Friday, October 21, 2005

Back to basics...

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of Peter taking over the class from Claire. A member of the Kenshikan dojo who is currently teaching kendo over in Hobart, Tas. I don't actually know his rank but I believe he is higher than 4th Dan. Training was abit different, for the first hour of training was focused on basic footwork.. alot of okuri-ashi, etc.

At the start of the week we were introduced bogu.. just the Do and Tare for now. Personally, it doesn't feel any difference besides the obvious weight gain. Adjusting to seiza and bowing at first was kind of painful but probably contributed to poor sizing. Can't wait to go in full armour (kote and men), but in the mean time.. need to go back to basics. Here are the little things I will need to fix.

  • Turning correctly - face opponent - really need to pay attention!
  • Smaller steps

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