Well, my second post did not go as I expected – it disappeared into a black hole. I thought I had saved a copy, and that disappeared also.
Anyway, two of the beginners have returned, Shaun and Tom. Welcome to both of you. Both seem quite excited, and should be fun to work with.
I don’t know if it is the Friday night exposure that is helping, but we have had 4 beginners in the past month, vs one in the last year (Stavros – who is doing very well). Anyway, please adverytise all you can. Shaun works out at the Cape, and took some flyers for the O&C building. We need to think of other buildings we are not covering. Those of you who are not working out at the Cape, please find places to post flyers also.
I have been teaching some karate in aikido classes, to improve people’s attacking skills. Last night I taught some aikido in karate class :-). A bit of something different adds interest, keeps people motivated.
Anyway, time to go to class. Hope to see you there.
Hi everybody. I will try to add a blog entry on my own.
First of all, we have had several beginners show up, two have paid, and one of them has been twice. I don’t know if this is because of our Friday night downtown events, or just luck, but I hope they keep coming, both the ones we have, and additional people. Please keep telling your friends, relations, and casual acquaintances. Keep a few of our business cards with you and hand them out to whoever you meet.
We did do another Friday night event in downtown Titusville. Doug and Jon were there. Doug brought a laptop and a car battery to run it. Sid left us the table but had to be out of town. Thanks to the folks who helped! However, I had the fun of setting up all on my own. It goes better with more hands especially when it is a bit breezy. I don’t think we had quite as many folks to talk to this time, but it was definitely worthwhile.
The website has been a bit uncooperative in letting people pay their dues. It worked for Chuck, but then did not work for Jerald. I have updated it, and it appears to work, and you will only need to do it once – it will accept subscriptions, and then repeat the transaction every month until cancelled. Please let me know how it works, those of you who use it.
Finally, I have moved to Mims. When I get sorted out, we need to have a party. We have 20 acres to play on, so maybe we will have a special practice in the fields followed by a party.
After a great seminar, we had a quiet week. However, we had an interesting class today, with a new member, Shaun. Welcome Shaun.
We actually did have a beginner’s class, as a result, with the advanced students working on sharpening their basic skills. We all need to do that constantly – me too. A common problem is that we are just working on the basic technique, instead of thinking about the implications. In particular, you can do technique without getting off line much at all, but you leave yourself open to a strike with uke’s other hand, and this is a martial art!
For the general class, we worked on katate tori techniques, for Stavros’ next test, working mostly on ikkyo and shiho nage, but again looking at the details for the more advanced folks. Exactly where you put your energy, where you set your feet and where they are pointing, and how you grasp uke’s hand all matter, especially when you are not the biggest person on the mat. I have only been the biggest person on the mat when I was teaching the kids class on my own.
We also worked on freestyle movement. EJ did a very good freestyle, and probably it was so good because he was not worrying about getting the details right, but just performing. So we looked at escapes, and how to keep moving throughout the freestyle, moving from one uke to the next smoothly and in a timely fashion. Rhiannon is learning to play the piano. She starts a new piece by learning short phrases, and the first time she strings them together the result is choppy. That is what a lot of freestyle looks like. But some of us have been doing it for decades, so we should be nice and smooth by now! So you deal with one uke, and as you are throwing them your subconscious takes care of the details, while your conscious mind is already figuring out how the next one is attacking, and how you will evade that attack, so that they can fall into the technique.