I managed to catch Yamada-sensei's class. It's interesting, the longer I practice aikido, the more I appreciate what he is doing. His aikido is really amazingly clear.
We concentrated on ryotedori. We started with that tenkan-and-raise -hands-and-go-over-uke's-head-and- cut-for-a-back-stretch thing. I wonder if it has a name. Of course, tenchinage, kokyunage and a few others.
During kokyunage, I was in a group with Noriko. She is a very, very strong aikidoka with textbook perfect technique. I always enjoy watching her and I'm grateful of any chance to work with her. I try to learn from her movements.