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Went to weapons last night. One of the shodans had to teach as our nidan instructor is nursing an injured lower back. He was told that he would have to get surgery on his herniated disc, but he went to someone he knows who does bodywork (who used to train with us) to get a second opinion. He's been on the mend since having her work on him for the last few weeks and doesn't think he'll need surgery. She told him that one of his muscles was causing the pain in his sciatic nerve and that the herniated disc wasn't the problem. He's going to have to train his body to move in certain ways so that the pain doesn't come back.
I think I had a breakthrough last night when doing one of the paired exercises. I don't know what it's called but it's the one I mentioned in my February 2nd entry where you and your partner practice blocking each other's shomen strike. Previously when I'd block I'd stop my masiuki motion when my partner's bokken would strike mine then I'd shomen. When doing the exercise this way my bokken would often strike my shoulder because I was doing two separate motions when they're supposed to be one motion. And of course timing is essential…as always.