Oops The Samurai
(Hat Tip: Ikigai – Blogging the Martial Way)
As a complete list of my own training failures is far too long to recount, I’ll share just one here.
My Taijiquan practice includes the Yang style jian (straight sword) form. Out of respect for myself and my art, I usually play with a steel blade–no wooden or collapsible toys (though for practical reasons, its edges remain unsharpened).
One evening, my treacherous shoe launched a surprise attack. Midway through a jumping, stabbing movement, the shoe somehow entangled itself with my sword’s tassel. As my foot landed, the sword flipped out of my unsuspecting grip, and its blade slapped me across the cheek. Had it landed one inch higher, I might have lost my right eye.
Fortunately, not all martial arts training accidents are so dangerous.
Weapon or no, do you have a tale of fail to share with us? If so, please do.