忍耐 + 掌握人生
First Training After Nationals
I played Takeshi, Onodera sensei, Sano sensei and Mike Henstock during the jigeiko session today.
Break Centre --> ATTACK
Every time I played Sano sensei, it was guaranteed that I would learn something through Sano sensei' subtle revealation of the shortcomings in my techniques. Today, he revealed two of my shortcomings.
I was determined to apply seme and break Sano sensei's centre by tapping and pressing his shinai with mine. However, I was too carried away with tapping his shinai that I didn't realise I have already GOT the opening I wanted. It was until Sano sensei's shinai was WAAAAAY off the centre did I realise that the opportunity has long opened. Sano sensei has deliberately let me tap his shinai off the centre and must be looking at when I would realise the opened opportunity. Although I must have looked utterly stupid at that time, I really like the way Sano sensei revealed my mistakes through action rather than talks. It made me think more.
This story shows that I need to understand that the intention of breaking my opponent's centre was to create an attacking opportunity, not tapping the shinai for the sake of tapping.
Kote Cuts & My Left Foot
Another thing that Sano sensei pointed out was my kote cut. I need to be careful of my left foot movement before the kote cut. At the moment, my left foot stepped to the side before I make a kote cut attempt which gave the hint off to the opponent. Sano sensei could see that I was intending to cut kote before I commit the kote cut. So, I need to make sure that my left foot moves forward, but not sideway when executing kote cut.