Joe was out this week – hope he’s ok!
Hideki got stuck with us beginners instead and he has a much more fussy and step by step approach to a lot of things. I think it would get old if he was our teacher all the time, but it’s nice to have a change of pace.
Tuesday we worked on side foot sweeps (almost too easy when I outweigh my partner – not sure I did them right) and o uchi gari. I managed to land on my knee just wrong and have a nice bruise (this throw seems to be bad for my right knee – I did this last time we worked on it too, but much much worse) and landed on my partner’s bony knee just wrong as well. OW.
Thursday they worked us in with the little kids doing randori with the grownups – each round either run up and got a grownup partner to work with or do 20 pushups. With the warmup pushups I think I did over 100 pushups yesterday, and my shoulders are PISSED. I have a hard time remembering to breathe during randori. :| Then we worked on some turnovers with Hideki and finished with some ni waza (wrestling sparring) it was cool to immediately use the things I had learned on a brown belt and see that they worked. I’m much better about breathing during ni waza, which is nice for me, but doesn’t help me understand why I’m so bad at it during randori.