So tonight was my last class of Shorin Ryu Karate before I move a state away. In keeping with his son putting me through a shark tank in BJJ the night before, tonight my sensei had me spar my five classmates in succession for two minutes each. Now, my sensei knows I have an Aikido background, and, thankfully, is more than happy to let me bring Aikido, as well as any other styles I've dabbled in, into traditionally punch-kick sparring. The first three matches were relatively uneventful, with all three of my opponents trading blows without anything too notable (save for one guy backing me into the onlookers with a particularly furious assault). My fourth match, however, was against my ex, and that's where things got interesting. My ex started Karate a few months after me when I introduced her to it, and has been at my rank or only slightly behind ever since. She hasn't dabbled in as many arts as I have, but claims her father taught her some Systema. We began the match and, given our history, I was a little more aggressive with her than I would be with other opponents. I got in a few good kicks and punches, with her getting in a punch or two. Then I had an idea: I moved in and hit her with a right cross before doing a body change to face in the same direction she was, followed by a kokyu nage. I didn't expect the move to work when I tried it, but work it did! I came up under her chin, bending her backwards and causing her to tumble to the floor. At this point she got up, and, understandably aggravated, came at me with renewed fury. More punches and kicks were exchanged before I moved in to grappling range again. At this point she reached some combination of rage and panic, and I took several close range kicks before repeating the procedure and sending her once again tumbling to the floor with a kokyu. After the second one, she got up, visibly furious, and closed again... only to be stopped by the timer. I wanted to share this because people often criticize Aikido as being hindered by unrealistic and insular training. Well, tonight I managed to apply it to good effect against a determined and resisting opponent. I am now eager to see what I can do at whatever dojo I settle on in my new home. Discuss!