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Oh boy, another great energizing exercise it was,
I was a little late, and i caught my Sensei still in the dressing room, dressing up. We discussed at bit about that I may go to Germany for some time, and off i went to class.
Today, Sensei's student (shodan) gave the lesson and my Sensei was practicing with us! Which means, if you practice with him, you need to be on full alert and keep up the practice (I guess he also stretches my limits & knowledge to re-fine them!).
After 10 minutes of warm up, we began by doing some basic techniques and than the entire was was a Jo Practice day.
I noticed today that my shomenuchi wasn't at it best since for some reason I kept thinking about my foot work instead of letting my unconscious do it for me, so it slowed me back for a while.
*Note, to whoever who wears glasses, be sure to tighten them up before beginning each technique because they sometimes tend to fall on the nose and u get a blurry image
Than it came...
Sensei & me, doing the Komijo tsuki/shomenuchi (Sometimes I keep mixing up the names.. hehe, Time will fix that), we started practicing, and up the pace went, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, sometimes my teacher did other techniques, sometimes I tried to catch him off guard. sometimes he stopped me and corrected my Jo placement and hands.
overall, it was great and also tiring (speed/accuracy) session.
At the end of the practice, we've done some pairing massage for muscle stretching, which made me feel alive in the end!.
When class ended, I trained a Jo Kata with a friend (15moves, dunno the name...) and it goes like that:
tsuki -> guard -> tsuki -> gaurd -> shomenuchi -> shomenuchi (same hands, forgot the name) with 360 turn -> shomenuchi -> knee tsuki (from behind) -> turn 180 -> tsuki -> shomenuchi->shomenuchi -> gaten gaeshi -> gaten gaeshi -> knee tsuki.
fun fun fun
I asked some questions about the test next week, and it is overall, a 3 hour seminar with my teacher (his leaving to Germany for 5 years or so, so I guess I'll be seeing him back on important seminars during the years).
That is why he wanted to do a last seminar with test in the end!! yay! I need to come with a clear head and remember techniques and their names. Mabye I'll be up in Rank!? who knows.
October is near, and another seminar will take place, with Sensei Michael Levy Neumand (4th Dan). I can't wait for my second seminar with him, It was an amazing experience!.
overall, it was a great day! and i'm looking for even greater days.
One thing I sometimes forget, is to keep doing KI Breathing techniques as described in Koichi Tohei's book "KI in daily life".
This indeed brings my Ki to good balance and helps practice more lightly with greater awareness.