Class began with a review of the basic tsuki of Kukishin Ryū sōjutsu, before working on the Menkyo Kaiden Henchō Gata. Working in the kihon and lesson from the previous two levels, we worked through the material, examining the function and strategy of each, and how they related to earlier material.
After this we briefly examined the first two Naginata kata, Nagi Taoshi and Sukui Age, examining the difference in function between the yari and naginata, and relating the use of the naginata to bikenjutsu.
“Recently there has been a remarkable number of foreigners coming to Japan to study martial arts. Amongst them they are split into two extremes, those who show almost no interest in rank, and those who relentlessly covet rank; a rank given to them by a Japanese is a “rank for money, for business”. They think budo is about money.” – Hatsumi Sensei