thanks! I found on that is close to me and is within my budget. and no contract just in case I decide not to take the class. you are the man MORPH
well since it was our first class he didn't want to teach us to much. so we learned a wrist grab. the hardest thing for me is to not use strength but use energy. but I will get the hang of it. we are going to go back
It took me a couple of classes to learn that I don't have to use strength and that muscles will only create tension which will disrupt my posture, prevent me from free movements and gives something to my opponent to work with.
Unfortunately that is the theory...can't apply it to the practice yet hee hee.
I can give you fellow newbe a few more things that you might hear alot, that you will understand immediately, but that will take a lifetime to put into practice:
"Do not focuse on the hand!"
"Push...push...push harder..." (my Sensei loves this one when I use muscles LOL)
"Do not try to lift Uke's arm, just raise yours" (notice the hands are connected when Sensei says that)
"Cut through his center" (sometimes during a technique good luck in finding it)
"Move your hand like in a sword cut, all they do is going up and down" (funny how they just want to separate instead)
"Feel the connection with Uke" (easy to do if Uke charges you like a bull...otherwise....lol)
"Move with your center, don't use your arms"
"Row excercise, use row excercise" (I hear this at least 3 times per class LOL)
Not to mention the new relationship you will have with geometry...trinagles and circles and spheres everywhere...
But I am a slow learner so maybe you will hear these things less than I do LOL.
One thing tho is not in those phrases, but I will tell you from the bottom of my heart. HAVE FUN! Aikido if taken in the right way can be alot of fun...when you are not frustrated of course LOL.
You're using HIS energy to make him do what ever you want. I'm so glad to hear that classes are going so well for you. It is truly a beautiful art to study. Have you had any truly "A-ha!" moments yet?the class is going great! I love it. im starting to get the hang of it now. just have to make sure I don't use force and just go gently. we do alot of things with KI so thats pretty cool as well. like we use our energy to make the attacker do what ever we want