So, what sort of personal solo practices do you folks do to keep occupied between class times and inform your martial arts practices?
Me, for instance, i carry a jo with me wherever i go around the house. I use it as a walking stick, a pointer, a measuring stick. I turn lights on and off with it, pick clothes up with it, use it to hang my gi up... I get hundreds of reps per week of the first three aikijo suburi and a good bit of practice with deploying the jo from whatever random positon it is in into honte, gyakute, or sakate.
For the past year I have been experimenting with Popkin's internal strength exercises - both in and out of class - but nowhere near regularly enough.
For the last few months, thanks to Rick Matz, I've gotten a good bit of regular stake standing practice - that i can do wherever i am at - whenever i am standing around i am usually in first position. These practices feel to me a lot like Popkin's IS exercises.
Lately I have also started mining the Chinese traditions for solo exercises that i can find good instructional materials on, and that has added a bit of bagua circle walking and the beginning ideas in taiji.
Of course, I am also constantly working the Tomiki Judo Taiso ideas wherever I am. My students like to tease me about my advice to them to do judo taiso whenever you're brushing your teeth.
So, what sort of solo practices do y'all get into?
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