Monday, November 20, 2017

Didn't Do Much On Sunday

So Sunday I taught.  One of the students wants to take his 3rd kyu test so I wanted to focus on that.  We started out with some more exercises in taking balance.

For ukemi practice I wanted to push everyone just a little bit.  We have our visitor from Greece attending the Sunday class pretty regularly.  They do a lot of close in, direct aikido.  His ukemi isn't as good as it could be.  So, after the normal rolls.  I had them do a roll where you stretch out a bit.  And... wow... he didn't barrel roll.  His roll looked better.

Later I asked what the student wanted to work on for his test and he said tsuki kaitenage and yokomenuchi iriminage.  For the iriminage he's been getting different explanations from different teachers about what to do.  He said I was the first teacher to mention... why we are doing it.  Also, my version is different than the other teachers.  I explained to him that one of us isn't necessarily doing anything wrong.  That people are different, our aikido is different.  That I like my way for these reasons.  And... that in the end we are a product of all our teachers.  He might find something I do easier or more effective and some other technique, he may like what someone else does.

After class I spoke with Chris a bit.  Peter (the student) tends to resist a lot.  Although he doesn't do that to me often(that I've noticed).  He does do that a lot to Chris.  Peter feels that the practice is more real if he resists and therefore more useful.  There is some validity to this... but his ukemi really isn't up to this.  I tried to point that out to him in the past.  Also, it makes practicing certain techniques more difficult.  If you can't get the technique you need to flow into the next.  Which is fine but you still aren't getting to practice the original technique.  So in some cases, resistance can hurt practice.  I noticed he seems to give Chris a harder time than he gives me.  So, I suggested to Chris after class that if he misses a technique with him, he should flow into something else and make it very uncomfortable.  And remind Peter that ... now that we've done this second technique X lets get back to practicing technique Y.  So, attack me so that I can practice it please.  We can practice with resistance later.  It's more important to get the technique right first.


At November 26, 2017 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These precautions for training were created by O’Sensei and are prominently posted in many dojos including New York Aikikai.
It might be helpful to review them at your dojo.

1) One blow in AIKIDO is capable of killing an opponent. In practice, obey your instructor, and do not make practice a time for needless testing of strength.

2) AIKIDO is an art in which one man learns to face many opponents simultaneously and requires therefore that you polish and perfect your execution of each movement so that you can take on not only the one directly before you but also those in every direction around you.

3) Practice at all times with a feeling of pleasurable exhilaration.

4) The teachings of your instructor constitute only a small fraction of what you will learn. Your mastery of each movement will depend almost completely on your earnest practice.

5) The daily practice begins with light movements of the body, gradually increasing in intensity and strength, but there must be no overexertion. That is why even elderly an elderly man can continue to practice without bodily harm but with pleasure and profit and will attain the purpose of his training.

6) The purpose of AIKIDO is to train both body and mind and to make a man sincere. All AIKIDO arts are secret in nature and are not to be revealed publicly nor taught to rogues who will use them for evil purposes.

At November 29, 2017 8:47 PM, Blogger Poxbox said...

I've seen these before..... Excellent.


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