When Georg took over the training, he asked us to use two shinais to do 500+ suburis. Very, very tiring.
After a few rounds of long kirikaeshi down the hall and normal kirkikaeshi, men-uchi, and sashi-kote-men, we started jigeiko. We had chance to practise with everyone, 6 people in totoal. For ippon-shobu I drew two, won two, and lost one to Georg.
- I found that keeping the upper body straight during kirikaeshi actually helps the beathing, and therefore makes it easier.
- I repeated the same thing to Wei as I did to Misha on Tuesdays training. I kept hitting his kote until he didn't raise the shinai.
- My hiki-men is still not sharp enough, so my opponent can block it.
- don't let the kensen drift too far away from the centre otherwise it'd take a long time or more effort to make the strike (I tend to reverse the shinai and draw a big circle to strike)
- good strong kote. He very kindly said that he hasn't been (or not for a long time ) hit by such a strong debana-kote.
- becareful of the zanshin after kote. Dont raise the shinai backwards.
- He stressed to everyone how useful and important kote-men is.
- more tenouchi.