Beard’s been out for several weeks so his arrival filled out the ranks quite a bit (we had nine!). Any more makes the space a little close. For instance during the second hour we practiced kata/hyung and we had to be very careful or we’d end up clipping each others heels.
Our technique for the evening was a cross block that leads to a behind the elbow grab. This is integrated with a step forward with a hooking step. The uki gets his/her shoulder bunched up, balance disrupted, and then falls.
I started out with Tall new guy and found out that whatever flourish he uses ends up knocking me on my butt. He doesn’t know what he’s doing so it yet so we were just appreciating the fact that he was effective without too much fuss. We then rotated and my new partner was the new gal, Swimmer. She’s about my wife’s height (a foot shorter) so automatically has an advantage in certain spots. This was definitely one of them. Once she had the basic dynamic we tried our first variation (I punch with over my lead foot) to which she added a slight bounce with with her hooking foot. The result was my feet flying and since she had twisted my shoulders I had to take the fall from fairly high on the hard floor. I landed beautifully. Yeah experience!
When it was my turn it took me a few times to work out distance and get chagrined about the closeness that is required to execute the move properly (It’s very intimate to have my leg firmly planted between a lady’s legs – especially when they aren’t my wife). The third time I did everything correctly and she went flying – except she wasn’t supposed to and ended up crashing to the floor. She was writhing in pain from a really bad fall and I thought she had broken her wrist! Thankfully she was okay and explained to me that she tried to stop the fall poorly and the shock went up her arm and slammed her shoulder into her jaw. Bad Sempai!
I was examining my feelings after the fact and was surprised that I didn’t feel bad over the possibility that I caused another person possible serious injury, but the horror to know that I still have problems with controlling my power.
On a lighter note – my hunting trip was grueling and my legs are very tired. No bambi’s were harmed.