Does Yamada Stay at Ramada?
Tonight at the Dallas Dojo Yoshimitsu Yamada instructed a full house (or full dojo).
We praticed a number of techniques starting with Irimi Nage. For some reason I was even less competent than usual, to the point my partner apparently thought I was such a beginner that I could not make a backward roll to finish the Irimi Technique when I was Uke.
I don't know why Irimi Nage causes me so much trouble. The last time we practiced it in Plano I thought I was really getting a handle on it as Nage and as Uke. Tonight I was again back to square one, which is a phrase I sadly use much too often.
Here is Yamada Sensei demonstrating Irimi Nage.
After all the above, for some reason what strikes me the most is that Yamada Sensei smokes. In and out of the Dojo. As an ex-smoker I don't mind, but it is strange to smell cigarette smoke inside any building now.