Northampton is also a nice big dojo with a smooth floor although it does have the propensity to rip the feet up a bit. We worked gradually through Seitei and concentrated on:
- My footwork.
- Body balance.
- Relaxing Ochiburi so that it didn't kill my right arm
I am also discovering something of a hidden beauty in Ushiro. Where previously we "stood" the feet up and turned, the instant turn which is now required creates its own Jo-Ha-Kyu. It is impossible to start that turn quickly without getting into a twist. In the previous method one could spin around on the knee once the feet were standing and I often thought that this detracted from the kata somewhat especially when considering the importance of a gradual build up of speed on the first 5 kata of Shoden Omori Ryu.
I was warned not to push the sword down on Kesagiri (naughty me although I can trace the source of that error). I also consciously affirmed that a slightly stronger angle away from vertical on the first draw of Morotezuki did wonders for the stability of that cut although I now have to be careful about footwork on the thrust preparation. I was told to just focus on squaring the body up and this would be enough foot movement to do the tsuki prep.
The rear thrust on Ganmenate was coming up too high and I am going to have to work on that as I have been doing it that way forever!
As I reached Shihogiri both my arms were starting to hurt and I was allowed to give it a rest and help the others. It was really good turn out for iai as there were a lot of new people all of them showing some good promise.
While I'm on here, I was asked by Peter West to translate the individual terms for Kan-Kyu-Kyo-Jaku and I have pasted them below:
- Kan (yuru, yurumeru etc) means to go slow, to slacken and to loosen. It has a feeling of slackness or leisure.
- Kyu (isogu) means to rush, hurry up. It has a feeling of urgency or haste.
- Kyo (tsuyoi) means strong, mighty powerful and robust.
- Jaku (yowai) means weak, feeble, fragile and faint.
Anyway, I'm glad now that I have done all those seminars with Oshita Sensei, I hope it was useful to them.
Iaido training tonight so another entry later or tomorrow.