Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Tonight was quite technical and rigorous, practicing hip movements and kime. We spent some time practising 'coiling' the body when delivering a back hand punch for speed and power. The physics of violence are fascinating.

After that we practised a little escaping from having a knife to the throat. As with last week, when we practised smashing somebody's head into a wall, I was reminded of the fragility of the human body. It's easy to kill and easy to die. One mistake in a knife fight and you're dead. Sensei always does an excellent job of bringing that home: "No, you've just lost an eye"; "No, you've just been stabbed"; "No, you're dead" whenever you make a mistake.

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