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Today was brown/black belt class, so I was again on my own. I did some forward rolls, then sit falls (they are now much better), then some knee walking and pivoting. Last half an hour I did bokken cuts. Not it's amazingly easy, my hands are not so tense now and while cutting I'm actually resting. The only time I have to use my muscles is to hold bokken in front of me before cuting and at the end to fix the cut. Raising is not a problem, the position with raised sword is relaxed after sensei shown me the right position of hands - stick them up, do not drop bokken too far behind you. Then cut, which is a relaxed movement. In the beginning, the left hand is leading, when it reaches the belly button, it stops and right hand continues with hips and body turning a little to the left to give right hand more extension (compensating the distance between two hands). That way both hands are extended and cut is very powerful. Sensei noted that sometimes when the left hand arrives to the final point, I pull it a little back. I don't get exactly what that means, but kinda feel that. I think I was not extending enough the left hand, therefore when right hand finishes the cut and body turnes, I have to move the left hand to correct it's position. Extending left hand (cutting a little further) I think solves that problem. Other than that, sensei did not tell anything about my cuts and I feel much better about them.