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Creation Date: 11-22-2004 06:17 PM
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  #11 New 10-14-2004 01:06 PM
Not much to say. Today was black belt training as usual, so I was doing my stuff alone. Short warmup, rolls, knee walking. I noticed my forward rolls have some gaps. Though everybody in dojo probably think I'm very good at forward rolls, I felt today I need to practice them constantly. The problem - at some point my roll is terminated and my back drops on the floor. So it was kind of incomplete and in the end I could hear me bumping on my back. Working on that for some time I managed to correct myself and it became smoother, but there are hundreds nuances which I don't understand yet. Well, I'll roll more to discover them.
Then I practiced cutting with boken. Just raise and cut and back in the stance. Trying to concentrate on the stance and position of my hands. Concentrating on the tip of the boken is helpful, but for now I want to control my hands with my mind to make sure I'm doing the right thing. As soon as I'm sure my hands know what they are doing, I'll move my concentration on the flow.
Sensei approached me once during the class and said that my hard work shows up. I thanked him. It's nice he is supporting me, though I'm not used to it. My previous sensei has never expressed his thought about my technique or progress. The only time he said I'm doing progress when I told him that after about 4 years I know nothing. Just different approach I guess.
After the class I asked sensei how far back I should move boken. After his demonstration I think I was doing that right, but I need to verify using a mirror.
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