“Budo and the unflinching gaze,” by Budo Bum

“In most Japanese classical budo, the vast majority of training is done with a partner, and in the modern budo there is generally some form of randori . Training with another person with whom you have to demonstrate the effectiveness of your technique forces you to be honest about your technique. Unless your training partner takes a dive for you, you have to be honest about how well you are doing a technique and what needs work.”

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  1. …have found it useful to try new challenges. have been surprised at how badly my form breaks down when, for instance, i use tsuki with a shovel to open a bag of sand, or tsuki and shomen with a jo to break down an oversized box for recycling…

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