Teaching Beginners the Sword

I love battojutsu.

It is a simple, elegant art.

Aiki battojutsu adds another dimension of the sublime to this.

This is why I try to avoid teaching beginners at all cost.

Image an exquisite sumi e piece. Just a few basic strokes capturing the essence of the subject; perfection rendered in minimalist movement; nothing wasted; nothing lost.
Now ask a bunch of preschoolers to try and reproduce that art work with finger painting, their choice of colours.

This is what it is like teaching beginners aiki battojutsu.

Kai Cho

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