Friday, June 30, 2006

Practice x2

A couple of back-to-back classes--does a body good! Well, except for my left wrist, which is a bit sore (kotogaeshi this AM).

Last night "mixed" class with Sensei--I have often, more like almost always, had trouble with shomenuchi ikkyo against "giants". I can never catch the arm high enough to be effective. Sensei showed me an alternate way to catch the technique, let it come down to my level, and then do the technique. Still, it would be nice to be able to do "for real".

Another private lesson with Jory this AM, and I felt I came away with some good revisions to my technique. Jory is very practical. Sensei is very "zen", for lack of a better description.

Thursday, June 22, 2006


It takes a while before you get to the "meat" of a technique, but I have had a couple of instances where I felt I made a leap of understanding lately.

First, I was fortunate to have a "private lesson" (by virtue of the fact that nobody else showed for 7AM class that Friday) with Jory, and I felt I got the feeling of ryotetori tenchinage (ura). I have a tendency to over-extend myself into these long stances, and generally I use way too much energy in my techniques. But for a few attempts that day, I was able to do the technique with a feeling of effortlessness, and not taking such a long stance on the throw. To paraphrase Jory, that feeling is in everything!

Last night I was able to observe how sensei does katatetori ikkyo ura. I have always felt like I'm pulling uke down, like I am out of position (I have been!). Last night I noticed how he enters and keeps the curvature of the arm applying the technique above uke's elbow. He almost keeps his forearm parallel to uke's upper arm. My approach has been to over-extend my arm, being more perpendicular to uke's arm.

On the inside, yesterday was a not-so-good day at work.
I just didn't feel productive. When I got to class I just wanted to hide.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Summer Begins, "Slow" Season

We had 3 people leave the dojo for other parts of the world last week. Summers tend to be slower, though a few diehards are going to Charlotte this weekend for a seminar.

Working on the soundtrack for the first Open Sky music video. It's taking forever to complete, but someday...