Missed Monday But Went Wednesday Night
I missed going to class Monday night but somehow made it to Wednesday night. I would have loved to do a double and go to an early class as well but that's impossible. So I went to the later class at North Shore Aikikai.
They have a new student starting up recently. He has a background in some other hard arts and seems to be picking stuff up very fast. Very fun to work with.
I tried a couple of feather falls after class and didn't manage to repeat the 2 soft ones that I did last class. Don't get me wrong.... the falls aren't loud or huge impact. But the two I did before were whisper quiet with no impact whatsoever. I'd like to repeat those.
During class we did some nikkyo, kotagaeshi, and kokyunage. The pins at this dojo are absolutely killer. Matt really makes sure that everyone knows how to pin well.
I worked with Joe for nikkyo. Joe's nikkyo was very good. I had a realization come to the foreground while working with him. If someone doesn't do nikkyo correctly I can use my whole body to absorb it somehow. One of the things I often see is that when someone is doing nikkyo on me and it's not working, they tend to keep doing whatever they are doing and try just pushing harder. Most often, it's not about doing it harder. It's about the technique. Some times uke's elbow is too high or too low. Some times it may not work because of the distance between uke and nage. How the nikkyo hand is gripped. Whether nage is supporting uke's wrist. It's about the technique needing adjustment. It's not about pushing harder.