I went back to Senshinkan Kyudojo today. I decide I wanted to have access to the Dojo since it was nearby. I was told yesterday I did not need an appointment but to come around a certain time. Then I could do a Makiwara test. Ok cool can not be that hard. Yosh!
I showed up at the correct time I was a bit early I was told the Sensei was not ready as yet. I was asked to sit and wait. A short while later the woman came back and asked if i had a gi and needed to change. Yes I said, where? She showed me the changing room, which was very nice. A/C’ d, showers, locker, nice! There was someone there changing. From looking at his Hakama I knew he had some rank, even flashed in my head that he maybe the Sensei. After a few minutes of talking, I found out he is the Sensei testing me. He asked some misc questions. All in Japanese I am not sure how I follow this stuff, I miss a lot but get the main idea. I can not always reply in Japanese…
He leaves, I follow shortly after to the Dojo. A few more things I am told. I get most and get settled in. I needed to test in front of him on the Makiwara. He had me warmup first. Afterward we went to a small office he told me some rules and misc stuff about the club and asked me some questions. As it turns out because I am a local get a better rate to come in and practice , very cool! Not only do I save the train fare by walking, I save on the admission. I am pleased. Shiaouwase!
Next up the test. Simple really, he says watch him first then my turn. He does the basics, then I follow. He asks me to repeat it again I do so and he is pleased. I get the ok to practice with the group. First I need to do some paperwork and entrance stuff. We go back to the office he get paperwork and shows and tells me what to do. It was a little challenging to figure things out, but it got it done and I was in! Yatta!
An added plus to this besides the reduced fee was that I got the ok to spend a portion of my visit time on Kyudo and another part just practicing my Fu or Tai Chi. Very cool. An even floor, with no ants to step on, and no bugs to bite me! Plus I can take a shower afterwards. Yeah, how cool is that!
So on to the 28 meters. I was cleared to shoot now so I wanted to work on my aim today. My first shot hit the target! However it was the target in the next lane! Whaaaaaa! How did that happen? But it was the right height. My next shot was just off of hitting the correct target, just a little off , enough to make noise on the edge. Ok I thought I am getting there. My next shot was totally weird. It went almost two anes over. what the heck! It felt like the arrow and my glove were stuck together. Really weird feeling. Also I could feel a decrease in strength it was time to stop. I checked over the glove and the fit of the nock on the string. Everything seemed with in reason …mostly.
With things externally reasonable. I followed the Zen path … I looked at myself for the problem. Perhaps I was holding the string and the glove all to tight on the draw. I needed to use the glove more and less of my hand power. Perhaps this was also why it got so cramped yesterday. I did a couple more makiwara shots just to test the theory. I recall a Sensei telling me in the beginning days the thumb should be up against the top of the thumb slot, not pressing down on the finger. It worked fairly well. Rest, relax the hand more, let the glove do it’s job. Tomorrow I will give it the 28 meter test…yosh!