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Periodic Tidbits

  • Ishihara Kazuyuki, (Kyoshi 8 dan) in the context of kamae [Kendojidai_Ishihara].
    • (T)he left hand, left hip, and left foot must be one.
  • Ito Harufumi (Hanshi 8 dan) in the context of Seme with opponents at about the same skill level [Kendojidai_ItoHarufumi]
    • Think of a situation in which you’d think “I have to hit or want to hit”.  “What kind of Seme would make you attack?”  If you can imagine that, you will gradually learn to move your opponent.
    • (Editor’s Note:  I think this quote is brilliant!)
  • Here’s some quotes from Byoung-Hoon PARK Sensei (Korea Team Member, WKC’2018) teaching men-uchi in this video 검도국가대표[ “박병훈선수” “머리” 한번만보면 후회 ] Oct. 3, 2019 (8:40 mins)
    • Though it’s very difficult, one has to go in first and know how to read the opponent.  The hitting is not important but rather the going in from issoku-itou-no-maai (or possibly sen-no-sen) is most important.
      • 되게 어려운데 우선 들어가 보셔서 상대 틈을 읽을 줄 아셔야되요.  이것은 치는것이 중요한 것 아니고 선의선에서 들어가는 것이 제일 중요한데 . . . (3:21 min mark)
    • Rather than trying to hit quickly with the sword, trying to hit with the feet is more important.
      • 이 칼을 빨리 때려 갖고 치는 것보다  빨로 치는것이 더 중요하거든요 (6:00 min mark)
    • Note the portion from 6:07 min mark which describes a way to make one’s men-uchi faster.  It boils down to having the forward foot (right foot in chuudan-kamae) already forward somewhat before striking.


Fixed Tidbits

Let the neck be free.  Let the head go forward and up.  And let the spine lengthen. – Judith Stransky on the Alexander Technique and what F. Matthias Alexander what would say.

 I am slave to my habits, …  I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path which threatens to imprison my future.Og Mandino from The Greatest Salesman in the World

The quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits. With the same habits, you will end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible. – James Clear

Most of us spend most our lives feeling like we are the thinker of our thoughts.   Where is this thinker?  Isn’t there only the next thought that arises?  – Sam Harris at the 22:57 min mark of “Waking Up with Sam Harris – Looking for the Self (26 Minute Meditation) (26:16mins)”

The day you decide that you are more interested in being aware of your thoughts than you are in the thoughts themselves – that is the day you will find your way out. – Michael Singer

Many people think that they experience life by thinking thoughts.  That is not true.  Thoughts are experienced like color, sounds and sensations. – Unknown wise one from Germany

Normally, one takes years or decades to arrive at anything like steady and spontaneous in-seeing. Nevertheless the method is quite simple and the same throughout. It consists of ceasing to overlook the looker – or rather, the absence of the looker. – Douglas Harding, p. 26,  On Having No Head.