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Old 08-29-2010, 06:18 AM   #1
Daniel Lloyd
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Leaf Cutting with Bokken

Spent a wonderful afternoon being coached by my father about intensive training. We spent most of the afternoon cutting the leaves in our backyard. *Doesn't sound very intense huh?* With a BOKKEN. Not just lopping them off blindly, but cutting the very edges off piece by piece. Started on the large leaves then worked my way onto the smaller ones. The smallest leaves are probably 1cm longer, maybe less. and I was told I had to hit the very tip.

Surprising how much focus and skill it takes.

I know this sounds "ridiculous" (ridiculous is just another word for awesome) but any thoughts/opinions/similar experiences?
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:51 AM   #2
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Re: Leaf Cutting with Bokken

Interesting....I have heard stories of practicing cutting the corners off a spinning piece of paper, Evidently they would suspend it by a string (attached to the middle of the paper) and set it spinning and then try to cut the corners off,
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:57 AM   #3
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Re: Leaf Cutting with Bokken

I've accidentally lopped of parts of leaves while practising in the garden with an iaito. It takes a lot of uchiko to get rid of green leaf goo.

So I take it you mean leaves still attached to trees? That sounds like quite an interesting activity. If the weather calms down I'm going to have a go at that later.

"Never escalate a battle unless forced to do so by your enemy" - Zordon
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:07 AM   #4
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Re: Leaf Cutting with Bokken

"So I take it you mean leaves still attached to trees? That sounds like quite an interesting activity. If the weather calms down I'm going to have a go at that later."

an when Autumn you should be good enough to do the falling ones ;-)
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:08 PM   #5
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Re: Leaf Cutting with Bokken

Yes, leaves still attached to trees.

Even if the wind moves it, I still must cut it.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:32 PM   #6
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Re: Leaf Cutting with Bokken

Just finished another round of intensive leaf cutting.
Arms are buggered, fingers are blistered, but I'm loving it.

Thank goodness there are like a bizillion leaves.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:55 AM   #7
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Re: Leaf Cutting with Bokken

Quote:
Daniel Lloyd wrote: View Post
Thank goodness there are like a bizillion leaves.
Easy to say if you are not a tree...
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