Another week has just shot by; they seem to go by in the blink of an eye now. I seem to remember writing my last weekly post not all that long ago. Oh well, time flies when you’re having fun.
My physical practice of Taekwondo has not changed much since my last weekly post. I’m still working on the same things, and I feel that I am still growing in the same areas. I will say that it has become very clear to me that practice time commitment I need to put in is more than what I have been doing. Towards that end, and towards the end of going more full time into Taekwondo, upon returning to Rochester I plan restructure my part time work schedule so as to better allow me to put in time to body conditioning and Taekwondo training. I keep reading stories of martial arts masters who would day after day train late into the night and then rise early again in the morning: sometimes only sleeping a few hours; I cannot imagine doing that since I have a hard enough time when I only get an average of six hours a night for sleep. That being said, I figured that this week I would post about something other than just my physical practice since that is more or less the same.
As you may know, Master Pearson came down this past weekend to teach a knife seminar. The seminar focused on knife defense techniques as well as the two Shin Ho Kwan knife forms. I was intrigued to hear that at close range a knife is more dangerous than a hand gun since a knife attacks in arcs and can quickly cause huge wounds: makes good sense. Though I had done these defense techniques before, I found that being in a position to assist others in learning them forced me to understand them better than I had understood them before. I had learned the Shin Ho Kwan single knife form some time ago and so was fairly comfortable with that, but I did learn that there were a couple of places where I had formed a habit of transitioning into a front stance where I actually should have been transitioning into an extended hook stance; I’ll have to be mindful of this as I continue to practice the form. The double knife form is still hard for me to get down. However, I did improve on it a lot this weekend, so I feel encouraged that I may soon be able to get its fundamentals down. The seminar went very well, and the attending students really seemed to enjoy Master Pearson’s instruction.
Outside of class, Master Pearson worked with me on some Hojo jutsu techniques. Though I had learned these a long time ago at my first Black Belt Retreat, I was so out of practice that they were like new to me. I was fascinated to learn that Hojo jutsu is in fact a sub art of Jodo along with several other rare Japanese weapon arts. These arts must be quite rare considering that most Japanese people don’t know what Jodo is let alone know its sub-arts. It is very sad to think that there may be a possibility of some of these rarer arts dying off simply because people stop studying them fully and propagating them. This makes me want to drop everything and start studying everything I can so as to preserve them. Before I study other martial arts, I really ought to get my Taekwondo techniques up to where they ought to be first. I like the idea of getting back to Hojo jutsu since it is both a rare and practical art.