Suwari Waza, another Aikido Hurdle
Suwari Waza is one of the stranger aspects of Aikido and it is also one that on the face of it doesn't seem useful. You practice the techniques while walking on your knees. And it is yet another part of Aikido that is another demarcation between a beginner and an experienced Aikido-ist.
I am still a real beginner in Suwari Waza and today my toes were really hurting. Another reminder how far I have to go.
After Suwari Waza we practiced standing Irimi Nage today and I had a much better feel for it than Thursday. Today I was able to relax and go with the movement when I was Uke.
It reminded me about a previous comment :
"Being Uke may also mean being composed during a conflict!?!"
Today I was able to relax enough as Uke to turn into Nage's movement and ended up doing a forward roll rather than being forced into a backward roll (Thanks to Brian for his help). My point is that I had to be composed and relax to get to this point.
So I guess it was a good day.