In addition to our focus on breaking down and building up our techniques, Kuster Sensei has been gracious enough to host a three-part jodan seminar. Or rather, how to fight against jodan. We've been going over this for the past two Mondays, with the last part taking place tomorrow, and I have to say that it's been an eye-opener. I thought I knew quite a bit about how to fight against jodan just from the advice that Billy has given me, but after these first two sessions I've learned so much more that it puts what I did know to shame. We've gone over everything from the basics of kamae against a jodan player, to how to move in and strike efficiently by using footwork and body carriage and I'm super excited to see what's in store for our last session tomorrow. I know that next time I face a jodan player in shinsa or taikai I'll definitely be more prepared.
Short post today, for anyone reading, but there's definitely a lot that I was able to take away from all of the teaching that I've had lately, both personally and to the whole dojo, and I am working towards tightening everything up before the next taikai in November. I might not turn any heads with crazy new waza, but I hope to raise the bar for myself and show some all-around improvement. If I can do that then I'll be happy no matter what else happens.