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Old 01-19-2001, 07:10 AM   #15
Dojo: NUI, Galway Aikido Club.
Location: Galway, Ireland.
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 334

This is another thing that I was really considering - buying my own bokken and then going through some kind of kata by myself at home.
I found repeated shomen cuts to be good. In a broad stance, bending knees as you cut, allowing the tip to hit the ground. That and going into a squat position with the heels touching on a cut. That way I could condition my midsection/hips a bit at the same time. Just go until you can't tense your shoulders. (within reason.)

With kata, or even just four/eight directions, I find it harder to get going. I know they're important, but I just don't reach that shoulder exhaustion that teaches you to relax.

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