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Saturday we worked on basic movements and kata during iaido class. The kata are somewhat similar to the kumitachi I studied previously, but with different emphasis and technique for the cuts. However, the need for zanshin and the transference of principles from sword to aikido are readily apparent.
I've got a number of annoying problems to work on for my sword work. My footwork is strange, but correct on the left side and weird on the right. Finally, I need to relax a lot more on my cuts (making sure the sword follows a clean line on cuts) and on my stances.
Aikido class was very interesting too. We worked on sankyo. The technique as taught at my new dojo is different than the more classical technique as most aikidoka would perform it, but the end result is unquestionably sankyo -- it most certainly felt like sankyo.
It's a lot like the difference between multiplication and division. Three times four is twelve, and twelve divided by four is three. No matter how you look at the problem, the relationship among the numbers does not change.