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Jim ashby
01-17-2003, 05:25 AM
Last Friday night I was at a sister Dojo to ours on one of our regular monthly visits. during the class, I was paired with a student for bokken work. After the class he approached me for a few pointers. To cut a long story short, he asked me to attack shomen whilst he defended. I did so, not "as hard as I could" but with "martial intent". The result was his bokken in pieces on the mat, with not a mark on mine. I must add that my bokken is 12 years old and was cheap!
Anyway, I was discussing this with one of our instructors ( a 4th Dan Aikido and a 2nd (?)Dan in Kendo) who said "save it up, don't get to do many perfect cuts in your life".
To the question. Have any of you had a "perfect moment" in your martial arts career and , if so, would you share it with us?
Have fun.

01-17-2003, 06:25 AM
So far, my most "perfect" moment was deciding to start my martial arts career.. :)

Ta Kung
01-17-2003, 06:42 AM
I have a few, but the one I'll share now is actually my friends moment more then mine...

We were doing a bokken awase drill, but with a lot of speed. When I made a shomen strike to block my friends bokken, his bokken hit the top of mine. And get this, he split my bokken in two pieces! :eek: I have a photo to prove it, I'll post it here as soon as I've scanned it.


01-17-2003, 11:57 AM
Nothing quite so dramatic as having weapons splinter on me :D but in my short (ONE!) year on the mat, my "perfect moment" would have been my gokyu grading...

I was nage in the first pair-up, so I actually had to know the names of all the techniques - I'd trained maybe three months, and only had started learning Japanese for less than that, but after the first shomenuchi irimi nage, I remember nothing. Everything was just a wonderful, floating period of time until I was bowing before the grading panel and receiving a certificate!


01-17-2003, 01:45 PM
More and more often while doing randori I notice that time and space seems to slow down and I have all the time in the world to do what I want. Kind of a spin on Kokyu Ryoku or being in the zone.

When it happens, it is an amazing feeling.

01-22-2003, 11:21 AM
I remember two times that I've actually performed a technique against a real true attack and it felt just perfect. (probably wasn't though )

01-23-2003, 09:44 AM
I wouldn't call it a "perfect moment" but there was one time when I was 3rd kyu and practising with a senior shomenuchi kokyu nage (irimi).

I performed the technique pretty smoothly and was very relaxed. My CI was watching us doing it pair by pair and he said "One in a..." and paused before adding "thousand." ;) I guess he knew how not to inflate an ego!