During kihon-geiko, we did a couple of round of butsukari-geiko (two consecutive sets of men-taitari-hiki-men/kote/do, and finishing with a men-uchi). I was lucky enough to did this with Tatsuro. He corrected me that I should never move as a motodachi when the kakarite execute taitari. The lower abdomen should be pushed forward, and be brought to clash with the opponent. It's one thing training with the others and another thing training with him. It felt like being hit by a bull. So I had to almost exaggerate (from our normal standard here) my movement in order to stop him properly. I tried it again and it worked.
I also practiced sashi-men with him. What stood out from his men-strike is the forward movement of his hip and abdomen. The moment that he seme'd and launched his strike, it felt like he was "falling" forwards onto me. The power and the speed was tremendous.
I was extremely tired towards the end of the jigeiko. Maybe because I trained only once a week in the past month due to various reasons.
Tatsuro gave me some advice after the jigeiko:
- He noticed that when he seme'd I tended to back out. He told me to have patience and seme back.
- The distance between the left feet of both players should be kept the same most of the time. The right feet, however, moves forwards or backwards during seme.
- I pointed out that when he retrieved while I attacked, I tried to do rezoku-waza with men, but I couldn't keep my momentum up. He said the left arm is important, and I should do more katate-men. One should also strike with the hip.
- He said, in kendo, the body is relaxed, and the hip is very important.
- My seme leading up to the men-strike is not enough. I have to hold the centre while bringing my shinai up.