Rei kai

Sept : Kishiwada Rei kai

It seemed like it had been awhile since I was at the dojo. I got back from my sailing trip on Friday and went to the dojo on Sat to practice. There was a monthly TaiKai on Sunday. I did not expect to do well as my shooting has sucked as of late. More so than usual. Oh well. It is not always sunny in life or smooth in sailing. As my resent trip proved once again, that was certainly a mixed bag. 

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Sat I went in everyone was surprised to see me and said it had been a long time. Where have I been ? I explained sailing. Sou kai they said. I then set about practicing. In a short while i was almost alone as it was sort of late in the afternoon and many were leaving. The Kaicho gave me the usual talk, relax. Twist my forearm not my hand. I am still not sure how that works, but i worked at it. I out my focus there and not on my hand. I guess it worked because he said hai. Weird, but ok.
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After a while Yamashita Sensei showed up. We did the greeting thing and he changed. I keep shooting. Once he change he came and checked me out. He said it has been awhile. I think it was the last outside TaiKai I saw him. He watched me shoot for a while, then while standing behind me, where he was shooting i got some guidance. I was too tight in my shoulder when in DaiSan. I needed to pull more with my elbow and not my shoulder. Push on the left with my body and shoulder not my hand and arm. Relax both hands. Ok, I worked at it. It sort of improved. I did notice that my misses are closer to the mato now since I changed my sighting place. Before I would always hit just to the right of the mato. Now I am hitting more center. Just too high or low. So I need to work that part out. overall though I guess I am improving even though it does not feel like it to me.

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I am looking forward to my new yumi. It should be halfway done by now. I expect it to be ready sometime next month. Whoohoo. Takeyumi yonsun! Shibata kyoto style!

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I am way behind on getting this posted, not that anyone care but me, I need to keep thing orderly. Today I got an eMail saying my Yumi is almost done save for some lacquer and misc wrapping. cOOL,
 
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So moving to the topic, since have gotten off track. We had a in-house TaiKai. They do not call it that, they call it a dei kai, sorry do not know the kanji. No matter.
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I was not expecting much in the way of my hitting, however as it turns out, thanks to some help from Yamashita Sensei the day before I did ok. Not good enough to make any kind of waves, but I did get at least one hit every time i was up. Some times even tow. The last taikai I got one hit , the last one out of a day of shooting, so yeah I was pleased.
 
 
 
 
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In the shadow of the Typhoon…

I usually keep my sailing stuff on its own blog for the few of my few readers who care. However just for a change-up I will do a Photo blog on my resent sailing adventure with a Typhoon alert hanging over our heads, on a sail from Tajiri, Osaka, to Sanan, Yamaguchi, in the shadow of the Typhoon!

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Aug Zen


Aug Zazen

 
It was that time again for a monthly Zazen session. I arrived at Sensei’s office to get my ride hookup as we set off after connecting. 
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As with most times, someone was already there and had setup the pillows. Sensei was already changed and so we sat whilst others arrived, bit by bit. My habit, which I followed as always is to stretch while waiting. I was not concerned about my knee this time, that was a relief. It still hurt as it has been for weeks, but I knew I could deal with it for long Zazen. The standard back and legs asleep where the only issue, oh and varied itches.
 
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I had decided or figured out, one could say, that I needed to put more effort into the purity of my sitting, following the lead of shakuhachi practice. Seeking the purity of the note. I needed to focus on the purity of my “Chan Ding” , in short purity of my sitting, quality. I have been slacking on my effort other than just sitting. So these long sessions are good for me working on my chakras. I needed to use more effort or rather more focus.
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Overall the sitting went well, only the standard discomforts. I was able to manage more internal chakra focus before spacing out during the sitting.
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Afterward we as normal we went to the tea sitting room. The head Monk spoke with us a bit about the typhoon and some other items, of which I knew nothing. We had tea during the introductions. I only said my name this time following the lead of the Yakuza dude. Later that evening on the ride home Sensei said and I agreed. The Yakuza dude seemed a lot more relaxed and friendly tonight. I was surprised to see him smiling and making some kind of joke.
 

We dismissed with bow to the head monk on our way out. It was pleasant enough, the evening. The big thing for the night was there was a new meditator, and during the stick hitting part sensei broke his paddle hitting this woman.

 

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There were jokes about it during tea and she was given the paddle as a souvenir. So I am sure there was no pain or injury involved with this. Still I will pass on requesting it. I do, no longer jump at the sound, but I am still not down with being hit.