As some of you know, I was having a Nakamura Ryu Battodo seminar 3 weeks ago. It was three days weekend seminar with trainings twice a day under conduction and supervision of Yoshitaka Nomura sensei from Japan. Most of the things we practiced were not focused on kata only, but some other basics in using a sword in Japanese martial arts.
On a sunday morning training we had cutting practice – Shizan.
It is not always easy as it looks like. It is important to estimate a distance to target and to "make up your mind" toward cutting. Once you decide, it has to be done by using all knowledge and practice.
During the evening training, exam for master degrees was held. According to International Battodo Federation regulations and rules, I was supposed to do 6 katas (2 from each of three series in Nakamura Ryu Battodo – Toyama Ryu, Seitei Toho and Nakamura Ryu), 3 katas from Kumitachi (katas with opponent) and 4 cuts in Shizan.
I have not been in Japan for 3 years now but it would be nice to go there again. Luckily, Nomura sensei agrees to come and visit us every 2 years or so, in order to check our knowledge and advance in practice. And we are grateful for that :happy: