Try To Walk And Chew Gum

Just about time you can get through the 31 step bokken kata and you think you might be making some progress, you should try leading the kata at the front of the class, while counting the steps in Japanese.

I love Aikido. There are lessons of great depth in the simplest things. To maintain your focus on the kata itself, while keeping the four basic principles, is difficult enough. To have the conscious part of your mind engaged on counting in Japanese, which is still a task in translation, and lead the kata at the same time...

As spring comes on I will be out in the back yard with a bokken.

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