First off I would like to apologize for the absolute nonsensicalness that was my last post. That’s what happens when I am pressed for time, ramble, and then don’t proofread.
The point (I think) I was trying to make yesterday was that like many things in grappling, my major obstacle with the crash pad is a mental one. I typically do hip throws, which means in order for the person being thrown, or uke, to properly land on the pad safe ‘n sound, I have to stand facing my uke, with the pad at my back. I have been working on this, but left unchecked I keep stopping myself and hesitating when throwing, for fear of tripping or falling over or not having enough room to execute the throw and end up hurting my partner and I.
The love portion of this whole relationship is when I actually get the person onto the pad: it’s also quite nice to be thrown and land squarely on the big piece of foam. It allows the person, the tori, to keep throwing people over and over again without worrying about a less than perfect landing. Who cares? You’re essentially landing on a mattress! It’s especially a great tool for newer people who might be a little hesitant about being thrown, and worried it will hurt. Voilà, problem solved!
I am still not completely a fan, but I am slowly but surely getting to the point where I can consciously throw onto the crash pad, and less ‘John throwing the pad under my uke at the last second’.
It’s a slow process, but I’m getting there.