Class began with an extended session on shurikenjutsu, before moving onto tenkai and oten leading into an in-depth review of the Torite Kihon Gohō, looking at the kaname, kyusho and kotsu of each, as well as the associated ukemi taihenjutsu.
For the kata section of the class we moved onto Suitō, looking at the keypoints of main form and its relationship to kihon, as well as formal henka. Following this we reviewed more battōjutsu, looking at drawing horizontally from multiple starts, angles and attacks, as well as drawing for yukichigai.
“Always observe your opponent carefully. You need to use the first seconds of every encounter to evaluate the length of their blade, the length of their arms, etc.” – Hatsumi Sensei