[Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

A series of tatami floored rooms ring the dojo. At any given time, wooden and bamboo practice swords can be heard clacking or the sensei lecturing students. Peculiarly enough, compared to most dojo, these sensei speak with more questions than orders. Here, one corner of the ground floor has been reserved for guests to practice their own martial arts. At the center, a larger tatami floor spreads against a short conclave of bleachers. The east wall is occupied by a trio of shrines to Mirumoto, Shinsei and Togashi. A single stone at the base marks the grave of Mirumoto Hojatsu. Akin to the shrine in the village, a banner hangs with the words "Neither Will I."
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Kakita Karasu » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:18 am

"Don't...don't hold your palm up. Trust me it's not going to work for you."

Karasu walks around her making minor adjustments.

"Alright, now the goal is to draw your Katana from the saya as smoothly yet swiftly as possible. Take it slow and try to draw it. Make sure you don't just swing the bokken out from your side."
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Tsuruchi Mao » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:30 am

Kakita Karasu wrote:"Don't...don't hold your palm up. Trust me it's not going to work for you."

Karasu walks around her making minor adjustments.

"Alright, now the goal is to draw your Katana from the saya as smoothly yet swiftly as possible. Take it slow and try to draw it. Make sure you don't just swing the bokken out from your side."


Mao imagined the hiss of metal as she "drew" her bokken, going out and up rather than away with it.
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"Why can't I make arrows from this bamboo? Why else is it planted here?"

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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Kakita Karasu » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:41 am

Karasu try's as hard as he possibly can to not sound like his father.

"Ok..um...alright. So first off, keep your elbow tucked in. Your not a bird tryin to fly away."

Im well aware that I'm a Crow. Ha ha.

"Also, the upward motion is not a requirement. Pick a point on the opponents body. Try to hit that point with the tip of the blade. Think of the tip of the sword like the head of an arrow."
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Tsuruchi Mao » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:52 am

Kakita Karasu wrote:
"Also, the upward motion is not a requirement. Pick a point on the opponents body. Try to hit that point with the tip of the blade. Think of the tip of the sword like the head of an arrow."


Mao was somehow annoyed that advice was so useful. Her next draw was smooth, the tip of the bokken coming out to navel height.

Nari died from a cut to the gut.

The thought came unbidden, and she banished it harshly. Focus.
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"Why can't I make arrows from this bamboo? Why else is it planted here?"

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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Kakita Karasu » Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:00 am

Karasu nods. "That was not awful."

Karasu takes his stance and draws with her a few times.

"Now you only need to do that a few thousands times a day for a few years and you will do just fine."

Wow this supportive thing isn't that hard.
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Tsuruchi Mao » Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:08 am

Mao chuckled, then a little louder.

"Now that lesson," she began, "I really know how to follow. Thank you, Kakita-san."
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Kakita Karasu » Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:22 am

"Your Welcome."

Karasu seems rather proud of himself.

"If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask."

Karasu moves a bit away. He sets the bokken aside, takes his stance. There is a focus there. Like a long note of a flute. There is a soft swoosh and the sound of the sword cutting the air.
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Yasuki Yamase » Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:36 am

Yamase continues the slow process. Now securing the kote on her left arm, then the right.
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Shosuro Megumi » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:31 am

Suzume Kenichi wrote:"You learn quickly, Shinjo-sama. When you feel comfortable, try again with a swifter motion. When you feel comfortable with that, we can progress."


Megumi smirks and gets into a balanced stance, but then shifts forward, transferring most of her weight forward on her front leg, her hand resting on the hilt palm up.

My daughter is an excellent teacher. And I've practiced her techniques until exhaustion yesterday. Let me show you what I've learned.

When she explodes into motion she raises up and drops to her knee, letting the blade of her imaginary opponent fly over her head. It's practically a juke, a feint. The katana clears the saya, the twist of the strike is strong, letting it cover the length of the opponent's body, an arterial strike, meant to sever the links to the heart.

It does not quite possess the lethal grace, speed and precision of her daughter, but it's getting there and should overwhelm most opponents. Megumi is obviously a natural.

"I have added some creative touches, sensei. I hope you don't mind?"
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Suzume Kenichi » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:39 am

Shosuro Megumi wrote:"I have added some creative touches, sensei. I hope you don't mind?"


"One never criticises a student for practising or showing initiative, although I think the title of sensei flatters me." Particularly as much of what you have learned is from a different source.

"Have you spent any time learning how to assess your opponent yet?"
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