I go and have a bomb of a practise….. it was bloody terrible. My movement felt sticky and sideways, I felt out of sorts, and wierdly tired half way through as well.

It wasn’t a total disaster. I mean, a tsuki is a tsuki, right? Am I right? You know I’m right. And very strangely, I hit tonnes of degote, a technique which I don’t have any love for. And a couple of gorgeous kaeshi dou, a technique I have endless love for.

But nothing felt right. And at the end of the day, that matters. It might just be the combination of new kote and new shinai that needed a little getting used to, something that hadn’t worked by the end of practised, but it all just felt awkward.

It’s been a while, but I think it might be time to resurrect my evening suburi sessions again….