Something in my mind has changed when it comes to Iaido. I don’t know what, can’t put a finger on it, but today I had a moment where I connected to it in a way that I previously hadn’t.

I also learned that when it comes to testing, since I am learning all kata standing (even though many are traditionally done starting from a kneeling position), I only have to use standing kata. I really do need to work on the kneeling kata actually in seiza or tatehiza, but it’ll come eventually. I’m just too unfit to handle it at the moment.

Today’s mission was learning the seitei kata Ganmen-ate. Since we (by ‘we’ I mean ‘me’) have a little issue with our footwork, turning and not either tripping in our hakama or falling on our face takes some work. I have a very bad habit of not standing wide enough, leaving my stance too narrow, which will throw off anyone’s balance. Think railroad tracks. Since the first video is shot at an angle, it’s sort of hard to picture, so the second one is better illustration. Being a girl, standing wide is something we’re taught not to do. So it, along with standing with my toes pointing out instead of straight ahead, are habits I need to unlearn – at least in the dojo.

2015 12 17 - 08:55

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