ahh, this might be very different by next week, but I sucked a little less tonight! 🙌
Simon has been a godsend... Whilst a bit selfish of me, I'm ecstatic that Simon hasn't started an official dojo yet. These last few months of personal training with him in his backyard has been priceless.
To be honest, it is painful on one hand to be at the bottom of the class, and feeling like a complete retard. On the other hand, I cannot imagine not having his direct feedback, and constant guidance, in my development and study of aiki/IP so far.
It's a bit of a hit and miss for me from week to week, but tonight happens to be a good one. I really should write down more specifically the stuff that we've been working on for my future reference, but I just simply prefer to let my body learn... Anyway, I thought that I might make a quick note of tonight's exercises just in case.
1) from shomen uchi. Ikkyo entry. Elbow in (only enough to take center), then bow back. Uke's feeling should be of spine crush.
2) from ryote dori. The usual, shoulder below elbow, elbow below wrist... But add back bow. When in and under, then unbow back. Uke on tip toes, then unbow arms. Make sure to extend elbows forward, and not collapse in when bowing the back.
3) from katate dori. Almost identical to (2): The usual, shoulder below elbow, elbow below wrist, plus back bow. When in and under, spiral to the side. Then unbow the back (or while spiraling). When uke on tip toes, then unbow arms.
4) from katate dori. take uke's center. Bow back while spiraling (down) to side. Keep intent on uke, and make sure not to pull arm/elbow back. Because intent is still forward, feels more like sword cut than a pull.
Note: as usual, pull silk at all times.