Aikido with Patrick M. and Whit
- ROM, ukemi
- Tegatana with emphasis on tsugiashi and weightbearing on the balls of the balls of the feet.
- hanasu 1-4 with emphasis on measuring ma-ai properly, moving right as uke passes ma-ai, and releasing and getting back to ma-ai by pinging and brushing off.
Whit is doing such a good job with his aiki and judo lately - really looking like a yellow belt. All my kids are doing great and I am really proud of them. It was really neat to see the aiki functioning properly despite such huge size differences. The fact that a 7-year-old could evade and brush off of reasonable attacks from people 3X to 5X his size gives the rest of us some hope that the thing will work for normal-sized adults.
It is important for both parties to work with partners of vastly different sizes. Both the smaller and the larger partners learn a lot:
- The smaller partner has to learn to work the technique using all of his mass effectively and efficiently
- The larger partner has to learn to deal with the speed and narrow timings of the faster man.
- The smaller partner has to learn to move at the larger man's pace in order to get the timings right.
- the larger partner has to learn to hold his muscular strength in reserve so he can work on developing real power.