The students performed the techniques slowly and carefully so that they could learn the moves correctly. When you try to go for speed and power without clear understanding how to perform a technique, this results in injuries and the results are poor based on luck rather than skill.
The students spent about 40 minutes working on the advanced techniques. Each student got to perform the techniques in sequence for Martin Acton sensei's approval. After that they were really good. No one got hurt. Nothing was broken and there was no damage to the weapon due to being dropped .
The students went inside had small break got to drink some water. They were offered sandwiches but they were all eager to get back to training so they just had water.
Martin Acton sensei demonstrated how to use the jo from a walking position to strike an attacker's knee or thigh and to hit the head at different points such as the temple, the nose and the side of the head.
The students then worked together to practice the moves and to learn to let the jo flow instead of tensing up and trying to strike with physical power.
The last technique Martin Acton sensei taught was how to put an attacker into a painful rest lock using the jo if he tried to grab the jo. This is one of the move the Japanese police use.
The students enjoyed practicing this and realised there is so much more to learn that they want to have another seminar next month at end of September. Thanks to all who came.