忍耐 + 掌握人生
Onwards to Melbourne
Monday - Five Dock
I went to Five Dock for keiko as Monday was a public holiday (Labour Day) and UNSW was closed. A lot of the core UNSWKC group also attended the Five Dock training.
After one round of kirikaeshi, the rest of the 1-hour session was mawari-jigeiko.
During the 10 rounds of jigeiko, my focus on that training session was on the body posture, making sure that I make as minimal unnecessary movements as possible.
I had 2 rotations paired up with Yoshiyuki, and it was very exciting to engage keiko with him. He is a fast player. Unlike most of the players in the club where they execute one cut at a time, he is the type of player that has a keen eye for opportunities. If the first cut does not exceed, he spared no time to cut the next opened target, and so on, until he scored an ippon. PAM BAMM BAMM. The consecutive follow-up cuts were executed in such a short time that players who were more accustomed to the one-cut-at-a-time style found themselves in a defensive position.
Feedbacks from Yoshiyuki:
- Keen eyes for opportunities - Most players are accustomed to the set-up > one cut > follow-through > set-up cycle. If I could train my eyes to keep looking for opportunities and my body ready to launch the attack as soon as I finished a cut, I could create my attacking opporutnities myself, and difficult for my opponent to deal with.
- Close-distance snappy kote - When in close-distance situation, the body is allowed to lunge to a level lower than normal kamae. Position the arms in a lower-than-normal level to allow the extended arms to cut with the correct part of the shinai.
Friday - Willoughby
Mark Stone and I led the training as Itakura Sensei was away. It was a great basics training session . And I used this session to really concentrate on the basics of posture, footwork and men cuts.
Itakura Sensei has set out debana-men as the waza in focus on the night. So after working on sashi-men that the class practiced last week, we focused on debana-men.
The emphasis of the night were on:
- One-step one-cut
- Keeping the kensen as close to the nodo as possible before launching men-cut
- Cutting with the correct part of the shinani
Anyway, it is time for me to fly...
Onwards to Melbourne... then to Taipei.