Training today: – Darren, Jay, Chris.
This session lasted close to three hours again, it seems that time accelerates when focusing on shuriken-jutsu. Happily, we had received the package that Otsuka Sensei had sent us (thank you Sensei!), and it included two safety fundo kusari, three sets of bou-shuriken, as well as 6 soft shuriken. We also ordered two dvds covering the fundo kusari waza up to ni-dan level, but we have not had time to look at those dvds.
We started by exploring the soft shuriken and safety fundo kusari, but decided to start practicing those during our Monday evening sessions when we have more space. We then looked at the new bou-shuriken (cut from steel), and compared them to a forged set purchased through Yamato budogu as well as a set that was hand forged by a friend. The new sets are a bit different in style with a different tip, and we think slightly different weight.
We focused again on Shomenuchi, trying out the different bou-shuriken to get to experience the differences in feel, throwing, as well as grip. Each set feels different, and each of us had a preference for one kind.
Continuing from Saturday’s session, the focus was on accuracy. We used the grid pattern on a puzzle mat to focus aim and accuracy of the entry of the bou-shuriken, trying to accomplish an “A” entry, as explained in Shirakami Ikku-Ken Sensei book Shuriken-Do. After a while, we decided to use a traditional MSR target to switch training up a bit.
We also received the German translation of Otsuka-sensei’s book. It is very similar to the Spanish edition, with a few additions here and there (as it is a newer version than the Spanish version). It is great book and will provide us with lots of content to philosophize about.
This was another great session, thank you everyone for showing so much effort. And… we may have another person interested in joining as well.
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