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Monday 31 January 2011

Evaluation of Embu on 19th January 2011

I have spent a bit of time reviewing another embu session, this one taken on 19th Jan. If I manage to get the video on the page then please excuse the French affectation in my clothing. I forgot to pack a shitagi and ended up wearing a black t-shirt underneath to the effect of looking like an 80's ninja.

Anyway, it was good to see some things are maintaining some form of quality. I was really pleased with the first draw of Morotezuki and then a bit dismayed that that didn't convert well into Sanpogiri. I will have to spend a bit of time on Wednesday working out why.

I have got to consciously work on my Noto. This analysis is very good at showing that there is something wrong, the thing wrong being that I am doing exactly what I castigate our students for - opening their thumb to do Noto! I guess I will have to relearn this aspect of iai as it is something I do on nearly every form.

Furikaburi also requires a bit of work (by that I mean a lot). I was quite surprised that my furikaburi or Mae and Ushiro are failing on a couple of critical points, most notably not going past the left ear at all. I know that I can do this right as I have done it before but maybe I am getting in a bit of a rush.

From the forms perspective, Ushiro is suffering the most, possibly because a lot of very basic elements are not working and Ushiro shows them as the worst.

Anyway, I'm going to close this review for now as I have become slightly drunk. I have uploaded the 2nd part of the embu as I can't seem to edit some of the unwanted parts of the 1st part out.