Midway through class I could see my right hand swelling up, which was weird because I haven't seen any injury based on class since I left my old school. The base of my thumb was literally twice the size of the left and both hand were bright red.
I didn't care though. I had a huge smile on my face and a partially functioning hand was not going to remove that. The reason is because Chiten Yata, my first staff (bo) kata. I have no idea if I'm spelling that correctly, but after a decade or more I'm finally doing a weapons kata. Sensei has asked me a few times if I knew anything or had any experience. I can literally count the times I touched a staff on one hand and I'm not using all the fingers. In my last school our syllabus sacrificed weapons for more and more complex technique. I'm sure if we could have worked in one more day of instruction we could have had that.
Last night the class consisted of me and Kyle and bunch of kids. I've come to enjoy these because of the focused nature. I wouldn't want it all the time, but it's great now and then. Kyle knows the whole staff kata which is supposedly for a more advanced level, but he was able to run me through the initial sequence for which the kata is named. I've search on line, but because I don't know how to spell it I can't post an example. Sufficed to say, it's the figure eight move that I have seen in the fancy katas. In time I can record my progress for the laughs.
I practiced the initial sequence 50 time with Kyle. Unfortunately, this is where I started noticing my hand getting more and more swollen. Thankfully, it never got to the point where it didn't function optimally. After a night sleep it's back to normal but it feels well worked.
The kata has three thirds and I was able to get to the end of the first third, but even with running home and practicing immediately after class I was unable to complete that third. The chiten yata, I think I have that.
Celebration is scheduled for March 20th! Although I'm not testing, I'll be excited to see how it's run and how our folks do. Crap, now I'm not sure if I'll be required to do the basics! That would be embarrassing for the school.
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