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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Iaido Challenge - Ippon Me Mae Repetition #130

The above video is an update on my 1000 rep Iaido challenge.

Since the last video, I've added a hundred more reps.

The following video shows a comparison of rep 30 against rep 130.

I made some improvements to my technique.
1. At the sword drawing, I am on the balls of my feet
2. For the Blood shake, I am bringing the blade out to the side
3. 5 reps after filming, I started to hear the whistle of the blade cutting the air. I thought that was awesome because I thought the Iaido videos I watched dubbed in that noise to make it look better.

1. Finish of the downward stroke needs to improve
2. I am still a little tentative on resheathing of the sword

I got some great comments on the last video.
Proton1 -- brought up the point that without a teacher capturing the feeling of the finer, subtler attitudes and points of Iaido is impossible. I have to agree. In fact, I see improves in the techniques but I am struggling to project the proper feelings and attitudes.

NicostormUK -- Left a great comment that it would be difficult for an Iaido practitioner to learn my style of shotokan without proper instruction and vice versa. When I began this challenge, I thought that since I studied a Japanese Style that many of the skills and attitudes were transferable. I can tell you now that the skills are not transferable and each Martial Art requires good instruction to obtain these feelings.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Iaido Kata - Ippon Me Mae - 25 - 30 reps

I want to tell you about my 1000 rep Mastery Challenge. Iaido is the art of drawing the sword or katana in Japanese. I just learned an awesome Iaido kata called Ippon Me Mae which is the first of a series of Iaido kata.

When I want to get really good at a new kata I practice it 1000 times in a short period of time. I called it a 1000 rep Mastery Challenge. On this challenge, I am going to videotape my progression for everyone to see.

The above video is me practicing reps 25 thru 30 and I need help and advice. If you take Iaido, please watch the rest of the video and give me some pointers before I develop some bad habits.

I will post follow-up videos at 100, 200, all the way up to 1000 so check back often to watch my progress.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532