Another Quiet Friday
For a moment I thought I was going to be the only person showing.... eventually, a couple more people floated in.
Bob was teaching tonight. He saw my horrible attempt at tying up my hakama and showed me what he does. At first I was mildly annoyed but I got over it and after a while I realized he was just trying to help me. I didn't want to undo the thing and start over. But I did, and it was worth it.
I appreciate anyone trying to help. I'm pretty sure I can replicate what he showed me however, there is a little knot at the end I'm not sure about.
We did versions of shihonage, wakagatami, udekiminage. They focused on breaking joints.
The shihonage was the one where you use your arm to lever up uke's arm by getting underneath it.
None of these variations are my style but nothing wrong with practicing them once in a while. They seemed to fit in well with many of the other students viewpoints on aikido.
There was one thing about the wakagatame..... when one of the other students did it, I could feel this huge hole in his technique. His technique had nice timing and flowed awesome but never quite got the elbow. I was taken off balance and then put back on balance as he started for the wakagatame As a result, I really feel like I could've just stood up. I didn't in this case, though as he was working on other aspects of the technique. But... what that did was make me more aware of what I was doing. I tried to make sure I didn't have the same hole.
Then... when he went to do the udekiminage he was doing a different variation than the one being shown. He was doing the one where you throw by applying force to the shoulder and not the elbow. When Bob suggested he try it the other way, he attempted to get the elbow and then totally stopped again. Not sure if he stopped because he gave up trying or he just couldn't do it. In any event, the couple times he did get it on the elbow he didn't apply any pressure whatsoever.
I enjoy working with the guy on the mat but now that I think about it, he was bailing on the wakagatame. We'd start with an ikkyo like beginning. Rather than moving with nage a bit he would just collapse on the floor. Made it hard/impossible to do the rest of the technique. Now,, if that happened in a real situation you would just say great I'm done. But in class we are trying to practice a given technique. It would be nice to be able to get to it.