my men beautifully. Yasuko was also difficult to fight though I could defend better then when I was fighting with the others. Gibbo does a more active kendo. He doesn't put as much pressure as the other people I have fought with in this dojo, but he sees the openings and seizes the moment.
I had many valuable advices from them, especially form Kuroda-san who corrected many fundamental mistakes I make on men-uchi.
The advice from Kuroda:
- Use more kote-men in jigeiko
- Don't use fumikomi. Just let the gravity to do the job. If take a larger and faster step then it sounds naturally louder.
- My hip was not even while striking. The left side is lagging behind.
- My right wrist is turing the wrong way while doing the tenouchi. The inner side of the wrist should not be facing downwards.
- The left-right weight ratios of the feet, and hand grip are 7-3.
- My kote timing is good but it's a shame that I tend to go backwards.
- I ran into his kensen many times. I should try to take the centre. ``The solutions are there, and you just have to find it''.
This training really made the whole week worthwhile. I'm starting to find mistakes I make and things that I have to improve on. It's one of the main purposes of being here.