When I need extra practice for my weapons forms I need a reminder to practice.
For example, the other day when I was practicing my sword form in the garden I felt I had drifted away from some of the postures into incorrect shapes.
So I checked my notes and yes, there were a couple of spots where I had been incorrectly performing the postures. And to get back on track I decided to add more practice time for the sword form.
I grabbed my wooden sword and placed it in my living room where I could see it and every now and again I’d pick it up and briefly run through the form.
Even while watching television, laying on the couch, I could see the sword and would occassional get up and practice the form.
I do this with my other weapons, such as the spear, fans, staff and sabre when I feel the need to do some extra practice. I only use the wooden weapons indoors – the metal weapons are used outside.
The ‘in sight – in mind – in action’ method is an easy and quick way of getting extra practice in during the day. As I generally practice 1.5 hours per week-day, any extra time I can find is a bonus.
And it doesn’t feel like extra training.
Before I know it I’m back on the couch, feet up, watching my favourite television show.