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One of the other black belts has recently returned from a week long seminar. Charlie took it upon himself to turn the class over to said instructor so we could get some fresh ideas. The class, unexpectedly, turned into a weapons class. Whoo hoo!
The idea was to use the sword as a way to open up the technique. Which it did a splendid job of. Uke position was from a cross hand grab and we did several variations of simple techniques. When it all came together it looked really cool. I was working with Charlie at one point and we both were pretty comfortable so we picked up the pace a little bit. I always give Charlie a little extra commitment when I'm uke. As I was getting whipped around and trying to find my line to take the throw, some other students stepped into my line and I had to make an adjustment. Somewhere in the process Charlie unintentionally tested the durability of his bokken on my skull. Let me assure you it's a very solid piece of oak.
The practice really gave me a new aspect on how the technique is supposed to feel. The sword wont let you bunch up and force the application. It just won't work. When you get it right it is just a beautiful sight that looks and feels effortless.
We also got introduced to silent hard falls. That's gonna be a work in progress for a while. I'll keep ya posted.