Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mo Jo

One exciting thing about working with jo is that I have spent only a relatively short time practicing jo, compared with my years of Aikido training. When I practice an Aikido empty-hand technique, it's usually the case that I have practiced it hundreds if not thousands of times before, so it is an exercise in refinement, finding a new aspect of what is pretty much a well worn path. There are plentiful bad habits to overcome to be sure. Weapons training, on the other hand, I really am closer to a true beginner, so there is a newness to it, something exciting and fresh!

It's also exciting that I did not get bonked on the head today.