Fun Wednesday Night
Got to a class at Shodokan on Wednesday night. I wish I could get there more often those nights as this is the night that Mr. Mulligan teaches.
We did some kokyunage.
Did a flavor of kotemawashi.that looked like this....
One of the kokyunage I had terrible trouble with until the end. I was getting it more correct just as we moved on to another technique.
A new person came in to watch a class. I believe she expressed interest in joining. I just hope we don't lose her before we scrape together a beginners class.
One of the things Shodokan does.... for good or bad is to have a separate class just for beginners. They are taught the basics of behavior on the mat, terminology, basic ukemi and aikido techniques.
After 8 weeks or so they are moved into the regular classes. It's a great idea. The downside to it is that people are told to wait until next month, over and over, until a beginners class can be formed.
There just aren't that many people interested in learning aikido popping up at once. So at times people are pushed off for months at a time. Some people go away, some go elsewhere for their aikido. Hopefully, this girl will be patient. I think the concept of a separate class isn't a bad thing but if no one joins up, I see no reason to not start it and grab someone out of the standard class to help out. Of course.... it's not my call, so all I can do is watch.
I know I like working with beginners. They give you that natural response. Also, since they are learning basic stuff first, it gives you a chance to practice the basics. I swear that most of the people I encounter on the mat need help with their controls. We could all use some refreshers.
My last class at NSA we did nothing but Tenchinage for a whole class. Weird thing is.... I wasn't done noodling around with it yet. Maybe after a few years of playing with it, I'll be happy. Maybe not.