Making the most of efficiency here and squeezing two sessions into one post. I test-drove my montsuki and hakama in the last two Wednesday sessions to see how they might affect my iai. The answer - they do. A bit.
First the bad bits. Ukenagashi was comical in that the arm movement tends to make the left sleeve slap you in the face. I had to slightly modify the speed to stop this from happen.
Other than that....not much really.
The good bits, it fits nicely, the hakama is very light moves nicely. Apart from that not much to report.
My sensei gave me some very good feedback on the last two sessions concerning lower body preparation for Mae and Shohatto. My left leg is not quite as active as the right and there is more tension on the entire right side. I worked on trying to get a balance of tension on both sides by rising up and getting both sides with an even feeling. This is a good way of getting the body moving and having a feeling of pressing forwards by pressing inwards.
Did some embu training last night and found I need to:
- Shorten my forward movement in Shohatto to join up furikaburi with the taisabaki.
- Speeding up the Tozume link between the two opponents.
- Lower my arms in the Chinugui position in Ukenagashi.
- Introducing some merihari into Morotezuki.
- Sharpening up Sogiri without going into koryu timing.