I had videoed a series of sessions practicing additional kobudo kata and drills before the dark winter set in. As I get a chance to review and edit them, I’ll post the videos and step-by-step breakdowns of the kata and drills over the next few months. The video above is an intermediate kobudo bo form, kata Suisho no Kon.
Suisho no Kon features a series of horizontal strike and thrust combinations. It also includes a few angled high thrusts that could have originally been intended to defend against an attacker on horseback.
As I had mentioned in a previous post, it is useful to periodically video practice sessions like this as a great way to find any little glitches and areas that could use further refinement. Sometimes you may notice differences between how you thought you were performing verses how you are actually performing. So these video exercises help me find all the areas to continue improving, as well as help others who may be working on the same material. As such, these videos are not intended as perfect examples, but rather as works in progress and snapshots in time.
In my next blog post, I’ll present a step-by-step breakdown of this kata along with a one page reference sheet to help others learn and practice the kata. Stay tuned!
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