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During weapons last night we did bokken. I am really enjoying the weapons classes so far. We're being taught by one of the nidans.
After the warm ups we did suburi (sp?) from one to five. Then paired exercises.
My blocks are bad. They don't block anything. My fingers would be sliced right off. I don't turn my blade or my hips enough to block effectively.
My tsuki feels very awkward. The whole winding up with the hips and tsukiing doesn't feel "natural" yet.
However, I was told that my extension is good on my shomen.
The second last exercise we did was a form exercise. We did three then put them together into one. Step in shomen, step in tsuki, turn shomen, step in shomen, step in tsuki, turn shomen. Then step back shomen, step in tsuki, turn shomen…etc. Then he added a masiuki (sp?) and change in direction which totally confused me.
When the instructor did the whole thing through it looked so fluid and crisp…almost electric.
The final exercise is the one where you and your partner face each other, lower your center and practice shomen and blocking (as you block you move your torso to the side away from your partners blade). My shoulders got really stiff from this exercise more than any other.
I'm already looking forward to the next weapons class.