Monday, January 08, 2018

Wow.... -4 degrees For Class

So... I wasn't really expecting anyone to come to class because it was so cold.  Sunday morning when I left my house it was -4 degrees.  Because......

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night......

Oh... wrong one..... err... maybe....

In brightest day, in blackest night,  No evil shall escape my sight....

Oh that isn't it either....

Ok... I don't think there is an oath... but regardless of the weather I always try to make it to class.

I was shocked to see anyone arrive.  I know the arnis class cancelled.  Turned out that Chris K showed up.  He's usually pretty consistent.  So we kept things informal and had an open mat practice more than a class.  I abused him with the version of ikkyo that I was trying to show Chris M. on Wednesday.  

It was hard for Chris to pick up.  You need to enter as you do this and it's too easy to throw an arm up and try to duck instead.  Hard habits to break. 

What really got my juices going was that Chris wanted to work on nikkyo.  I got him to apply some real nice nikkyo's.  We talked about how to line things up and a lot of the common mistakes.  I really saw Chris digging into it.  Nice to see him do the learning process thing.  When you've been doing aikido as long as he has, it's easy to just go through the motions.  Much harder to really look at what you are doing.

If he can practice that more and develop the muscle memory, he'll be crushing people every time.  It was fantastic.


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