make a connection on the right shoulder.  As things develop you get really soft, use the left hand to bring ukes arm behind them in a kaitenage like motion.  Pivot and throw.

Very much like this

Similar technique is at 3:06

You should watch the whole video.  It's another example of why I feel like a gorilla.