A Solid Piece of Wood is Often Useful
Tonight we practiced Jo-Waza (practice with a wooden staff). There were two new people, a father and son duo, and I wonder how they felt about their first class. I love to work with the bokken and Jo, where else does a grown man get to swing a stick around? And to learn the way it should be done is really pretty amazing. But it is really not that often we use the Jo and so it was not really typical. Was is good or bad for a first timer? They stayed to chat with Sidney for a while so I guess they weren't too put off by it all.
I've seen enough to know that the techniques we practice with the Jo and Bokken (wooden sword) have direct implications to the hand techniques, but still... it sure is fun to hold onto a nice piece of wood and pretend you are in a Martial Arts Movie. And maybe it will come in useful some day.
"Certainly, in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful." - Ian Faith in Spinal Tap