1.12.2018

Aikido Thursday Night - 1/11/18 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

Not tonight.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

I worked as tori on the entire run of Kroyu Dai San offensive jo techniques (1 thru 8).

Adam then ran through them all with Willie as uke.  We spent a lot of time working on both players to try to get them in sync.  Willie's a 3rd brown and has not seen any of these techniques before.  With both folks relatively new at it, we were able to explore problems and approaches to teaching these techniques that might not be necessary/visible at higher levels.

I ran through all 8 again at the end of class with Adam as uke again.

Commentary:

None of note.

1.11.2018

Aikido Tuesday Night - 1/9/18 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Adam

Ukemi:

Not tonight.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on the first 5 of the offensive jo portion of Koryu Dai San.  It was quite enlightening how quickly the tables turned if tori attempted to use force in these techniques, especially number 5.

Commentary:

None of note.

1.05.2018

Aikido Thursday Night - 1/4/18 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, Laura, Willie, and Matt (new student)

Ukemi:

Simple slaps

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam and I did work on the next 4 techniques of Koryu Dai Yon and the first 4 techniques of the offensive Jo portion of Koryu Dai San.  These are part of the set I need to work on for my next and final demonstration.

A nice demo.  I hope to have the video up in a while

Commentary:

Thursday night is going to be our Black Belt night going forward.  We plan on adding a Friday night class that I will be running.  John will be scaling back a bit as he will be helping his wife get her fledgling business off of the ground.

12.28.2017

At the Movies - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - 4

I really enjoyed this installment and I'll be happy to see it again when my wife gets some time in her schedule.  Some of the dialogue really felt natural and one of the reveals in the battle was unexpected, but foreshadowed.

This might be number two on my list of favorite SW films, behind Empire.

12.21.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 12/19/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Laura

Ukemi:

Not for me tonight.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam uked for Laura on 1-14.  They only got through 1-3.
 Commentary:

Last night of aikido for the year.  I just watched, did not even dress out, after the heavy rotyation of ukeing.

Aikido Thursday Night - 12/14/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Laura

Ukemi:

Not tonight.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam had his Sandan demonstration and it went well.  There was one jo technique that he missed some hand positions on, but after the demo he tried it again and nailed it.

A nice demo.  I hope to have the video up in a while

Commentary:

John's mom and wife were there as well as Adam's parents.

12.14.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 12/12/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Laura

Ukemi:

Normal slaps and  rolls.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on his Sandan demonstration material.  It went really well.

Laura and I did some hand randori.

Commentary:

Adam's demonstration for Sandan is Thursday.

12.11.2017

At the movies - Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok - 3

I'm not sorry I paid money to see it, but I wold not pay money to see it again. 

Jeff Goldblum's character annoyed me to bits.  It might have worked with a different actor. 

Does Jeff have too much baggage from previous movies for me?  From apartment commercials?  Probably.

The rest of the movie was ok.

At the movies - Coco

Coco - 4

I really enjoyed this movie and would gladly see it again.  As long as the Frozen "short" could be skipped.

A very enjoyable movie, but I got dragged down by the long (21 minute) visit to the world of Frozen.

At the movies - Bladerunner 2049

Bladerunner 2049 - 4

I really enjoyed this movie and would gladly see it again.  With earplugs.

Really.

There were times that my wife and I had to cover our ears the sound level was so high.  I don't know if it was the theatre's fault, or the movies.

I enjoyed the follow-up to the original storyline and quickly fell back into the milieu.

Aikido Thursday Night - 12/7/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Laura

Ukemi:

Light warm-up

The Walk:

Not tonight

Releases:

Not tonight

Techniques:

Adam and I worked on his Koryu Dai Yon.  No major issues.

Adam and I worked on his Koryu Dai San.  This was a very rough session.  We blamed it on the fact that he was wearing a white gi instead of his normal blue.  The blue gi is being altered for the upcoming demo.

Really, there were a number of issues throughout the run-through.  Some of them were "where did that come from".  Stuff he'd never messed up or weird ways of messing up.

We chalked it up to pre-demo jitters and we'll see how Tuesday goes.


Commentary:

Adam's demo is set for Thursday, Dec. 14.