Monday, November 13, 2006
Also known as bokken dori, these techniques involve neutralizing the uke who is attacking with a bokken. After stretching and warming up with some suburi (quietly so as not to disturb the yoga class next door!) Sensei worked us through nine (well, eight because koshinage would be too loud) techniques from kokyunage, kaitennage, ikkyonage and sumi otoshi to blade reversals where the uke has to let go and move away quickly to avoid getting cut by his or her own sword. Of course, with a bokken that's not as big a danger but it is part of training as an uke to be more than just a fall guy. T. and I really enjoy the weapons classes and we're glad that Sensei is continuing them on Monday nights.