I missed the energy of having a bunch of people together in the morning, and it was good to train with Sensei Mike.
I was asked to help Alan train for his 1kyu test on Saturday.
1kyu is a big exam, mine was 45 mins, and the last step before shodan.
By this point, your techniques should look crisp and clean, and you should be showing some of the key principles of movement, and the foundations of good jiyuwaza.
Sensei Mike's aikido has changed. His movements are smaller; more powerful. His aikido is evolving, which is great. Today we worked on hijiate kokyunage, which has a lot of things to learn.
- dynamic motion from the instant of contact
- loading uke's balance onto your hips
- hips moving on a downward angle to project uke
- extension and zanshin
Alan looks good. I am sure he will do fine.
I'll be trying to get into the Weds sessions more, so I can get some teaching time and work on my basics again more.
See you there!