Thursday, December 20, 2007

Aikido – Katatetori Variations and Test Prep

I was huffing and puffing in the shortened stretch and warm-up tonight. We practiced the side ukemi a bit before starting in on katatetori iriminage variations. We did the put-the-wrist-over-the-shoulder throw (almost shihonage) and a variant of that approaching kotegaeshi now named after a classmate, a put-the-elbow-down-behind (sort of a short sumi otoshi) and a tenkan-into-sokomen-iriminage.

We also celebrated M.K.'s and T.D.'s birthdays with birthday rolls. I had a pretty good randori at the end of class. Sensei tossed in a fourth uke part way through and he only does that when I'm doing well.

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