Monday, March 17, 2008


Another Sunday. Another class taught by Chuck. I like Chuck a lot. Despite the fact that he may weigh 120 lbs. soaking wet, his aikido is very strong. Since he doesn't have much weight or muscle, he must always use very good, strong aikido technique. I learn a lot by watching him.

I had the good fortune of working with Michael McNally (chief instructor at Hoboken Aikikai). He's such a good partner. He teaches in a very calm and patient way and doesn't tire of it until the person gets it. :) He helped me relax while leading a morotetori attack, which is not easy for me to do -- especially in the shoulders. Surprise, surprise.

We did a few projection throws in groups, concluding with koshinage. I've gotten to the point where I can do the 90 degree one pretty well, but the diagonal one still gives me problems. That's the one we practiced. After one false start, it started to go a bit better.

Speaking of good partners, Jenny partnered up with Tina Shepard. Tina teaches a great class at 4:15 on Fridays, unfortunately a time I can almost never make. Jenny was in a threesome at the beginning of class when Tina walked up to her and said, "I don't have a partner, would you partner with me?" Which is sort of like like Jesus asking his disciples if they'd like to grab a bite to eat. As is always the case, those who are really great are also very humble about it.


Anonymous said...

Michael McNally also runs the Hoboken Aikikai.

You should add it to your list of dojos to visit.

AikiPenguin said...

It absolutely is on the list, and I tell Mike so. Often.

I think I mentioned his dojo the first time I wrote about him. I hope I did. But I didn't know about the Website. I'll add to my links. Thanks!

AikiAddict said...

Hey, I wonder if Chuck is the teacher I was partnered with when I visited NYA last year.

Patrick said...

You handled the koshinage very well and from my vantage position - the edge of the mat - several were doing a different version of koshi.
Isn't that a cereal ?

AikiPenguin said...

Thanks for the kind words Patrick.

A whole-grain fan, I see.