Class began with an extended session on shurikenjutsu, looking at Jiki Dahō from various distances and to different targets, and several versions of Tōtoku Hyōshi in response to senban nage. After this we reviewed several basic draws from our Battōjutsu traditions, examining individual parts and synchronising them into the whole movement, as well as concepts of zanshin in some of the kata.
For the taijutsu section of the class we reviewed the main kata and henka of Santō (攅当) and Santō (攅倒) of the Kotō Ryū, focusing on the kotsu and timing of each, before touching on the third kata Kotō, examining the ashi sabaki and atemi.
“It doesn’t matter how quickly you do it, just keep the same timing between moves. The human heart also normally beats at a steady rhythm. When you get excited, it becomes erratic. You must work toward this control (by achieving the immovable heart) so that when something exciting or dangerous happens (you and) your heart doesn’t become erratic.” – Hatsumi Sensei