There’s no tutorial before the shinsa for renshi. I guess if they don’t know what they need to know by that point, they shouldn’t be taking the test! So today it was just open practice for everyone who will test tomorrow. Still, a couple of the teachers gave some advice. One had to do with the footwork when you’ve finished shooting, but I think it applies generally. The advice was to go straight.
That is, decide where you’re going to go, and walk straight to that point.
What some people (including me) do after closing ashibumi is take a step on the diagonal, to the right, then do a slight turn before walking forward (in front of the people waiting) before the turn to the exit. I was taught that the reason for the step to the diagonal was so that the shinsa-in could have a better view of the next person. However, one of the teachers watching (hanshi, 8-dan) wanted them to cut out that slight turn. Just close ashibumi and walk directly (on the diagonal) to the place where you will turn. I think this is all part of the idea of no unnecessary movements, no wasted energy, either physical or spiritual. Decide what you’re going to do and do it. Undoubtedly good advice for life in general.
We’ll see how it all works out tomorrow. Some people have come all the way from Shizuoka, Kanagawa, and Saitama. The hanshi have come even further. I’m looking forward to it.