The end of the year Rei-kai was held the other day. I do not recall if I went last year, I am pretty sure I did. Perhaps this is the first year it held some meaning to attend and not just another Rei-Kai. I did not expect to do that well, it was really in my mind practice. I did do better than I thought. Not enough to win anything, but enough for me to feel like I am making some improvement. I did not suck as bad. Mostly my shots were just under or above the Mato, instead of clumped together to the lower right. Now it is a matter of finding my vertical line, the horizontal seems to be mostly working, since correcting the right elbow.
The was a very relaxed Tai Kai. I saw the Kaicho giving shooting pointers even while the match was going on to a couple of people. The sempai who helped me the other day was the over all winner.
The whole thing started with some Renmei dojo business, of which I had no idea what was going on, other than they were talking about money at first, end of the year stuff.
It was really cold , like winter had just dropped in that day. Everyone almost was wearing jackets when not shooting on on the floor. At one point I forgot I was wearing my hat when I went out to shoot with the group. In the line-up almost going to shoot It is raised to my attention I have my hat still on. Several people had told me before ” don’t for get to take off your hat” i did the first round but forgot on the second… Doh! Oh well, I am a gaijin, no one gave it much thought other than a moment chuckle. I laughed at myself also.
During the rest break I found the warmest spot!
The Next Day:
I returned to the dojo today, the day after the Rei Kai. I planned on keeping score, thinking I should have a good day after the revelation of the right shoulder thing. It started good with a hit …bam…then went down hill from there. Into the abyss of another sucky day. I was thinking when I noticed how bad my shoot was, every time I think I made a break through and my old stuff is better, I get a notice my stuff still stinks. Today was no different. Two Sensei Sempai called me on a couple of things I thought I had corrected, where still wrong. Sometimes I do it right when they are guiding me, but on my own it was sucky. Sigh. So I am back to square one on a couple of things, well more than that really, I noticed, with much pain that I was not getting yugari at all and kept getting smacked with the string. 😦
I am not feeling like I am moving forward at all today. The other day I was feeling, yeah I still got a way to go, but I can do it in the Spring! Bampaku…Yosh. Well today I am feeling; not ready, not even close. Will need more time, a lot more time and practice. There was a bit of comfort in seeing another classmate who has been at the YonDan Shinsa trials a LOT longer than me. She was also getting some of the same corrections with her shoulders, back, elbow…stuff. The un-ending story, I still see Renshi’s getting some adjustments on that.
Hidden Dojo annex
I may have a spot for some 28 meter shooting practice. Whilst out looking for such a spot, down by the river(creek) I came across an almost perfect spot. I thought I would look because I see there is a golf practice range of sort setup on one side of the bank.
The spot I am thinking is under the overpass for the shooting line. Shooting out into an open field. I can see anything coming, which would be rare, on the other hand I would not be seen until going to retrieve my Ya.
There is very little foot traffic in the area and none where I would be, on the river bank. I will not have anything fancy or attention grabbing other than a couple of boxes for a mato.
Anyway it will be helpful, since my dojo time is limited now due to winter work cut backs. I have to be now more creative with my Spring Training.