Training began with ashi sabaki, looking at various basic patterns as well as moving in all directions from shizen tai. Using these forms as a base we examined them in context of various kihon and kata, Musha Dori, Omote Gyaku Ken Sabaki, Danshu, Sokuboku, Kibō, Gyaku Nagare Henka and Hanebi.
Following on from this we concluded our review of Kukishin Ryū sword with Tsuki No wa and Sayugyaku, examining basic tsuki gata, the angling in each form and the various targets and their structural effects on Aite. Likewise we examined the distancing and angles used in the kodachi gata Jūji Ken.
Finally we reviewed Togakure Ryū Biken with using metsubishi launched from the Saya, Iai ma-ai looking at the use of structure and the particulars of the gyaku waza inside the kata, and the mechanics of Kage No Ittō
“Most sword practitioners try to use only the power of the sword. They don’t try to use their own power. When the sword and the self become one, then you are doubly strong.” – Hatsumi Sensei