Practicing our taijutsu outdoors and in the park it is that time of year.
That brief window when the autumn leaves fill the field and we can experience that interaction with our movement through mindfulness and some training exercises.
One of the simplest exercises is to be mindful of how we are walking from one side of the park to the other through the leaves- walking (correctly) is taijutsu.
What kind of noise is being made as we walk through the leaves?
Are we walking with correct distance and balance, hearing a soft crunch through the leaves, or is it more of a shuffle full of noise as we drag our feet?
Practicing the san shin no kata and kihon happo- the kosshi sanpo kata on that blanket of leaves.
After a few turns of practice, what do the leaves look like under our feet?
Are they smoothed out, but still in place- more or less, or have we carved and worn out a spot down to the grass and dirt underneath?
Practicing with correct footwork, stepping and moving in balance vs. dragging our feet, shuffling our feet, or grinding our feet.