Chan/Taiji/Kyudo…Sanmai-ittai revisted.

6 03 2010

Star date 03-05-2010 Planet Earth…

I decided to revisit my practice from the other day. However this time from a different mind set…

When I teach Tai Chi class, we do stretching, then Chi Gong, then 5 -10 min of sitting meditation, then Tai Chi walk, then the form. I do not look at it as separate things, which they are, just one thing that lays the foundation for the next level. The same with the Shaolin/Mantis class. Stretching, Chi Gong, Zhan Zhung ( because we are outside), Tai Chi, then Basic drills, etc… again not separate things, just foundation for the next phase of training, the next level.

I decided to run my today’s practice also as such. Not as an experiment of pieces, but as a whole unit like the other classes. I had RSD to myself today, not even the employees came around. No rain, but there was still a certain peacefulness. I started with some Stretches and motion Chan to warm up for sitting. Then I did sitting Chan ( Zazen) for 10-15 min. Today without a lot of thought about what I am feeling and taking that into Tai Chi. I  just did Tai Chi, with some extra thought to my breathing. Slow and deep breathes. I have not been feeling like I’m doing death enough breaths with Kyudo and that was also mentioned to me by the Sensei in LA when watching my video.

Lastly I went into Renmei Tai Hai. Again with out a lot of thought on what I was gong to do, other than breathe deeper, stand taller, body alignment. I think the whole thing went pretty well. I felt comfortable throughout. I did found lot that I shoot better with Aluminum Ya than Bamboo. I also figured out why afterward. The Aluminum one are lighter, they bend with less pressure. I can see them bend so I lighten my hand, my grip. Therefore the release is smoother and they fly straighter. The bamboo is thicker, I can tell when I am holding it way too tight but not a little too tight. I’m learning little by little. Practice makes a Sho-Dan ( new mantra)…yosh.

I think there is improvement, still needs some polish…what do you think?

ok, a few day break from blogdom, at least here, maybe I will go sailing tomorrow, whoot. At least spend some time down on the boat. Change the oil, study Japanese. I’ll do that a lot next week  instead of blogging, I’ll practice and study maybe sail.

Mata ne!



5 responses

6 03 2010
Martin F

“Needs polish” is a funny comment from someone who says he doesn’t care about spelling, yet having such a terrific blog. We all need a lot of polish. We keep polishing that mirror, that’s life.

– Shoteki

14 03 2010
Nicolai S

Heya.. looks nice.. 2 things i noticed tho.. first, try to keep the bow closer to your knees when turning it, as to avoid having to lean to mutch forward to grasp the tsuru in kiza. second.. ( and this might be caused by the low quality of the clip) but are you doing Ikasu with both arrows? (making the knee “active”)

Its minor things tho, and you will no doubt get your sho-dan, if that’s what your training for. Tokyo seminar -taikai in april?

14 03 2010

Thanks for the tips!! Yes, Tokyo in April , Banzai!

22 03 2010
Romulus Burnett

Zen, Zen, Zen, Zen, Zen!!!!

7 06 2010

wow i like it, i think you are master 😉

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