I had therapy this morning, and I’ve been thinking about my jujitsu Sensei lately, so I decided to see if I could still swing a sword and a staff. Turns out, I can. Am I any good?
Nope, I suck. I forgot most of my forms except the first basic 4, and only remembered some of the short and long staff strikes, and one of the long staff forms. Am I discouraged?
Surprisingly, no. It was nice to tie on a belt, put my sword through it and pretend I was still in prime form, but in truth, after a few minutes of being down on myself, I felt “it” again. I can’t really describe it fully, but I think if I had to, I would say it’s almost a ‘settling’ on my shoulders of some mantle or weight. No, I’m not thinking I’m channeling some past life, my body feels like it shrugs off everything unnecessary for the moment and allows me to be still, and concentrate on sword, body, and target to the exclusion of everything else. When I am in good shape, and everything is not painful, I can go away so far that I only hear my Sensei in my head, (or if I’m at his house, in my ears:)), but I feel things finer, in more detail, more separated. I feel like I can almost separate muscle groups to make changes with each repetition.
Yeah, it felt good, and yeah, it was only 15-20 minutes, but it gave me hope.