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Weapons class. Today we did the 7th both versions, and the 8th….Of what you may ask…Good question, it went by too quick, and it was so radically new, that I was focused on the techniques and not the name. 9 I asksed on 6/3 and was told that these were the Kumi Jo's) The 8th involved using the jo to Nikkyo your partner! Wow this was new! And in the 7th you pushed your partner back with your stick on their elbows while they were mid strike! This was really different. The Goal of the 7th was to irimi naged your partner with your stick! Wow!
I went really slow, and was corrected on how to hold my jo again…Wish that I could get something down in sticks so that it flowed a little more. It makes me feel like such a lumbering clutz! Sensei pointed out again that my stick attacks are not near the person even, let alone on target. I am afraid of whacking someone…He joked and said that I should not be the one that is afraid, that he was the one that knew what he was doing, and that if anyone got whacked it would be him….It didn't help….
Then Sensei rolled out of the throw in the 8th, and WOW it was like watching something out of an action movie, a complete forward roll while holding a stick, then he was just standing there with his stick again! He did it a couple of times, it still was like magic! I can't get my rolls to feel good all the time, and here he was just a natural as could be with a roll out HOLDING A BIG STICK!
If I don't quit, and don't die, and practice hard, will I really get there?
We did the 31 count Kata backwards! Wow, I was having a very hard time trying to do the 13 count Kata, as my weapons class participation has not happened in over a month. The 31 seemed like some foreign country I visited literally once or twice before. Then when we did it backwards I kind of had it, and knew what happened next. Definitely not conscious brain…Weird!