The class started with an extended warm up session that focused on various ukemi drills. We started off slow with ukemi from suwari waza, gradually advancing to ukemi from tachi waza, and finally imitating break falls. The main aim was to get rid of the fear of falling, which is very important as aikido has lots of this (falling). We tried to concentrate on orenai te, which is usually overlooked when doing ukemi on unforgiving ground.
We then moved on to stretching. This took many forms. We started with 2 attacks; gyaku hanmi katate dori and morote dori. From these we did the kokyu ho stretch, which always looks easy until you actually try it. Trust me, it’s not as easy as you think. Moving on, we advanced to ikkyo omote, kote gaeshi omote and shiho nage omote, incorporating both stretching and ukemi at the end of the movements.
The techniques of the day were;
-Tachi waza shomen uchi irimi nage
-Tachi waza shomen uchi kote gaeshi
-Tachi waza gyaku hanmi katate dori kokyu nage variations
-Tachi waza ryo kata dori kokyu nage
The most important thing to remember is not to be lazy, as this increases chances for injury. When one is lazy, they don’t stretch properly, which means even their ukemi comes out wrong. We will continue the ukemi drills in the next class, so look forward to it (たのしみにしてください)
Next session (aikido for all levels); Thursday, September 8, 2016
Place; JICC small hall, Embassy of Japan
Welcome one, welcome all!