On the weekend, I traveled to Peterborough, Ontario for the annual koryu iaido seminar. I always come back from seminar with some helpful corrections and some less relevant ones. The thing about seminar that is different than my dojo or the grading floor is that it is packed with people. There is a kata that we do where I normally cover a large distance across the floor because I assume a kendo like stance and use okuri-ashi. If I did that in seminar, I'd run into the person in front of me. I often sacrifice technique at seminar in favour of paying attention to my surroundings. Several people near me were obviously oblivious to those around them. On this particular kata, it was not the instructors offering corrections, but people near my own level. This actually drives me crazy. Instructors can usually understand immediately whether you're doing something wrong or adjusting to your surroundings. Now, I did receive some helpful corrections such as that I'm not putting my han
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