Tanren-ho is part of a Way (2)…

– – – by Peter John Still

“In aiki keiko,  the most important things are practising ki-gata, and doing tanren-ho…”…

A few months ago I renewed my practice of doing a hundred cuts a day, because I was beginning to suspect that the way my jo seemed to float upwards on the up-swing might be relevant to my practice of aikido (!)…

I’m talking here about a hundred  jo-dan to chu-dan cuts with a jo or an iai-to  (thus: shomen-uchi),  and in reality I’m talking about two-hundred cuts:   a hundred stepping forward alternating with a hundred stepping  back.   More recently I determined to – one time in a week – do 500 cuts (actually 1,000),  or even 1,000  (actually 2,000):  because historically that was the practice of our ryu and I was curious as to what I would learn from that…

…and I think I should set down some effects that I noticed – and benefits that I would recommend  – that I have not seen mentioned in print elsewhere.

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