Yesterday I finally got to ask one of the 7-dan kyoshi teachers about the breathing question, whether we should be inhaling or exhaling during movements like hikiwake. She recommended exhaling, which probably means exhaling from uchiokoshi to daisan, then inhaling, then exhaling again from daisan to kai, however she also said that, really, you should do it in the way that is most natural for you. So I’m going to experiment.
We have tons of new students this year, spanning the whole range from junior high school to older adults. They tell me that next year they may pull me into some of the teaching, so I’m trying to pay attention to how they do it. You look at someone just starting and there are so many things not quite right, but which ones are most important? How do you decided what to work on first? What order? I remember one time a while back, when I asked one teacher what was wrong with the way I was shooting. She said, “Everything.” Ha! But she still had me work on just one thing at a time.