I saw Harold practicing a new sword kata yesterday. He does this to free his mind of problems and it has the double benefit of improving his swordsmanship and getting him a bit of exercise.*
I watched him for several long minutes*** as he went through the sixty-odd movements. One of them involved moving the sword horizontally across the body at rib level, as if defending a vertical strike, and then moving the blade left and right. in a pivoting action.
I asked him about it when he’d finished.
“It a new kata,” he said. “I was sent it by e-mail but it was in Japanese so I figured it out from the pictures.”
“What’s it called?” I asked.
“Noro cash Iroha,” said Harold
Honestly, I couldn’t help laughing. You would too, in the circumstanced.
“What’s so funny?” he said
“Knitting,” I replied. “You’ve been looking at a knitting pattern. cash Iroha is the name of a luxury blend of cashmere and silk twine, made by Nora Industries. Those odd horizontal strikes are you knitting with a three foot blade.”
*Not that he really needs it – he’s come a long way from the pudgy, unfit shopkeeper I first met. Now he’s really got some six-pack action going on. **
**and the body odour has improved, too.
*** time dilates when you’re bored. You must have noticed.