is: Where does the steel come from for iaido students?
I was the rag doll (attacker for demonstrations) for my aikido instructor for years, I ran cross country until I threw up, did TKD and boxing to collect some broken noses. I know that I can go well beyond serious injury and continue to fight if necessary and now I can drive my body to that same injury while exercising normally if I'm not careful.
Where does that kind of practice come from for the iaido-only student?
Updated 4th January 2010 at 09:04 PM by Kim Taylor
is: How much of a koryu kop should we be?
When we're on the forums should we be keeping our eyes open for those who, in our opinions as outsiders, are giving incorrect information about a school?
Updated 4th January 2010 at 09:03 PM by Kim Taylor
is: Should beginners be practicing on their own?
It's the holidays and the students are all home for the holidays, should they be practicing on their own? Should I have assigned homework in the form of suburi or kihon? Or should they only practice under watchful supervision?
Is: what does one do without a sensei?
If one reaches a high rank, moves away from the area and starts a new dojo, what does one do without access to sensei?
Updated 4th January 2010 at 09:02 PM by Kim Taylor
I've been watching videos of Kenji Shoudai at this years AJKC and I've been trying out a technique he uses. Seme with your left fist to the centre line, if your opponents kensen follows it then take morote kote stepping though with your right foot. This seems to work really well and is something I'm definitely going to practise.