Sunday, 10 April 40 mins battō. 27 mins shadowboxing. I should say, some time in the previous week I started training HEMA - sort of. There doesn't seem to be a local group, but I have started looking at Fiore dei Liberi's Fior de Battaglia - a 15th Century Italian (mostly) dagger and longsword fencing manual. Using my (and my brother's) knowledge of grappling and weapon martial arts I (we) have been playing around with interpreting the manual. There's some pretty good stuff in there, and we've been able to get everything we've tried to work so far. Still, at the moment I'm not going to count any time I spend training this stuff, since it's still quite speculative. I might start counting it when I get a bit more competent. Monday, 11 April 44 mins battō training. I dragged BOB out onto the lawn and used him to train distance and targetting with my various training weapons and (carefully) with my shinken. Went to battōjutsu class. We ran though the basic kata quickly, then worked on the advanced kumitachi. Tuesday, 12 April 26 mins battō training. 20 mins battō targetting - again on BOB. It ended earlier than anticipated when I accidentally hit the dog on the forehead, and he had to go to the vet's for stitches. I have decided to not let the dog join me in the future when training with swords. Went to goshin jutsu class. Only me and my brother went, so we did what we liked. We started off with kansetsu waza - standing joint locks and takedowns - because my brother hasn't done much of them. He knows the techniques, some (most) better than I do, but he doesn't know the names or the order of techniques, which is good stuff to know in a grading. When then ran briefly through our combat knife stuff, then spent the rest of the lesson doing dagger and spear techniques from Fiore. Wednesday, 13 April Went to battōjutsu class. No-one else did though, so I just ran through my kata. I also particularly like doing kirikaeshi when I'm on my own - repeatedly swingin my sword to develop both form and condition my arms and shoulders. Thursday, 14 April 58 mins bagwork. Working my punches, open hand strikes and kicks. Finished up by training the movements for joint-locking techniques and throws. Went to goshin jutsu class. 1:3 adult to gremlin ratio, so most of the time was spent teaching. I did a couple of exuberant shoulder rolls at the start, and so we ended up doing rolls, breakfalls and throws this class. We adults then did a bit of the same stuff after the kids were sent home.