Monday, August 31, 2015

Technique Not Force

So, Friday night was an open mat night with Chris, Buddy and myself.  Mr. Mulligan asked us to review Shodan requirements.  We were going down the list, each of us taking turns coming up with stuff.  Then we got to a Moretetori attack.  We are supposed to do 5 responses for this attack. 

Apparently on Wednesday night, Sam taught a response that was something like osotogari.  There are different ways to do it but getting kazushi is really important.  Buddy decided to try one out.  He put me in a bad position where he didn't enter like he was supposed to and didn't have my balance.  My foot that he is supposed to reap had a lot of my weight on it.  Further, his pushing on it forced my foot more into the floor and it was just plain stuck.  Then he began to turn my body.  The result was that my knee was torqued pretty good.  No real damage.  I'm guessing he stretched some tendons/ligaments pretty bad.  It bothered me for a few days.  It's pretty much gone now.

But here is an example of someone seeing a technique, but not understanding what makes it work.  It's ok that he doesn't understand the kazushi behind this.  However, he's been around a while.  He still has a habit of pushing through a technique.  If a technique isn't working, he doesn't stop to understand why.... he just applies more force.  He's the same way with controls.

I know he feels that stuff is not working as easy as it should.  He should be really trying to study why things aren't working.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

More Henka Waza

Peter did a bunch of Henka and kaeshi waza.  Most of it was pretty straightforward.  There was one henka waza where he started with doing an ikkyo and ended up with a sankyo.  When I did it I was completely natural for me to do it one way... However, I knew that I was sending uke back to where he attacked from.  Peter's version had uke moving in a straight line ending up on the other side.

After a few cycles I finally figured it out.  He stepped back and moved uke in front of him more to set up the sankyo.  Once I figured that part out, I could do it Peter's way.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hot Class

I'm glad I got there a little early.  As soon as I got into the dojo I went to the mat area and opened up all the windows and door.  The dojo was about 10 degrees warmer than the outside.  I got one of our bigger fans going.  By the time class ended the temperature dropped a bit.  In any event, our last space was much, much hotter.  Like a lot of dojos, the space was a cinderblock box with no windows so anything else always seemed comfortable to me.

Last night Mr. Mulligan taught.  Nice class, we did some exercises.  At the end we were doing an interesting iriminage.  The person I was working with goes to Serge's Monday night class and I see his fingerprints all over him.  When taking uke around my partner liked to try to be very physical.  He'd trap the hand and push down hard on the neck.  A lot of dojos trap the hand.  I've seen that before.  I don't think it's necessary.  If I have uke's balance, I shouldn't have to physically pull someone around.  I also felt as though the trapped hand was something I could fight against.