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where my roots are…

February 9, 2009

It’s kinda funny now that I think about it.

I am very much a Bujinkan guy. If I had to choose between my kids learning Budo Taijutsu and some other art, I’d choose Budo Taijutsu, no questions about it.

But yet as I face the task of breaking down my skills to something bite-sized for my elder son to manage, I find myself going back to praying mantis again.

That was the first art I learned when I was a primary school kid, that was what I practiced 4 nights a week in my teenage years (I also had another 2 nights a week attending the classes) so that, I guess, pretty much became my base.

i don’t practice it very much these days, I have way too little time and I’d rather practice my sanshin and kihon happo. In fact, when I was practicing praying mantis in my younger days I wished I could come up with some core exercises that I could drill and cover all the basics. I now realize that I was looking for sanshin and kihon happo!

But praying mantis will always hold a dear place in my heart. I still hope to take a few classes again someday, get back 3 of the forms that I’ve forgotten, and practice them just for me, just for nostalgia’s sake.

Maybe someday? 🙂

 

Junjie
Shunketsu
Singapore

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