Class began with ashi sabaki and Gogyō practice, followed by shurikenjutsu, keri waza, atemi no tanren, tenkai practice and kohō kaiten from musha dori.
We moved onto Uranami and Tenchi from the Kotō Ryū Shoden, examining keeping a good position throughout and the correct te-sabaki for the final strike in each kata. For the sword section we repeated Kochōgaeshi and its Sayugyaku, focusing on maintaining the ma-ai and angling with the leap.
“Don’t hesitate and don’t hold back. In a real confrontation, if you do, you die” – Hatsumi Soke