Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Beginner's Point of View 692-693

Day 692:

No class today as I am ill.

Day 693:

No class today as I am ill.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Beginner's Point of View 690-691

Day 690:

No class today as I am ill.

Day 691:

No class today as I am ill.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Beginner's Point of View 688-689

Day 688:

In Iaido class, I completed three sets of kata. I feel better compared to during the tournament.

In Kendo class, we did kihon and then went into what sensei calls “semete” waza. Start at to-maa, kiai, step in, create the opening, and then strike. Each of men, kote, and doh have their own opening. Men-uchi uses a harai-waza of pushing the shinai aside and down. Kote-uchi uses the tricking opening of raising up after asserting sideways pressure. Doh-uchi provokes the uchidachi to strike men. During class, one of our students lodged a huge splinter in his foot. Taking it out caused a large amount of bleeding. Sensei called for a check of the floor and to tape up the problem area.

I was told sensei would be out for an Iaido seminar so I was to teach the next class using the same techniques.

Day 689:

In Iaido class, I completed three sets of kata. No sensei today, so I had to signal the end of class. It felt weird.

In Kendo, I taught the class. One of our shodans offered to lead warm-ups. That was helpful. He was really chatty since the beginners were joining us. I had to silently gesture to speed things up. Reminds me of when I was told the same thing.

In class after kihon, I started in more lecture and practice for semete. I made sure to explain why it worked. Some people were starting already at issokou-no-maai, which is counter to the stepping in. After several rounds of semete, we used it in uchikomi-geiko and kakari-geiko for active practice. Then several rounds of ji-geiko. I even called for one round of dreamlight, but then even I forgot to perform the hiki-waza portion. I guess I don’t like hiki-waza.

At the end of class, I gave a short lecture on the dojo working because we are “Together”. Comraderie and safety were the important points.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Beginner's Point of View 686-687.5

Day 686:

No class today as I am ill.

Day 687:

No class today as I am ill.

Day 687.5 Tournament:

I have arrived at our tournament. I have spent the last week sick and I’m not really recovered. Still, the dojo needs me. I was put in charge of Table A. I spent hours making sure fighters had their ribbons tied and calling out matches. Eventually I had my two matches. I lost both outright. I took my second match into encho so I was at least not useless. It must have been 12 hours since my last meal. I also was too busy setting up the courts to warm up with the others. All day we were running late.

I had a sandwich and chips at lunch with a bottled drink. That should be good enough to finish the day. In our team match, I actually won my match 1-0. We advanced to second round, where we were defeated soundly, as usual. Still, I’m happy enough to win a match today. The first men my second team opponent struck I thought was not right. It was on the very left edge of my skull, not on center. Still, you don’t argue with shinpan. I kinda know how my opponent felt at the tournament before this one. He gave the shinpan a glare but said nothing. I tried an all-or-nothing men attack from to-ma. He countered with a quick men and got me solidly. At the end of the day, I was completely exhausted.

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Beginner's Point of View 684-685

Day 684:

Today I went back to class. I hope I did not push myself too hard and reinjure myself. End of next week is our tournament.

In Iaido class I completed three full sets. No pain yet.

In Kendo class, I was asked to warm up the class. I chose not to do the haya-suburi fully just to be safe. After kihon, we did some kiri-kaeshi and then sensei joined us. He had us do a class to make openings. We practiced step-men, harai-men, harai-kote, osai-men, uchi-komi-geiko (openings), kakari-geiko (no openings), and ji-geiko.

I hope I didn’t push myself too hard. Hamstrings are notorious to re-injure.

Day 685:

In Iaido class, I did 2 full sets and nine kata. Still no pain.

Our other nidan was out today, so I was asked to teach the beginners. Repeating his lessons about walking and 3-step men, I added lessons on two-step men, three-step kote, and two-step kote. I added a few Japanese words to round out the class.

One of the students looked really fatigued at the end. He said he saw black spots. I told him to relax and sit down. After a minute, he was okay.