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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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  #125 New 04-27-2004 01:02 AM
I've been realizing in retrospect (in thinking about yesterday afternoon's Jo and tonight's Bokken practice) that when it comes to weapons work, I've started making a habit of really applying this principle --- and not just physically either. Looking back, I notice that I've become of an assertive and martial mindset when practicing with the Bokken and Jo that I have not yet applied to my empty-hand practice. These days, I tend to extend my weapon more strongly outwards, keep a more solid stance, and am willing to impose a (safer) distance with my weapon between me and uke whereas I used to collapse it against my body more often than not.

This has become quite evident not only in my kiai and breathing during strikes, but in kata --- for although I've been asserting myself martially, I've also become more relaxed and less self-conscious about the space I take up (especially when it comes to the latter). I still maintain a conscious effort to be aware of the space between me and others while I practice, but I've become more confident in knowing how close is "too close" and how far is sufficient for complete extension. That nasty step number seven of the Eight Directions kata that for the longest time I felt I just wasn't getting has finally become a lot less nasty as of tonight because of this --- it's actually starting to feel very smooth, and consistently so. [See past journal entry: "Getting tired of the details..." 11-04-2003]

Now, to apply this to empty-hand! (Just not the way I did tonight by extending right through --- and thus spraining --- my left big toe!) I wonder (only half-facetiously) if thinking of my arms as weapons might do the trick?
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