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I went down to the dojo last night, as my Chan group is on break I took the opportunity to get some Kyudo practice in. Sensei was going to have me help with a few new students however they did not show. I therefore got to receive a check over myself.
I was in a group of relative beginners. They had just started shooting. I was last in the line. It had been awhile since I sat Kiza and even longer since I had to wait that long! OMG! The new guys had a hundred corrections, I was dying! Also having a foot injury did not help. It was brutal. I have to make a point of doing regular Kiza practice even if I do not get to shoot.
My draw over all was not bad there was a couple of small adjustments. My Tenouchi on the Yumi needs work still. I was not holding it flat enough on my palm. Also when Uchiokoshi I am tending to straighten my arms too much. I am returning to an old habit. When doing the scooping. I need to maintain the mind of Tai Chi. We do that same motion as part of the opening but the scooping throws me off.I need to reach with my back and shoulders not the arms.
The big problem I had for the evening and my first real conflict in teaching instructions. Nogami Sensei a Hanshi told me when I am in Daisan my left elbow should be down facing. Arm straight , elbow facing down. This Sensei here a Rokudan is telling me my elbow should be facing out to the side which gives my thumb more leverage to push…
Great!! This maybe one of those things I need to practice as two styles and use whichever is needed at the time.
Nogami Sensei is the more experienced teacher however, I am not there in Japan now…
Finally there was also a bit of suggested politicalness that I found disappointing after class. Not really much of a shock though… just makes me very sad. The correctness of the act I understand. The ignored otherwise, but drawn into this part, is disharmonious to my spirit, or maybe it is just my ego. I will be doing some serious meditation on this for a while. There is a certain mount of Giri I need to do, regardless. Like those old Samurai movies, duty to the clan sort of thing. These things are just part of the larger training and life journey, a form of test to my commitment. Anyway, I need to maintain my focus and be the Bamboo…Yosh!
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My mother in law sent me a couple of magazines from Japan I ordered.
Karamatsu-San had told me my picture was in the Official Renmei mag. But I was surprised to see how many. Kind of a nice treat after being ig’d here.
The AKR has a new website there is a section for members only. Since I got all my news about them from Facebook I was pleased to see that I was admitted to that section when I signed up. So that means I am in good standing …I had no idea as I said before.
I saw they have several stories from members about their trip to Japan, which they asked to be submitted…
Ok so now I know about the website, thanks to Facebook posting, now I can keep up with what is going on in the organization. Mainly the next international test, which will no doubt be posted on Facebook as well. The AKR should setup a Facebook page. that would be helpful.
There is a perhaps larger ( than the Nor-Southern Seminar) Kyudo event up-coming in January on LA. It is not AKR santioned so it most likely will not be listed. It is supposed to be via the Kyudo Alliance the rouge AKR group. It is being promoted more as a tournament both 28 meters and 60 meters than a seminar. Yet there is a senmenar with the program and that is about shooting 28 and 60 meters. I would like to plan on attending but…
anyway I am not really interested in the tournament. I am more interested in the learning experience of the seminar than the competition .
My Chan group is on break the next couple of weeks so I will be helping Sensei at the dojo with his new students. Another form of training for me. The next test seems like a long ways off …these thing roll around pretty quick depending on perspective. I hear it should not be until summer, but I hope it is around Spring. Testing Ni-dan is not that complex I hear but I still need to polish more what I know. Now that I know more of what to expect I can relax more at the testing.
Friday Kung Fu with Shifu is back on however I will miss this month. It will be however good to get back onto the swing of Fu things. I only have another couple of years training with the group left before I sail off into the sunset.
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I am behind on my blog post. I write some on my iTouch however I get caught up in other stuff and do not get around to posting… Oh well. This will continue for a while There is lots going on right now.
It was special I had only a half day to work, but got paid for six, very cool. It was also nice I had the whole weekend off to do whatever I liked. Which was work on the boat for change and get some practice time in.
So Monday after work I headed over to RSD for some kyudo practice. I stopped and had lunch by the water front in Vallejo on the way to the dojo. It was was good to get some quiet time. Once at the dojo after cleaning up some from a/some disgruntle Racoon(s) I started my practice. Since I had the time I went through my whole session starting with some Zazen.
Next up was some Taikyuku doing Sigung’s Taiji palm. It helps warm up the knees as well as the shoulders and chest area besides building the Ki
Once finished with those two items I felt more centered to do Kyudo. I recall the last time I got to practice I did not feel quiet there, er with it, in the connection of balance with the bow. This time on my first shot it felt better, far from perfect but much more centered than before. I went through twelve shots with standing form, before taking a break. After some tea and fruit I went on to the next section , the sitting / kneeling form was next.
I took few deep breaths and had at it. Considering the time without a full practice I thought it went well. It got better as did my shots after I got more centered. Mostly I worked on form, recalling things I was told in Japan, more than going for hitting. I did notice as my draw and form improve so did my hit rate. Again I did six shots, tea then six more before calling it a day and heading home. So in all I had a good three hour practice.
So for the holiday weekend I did get to work on the boat and practice some of my arts. It was a productive and restful weekend holiday, the first in a while and the last for another while.