Louis R Joseph (aikilouis) wrote:
I've read that Hikitsuchi sensei used to perform Shinto ceremonies for hours to celebrate O-Sensei, and they were immediately followed by demonstrations. His students had to keep ready to stand up and practice.
True. Actually, even without the demonstrations, towards the end of the ceremony, we would bring an offering of branches up to the kamiza. Simply walking up there, people have on occasion, twisted their ankle because they could not feel their lower legs.