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Firstly I would like to say that all of the material contained within this blog is of my own opinion and any inaccuracies in technical content or other's personal quotations are completely my own.

Secondly I would like to thank everyone in advance where I have used photos of you or photos you have taken. I have quite a library of digital photos and virtually no record of who took them so I hope you will take this general thanks as adequate gratitude. If there are any photos of you or taken by you that you would like removed please let me know.

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Thursday 14 June 2012

Once more unto the breach...

Well, I am soon to be off again for my 6th dan grading try (my 2nd time). I had what I thought was  a very successful training session last night in the dojo, it is amazing what a course of ibuprofen will do for one's legs. Apart from tweaking a few bits here and there I feel quite positive about my iaido right now. 

We had a fantastic seminar in Villingen, Germany last week with Ishido Sensei and while we were bombarded with points there was no shortage of actual training. Thinking time and space and being able to put concepts into practice is so very conducive to one's progress (there we go, stating the bleeding obvious). Sensei paid me a bit of time and effort to get my footwork better in Seitei.

Well, it's not going to be a long post this time. I have trained, I have changed, I have lifted the hem on my hakama. I'm sure there is no end of things to do but I would like to be treated at least fairly at this event this weekend. 

Oh yeah, to dedicate a song to this weekend I am going with a small band, some of you might have heard of them. While the lead singer can get on people's nerves quite a lot, the music they have produced is still, in my opinion, some of the best ever.