Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tiny Sumiotoshi

After class Rob was throwing me around.  There are a number of techniques he likes to do.  Once in a while though he comes up with something really different.  He had one hand on the front of my shoulder and another behind.  Then he drew my weight forward and around and back.  It felt awesome.  Now a few weeks go by and I am in a class with Peter teaching.

One of the attacks he has us working with is a yokomenuchi strike.  He had us take our same arm (right on right for example) and blend with the attack.  It occurred to me that I could very easily get into the same position that Rob and I fell into a few weeks before.

So after class I asked Chris if I could borrow him and tried it out.  I got right where I needed to be.  My biggest difficulty was deciding how to move uke to get the best effect.

Last Monday after class I showed Rob what I saw and he clarified how he thinks of it.  He tends to think of it as a tiny sumi otoshi,  Where usually we do this by pulling an arm around with a, irinni tenkan j-step.  Instead you lead uke the same way but with his shoulder.

Fun stuff.

Monday, July 13, 2015

This is Interesting

Applies really to any art.

Sunday Morning

Went to class on Sunday morning.  It's probably overkill at this point but I'm still wrapping my toe up.  It feels pretty good at this point and I just want it to finish healing.  I wrap it up so nothing moves too far.

We took a good chunk of time in the beginning of class just to work with the jo.  Nothing organized but most of us were doing the 31 jo kata.  After warming up a bit, Peter took us through a few techniques.

He definitely does things differently than I do for some stuff.  I did my best to try things his way.  Primarily, he was doing things that meant you had a positive grip on uke.  Not all the techniques I like to do have that component.  Some of them rely on uke's reaction.  However, if I don't get the natural reaction I want I would just move to a different technique.  I'm not stuck on doing just one thing.

Good class.  Nothing popping out at me.  There was one moment where he took me aside to try some stuff out.  He still thinks that the only direction otoshi finishes is at 90 degrees.  I've been taught that the initial direction of motion can dictate the ending spot.  However, in reality, I think you can throw wherever you like.  It's easy for people to see that with kotagaeshi.  You set someone up, you can throw them in any old direction with it.  But for otoshi.... for some reason people don't see that same options.

Toe is Still Holding Up

No real problems after practice Monday night so I taped myself up again and went Friday night.

There were a good number of students.  I think 9 of us showed up.  It being a hot day, Mr. Mulligan wanted to keep things light.  Probably good for me but I was dying to get some throws in.

When I shoed up, everyone was just standing around.  We attempted to prod the senior student to warm us up but he wasn't into it.  So, I warmed everyone up.  Nothing special, just got everyone stretched out and moving.

Friday nights class was a mixed bag for me.  Most of it were soft exercises such as tai no henko.  This is an exercise I generally don't like.  Most of the time it is shown in such a way that you strip uke.  As a good uke you're supposed to follow and try to keep good contact.  I did several with no muscle, then some pulling, and others with no muscle but keeping a live arm such that it may have appeared to someone that I was using muscle.  Not my favorite exercise.

We did do one thing that I got a kick out of.  One of the techniques Mr. Mulligan did was extremely close to something we did Monday night at North Shore Aikikai.  On Monday night there was this technique that starts off with a cross hand grip.  You move in front of uke's open side and bring the hand down in a curve down to the floor.  Uke is pulled over his toes and has to roll.

Mr. Mulligan's version was a same side grip.  You move to the open side again but then tenkan and bring the forward leg back.  This effectively is the same thing.  There is a difference.  The version I did at NSA draws uke directly, and evenly over both feet.  The spot on the floor the hand goes is between them.  With Mr. Mulligan's version, uke's weight isn't evenly distributed.  It is at first put on uke's forward foot.  Usually you can as uke take up some of that force by using your hips and knees and so forth.  However, when the tenkan is done to the open side.  Uke's hand ends up being placed in the same position, forward and between his feet.  The difference though is that there is more of a circular feel to it.  Both versions are very cool.  I could play with just those two for quite a while.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Yay, Went to a Class

Thought I'd try out my toe Monday night at North Shore Aikikai.  I taped the toe to it's buddy.  Rob suggested I wrap the whole thing up.  Probably a good idea.  So her helped me tape it up and gave me some tips on wrapping.

Before class they asked me how I was doing so I tried a few rolls.  You come up with live toes.  It didn't feel bad.  It felt pretty normal today so I'd say I'm probably good to go.  I did notice that I was altering my ukemi some to protect the toe more.

Rob taught.  We did a few things.  One of the things I really liked to play with was a simple, cross hand wrist grab.  You move to uke's open side as you simply put your hand down on the mat.  Uke feels an off balance forward and then down.  I was starting to get it by the end.  The trick is to not use any muscle.  If you are pulling uke you aren't doing it like it was shown.