First Time "Uke"

The Person Sensei Used to demonstrate teckniques all night long


I have never had the honor of being an "Uke" like I did last night. In classes before I was called up once in a while to show a differential to a technique because I am pretty flexable and it's a little more difficult to apply technique on my arms. My senior associate has a bad foot so I was called upon to do his regular duty. I was scared at first but after the first time, I sensed that I needed to relax. I looked into sensei's eyes and immediately I was relaxed.. I was so happy to have this particular honor last night I can't even tell you how much.

Our training dynamics have changed over the month. We all come a little early so we could warm up and we get right into doing techniques. We have been working some very advanced techniques but that is exactly what I've been looking for . When I say that I have found the very thing I've been looking for all these years, I swear I belong here. I feel so bonded like they are a second family it is difficult to explain.

At the end of class we all sat down and sensei called us up one at a time to demonstrate alot of what we learned that night, and I had a difficult time believing that I was able to do everything without question. I am so happy that I think of training in a different way and am getting so much more out of it then when I was young. It seems like now I am ready. It's better than anything as far as getting the endorphines flowing. We use all the pressure points and between all the pain you would never even think it's addictive!!

It feels good!! I love it. always will and that is that!!! I hope whoever reads this has the same kind of thing going on in their life right now, something that makes them feel this good, because even if you have some other things going on that you think that you can't handle, at least you would have something in your life that you could look forward too.

I'm glad I do..

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi primpo, nice to hear that you are still doing this and now are helping to demonstrate the techniques with the senior associate .

Great job vote useful !!!


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey Author

thanks so much. I just have to vent my feelings when I get back from class. I was so excited I was up until 2am or maybe 2:30 but I couldn't make myself go to sleep I was too excited! I very much love this art and what it is doing for my confidence and abilities... I'm so glad you give such insightful thought.. Thanks again..


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Hi there Primpo. Congratulations on this first time uke role. It literally means "the one who receives". I practice Aikido, Judo and Aikiken among others and the uke-nage/tori relationship is pivotal in the learning of both persons. Providing a realistic attack while consciously taking care not to hurt the nage is quite difficult. As an uke, there is so much you can learn as you get to see the technique from a different perspective.


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey Author

Dear jpcmc, I am so honored to have had that role put on me that night. We are a small clan of practitioners so I have the unique position of having ultimate in instruction. We all take turns now being UKE' and he even explained to us that it is a better learning experience. I learn more and more and I can see myself doing this for a long while to come.. where do you train?


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

It's nice to know you're enjoying your training. That will help you learn faster and share more with others.

I teach MMA at my wife's school. But more than just MMA I try to instill discipline and character building.


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey Author

That is so cool. Does your wife train as well? My husband don't train but he doesn't interfere with me..he makes fun of me a little but has stopped when he sees me in the yard with my bokken practicing. I think he knows it's more serios than he previosly thought. Now he hasn't said anything in mock. I don't argue with him..I'm very silent..another thing I am learning from training. Just do what I have too. He leaves me alone.


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I teach her aikido and judo. She enjoys practicing with the bokken as well. I look forward to teaching my daughter as well. She's just 1 month - she's our first baby :)


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey Author

wow, congradulations to both of you.. you have alot of great years ahead of you. Hope you are planning to have more children. Tell your wife I'm glad she is learning also.. I take comfort in knowing that more women are into this also. I hope she does well and enjoys it too. So glad you are teaching her..


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Well, alrighty then! I am glad you having such wonderful experiences. Thanks for sharing.


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey Author

Thank you James.. happy to say I still train, have gotten alot better and way more confident. I am in school full time now and ninjutsu always takes the stress off. lol

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