Skip to main content

Warrior Wednesday - Progress with Standing Oku Iai

[caption id="attachment_11040" align="alignright" width="300"]sword Image created using Bitmoji[/caption]

I wasn't feeling like going to practice last night at all. It's winter. Home has comfy pants and Netflix. Outside has cold air that hurts my face.

I'm really glad I sucked it up and went. Practice was great last night! I'm not sure Sempai would agree as he had to keep getting us back on task, but we worked on Standing Oku Iai kata while having fun conversations of the type I'm used to in school with the comedy group.

Some things finally clicked for whatever reason. I knew some of it was advice I had heard before, but I guess my mind couldn't apply it or see the scenarios clearly before. Specifically, Shinobu (shh-no-boo) and Sodome (sew-doh-may) are feeling better. I think part of it was having so many higher ranked people there to watch.

For Shinobu, I finally get what I've been doing wrong. I was close before, but it was like having a word on the tip of your tongue yet feeling the word is one you haven't learned yet. For some reason, it wasn't clicking where my opponent's sword tip would be and therefore I couldn't get where their body would be. Of course, their tip will be where I tapped with my blade! I feel like such an idiot on that one.

For Sodome, I was having trouble putting my hip into things. We do the stairs scenario at my dojo. I had been told how to do it before, but I couldn't understand it really. This will sound very strange, but it's almost a hanmi (han-mee - kind of sideways) stance and we bring the end of sword handle to the side of our right butt cheek. Basically. Usually when we get our hips into things, it's more of a forward facing stance and more like a pelvic thrust. Since we're going down stairs, it's very strange to act out on flat ground.

Maybe soon I'll remember all the kata names in that set and how to do them without help.

My bicep is sore today. It shouldn't be. I tensed too much last night and my sword wasn't making noise most of the time because I was using the wrong muscles. One step forward and two steps back.

And that's how it flows today.
R~

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hanna "Semi Precious" Murphy

A legend in the roller derby community is gone. How and why, I do not know. What I do know is that many are reeling from the news, myself included. 
Hanna was known for big hits and a brilliant personality. I experienced her hits first hand as she sent me flying a number of times. Then she'd smile and make sure I wasn't hurt. 
I stumbled onto this clip on Youtube from 2012 and I think it shows Hanna as many knew her.
She was a force off the track too.
As a cofounder of the award-winning Top Shelf Distillers, she gave much to the surrounding Ottawa Valley community.  
Hanna was a relatively petite woman and it was she who taught me that I could be mighty despite my size. I wouldn't be the woman I am today if I hadn't had the pleasure and the privilege of sharing the track with her. 
I'm shocked. I'm sad. I'm upset I'll never see her or speak to her again. 
R.I.P. #10.

Rae-Rae

Change is in the Air

I've been making a lot of changes lately around my home and some of them might seem a little odd, but they're making me happy. One thing I've done is taken apart my dining table. I never eat in there or have people over to eat. It was just another horizontal surface that would collect things like receipts, odd screws from various projects, and countless piles of paper. I had been frustrated because of the clutter it encouraged, but also because I didn't have a space for my Yamaha keyboard. I had been trying to use my keyboard in the living room, but it felt too cluttered and it wasn't sitting at the right height. With it now in my dining room, I was able to relocate my storage bench, which happens to be the perfect height to sit at while playing my keyboard. I now have much more breathing room. There is still a lot of mess to handle here yet, but I'm making solid progress. A lot of people suggest the bedroom is the place to start when decluttering, but I haven&…

Feeling My Age - ROW80 2020 R1-4

I've reached the age where my body has decided to have issues. Not constantly, but frequently. Sprinting for a bus can leave me with an injured ankle simply from using it, not from actually twisting it in ways it shouldn't move, just a fairly normal activity. I guess I need to warmup and stretch before walking to the bus now. About a decade ago, I was given a guard for my teeth due to grinding. And for the next month, I need to sleep with wrist braces because my doctor thinks I'm developing carpal tunnel. Really, I'm surprised it hasn't happened before now given my level of computer use. My mom had it years ago and had to have surgery. From reading books of all things. Anyway, he thinks if I sleep with braces on that it may be enough to keep it at bay because the nerves will get 7-8 hours of rest. After 4 days and nights, the tingling has been reducing, so I'm hopeful.
"Your body is like an elastic." -Georges St. Pierre I recently stocked up on health…