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Bo Sechusen

The sechusen is the vertical centerline of the body. When I say bo sechusen, I mean the vertical centerline of the bo -- sort of.

When practicing bojutsu, the bo moves on the centerline. The body adjusts slightly left or right to maintain the bo in this position. In other words, the bo does not adust to the body sechusen -- the body adjusts to the bo sechusen.

When moving quickly, the bo develops a great deal of momentum. You cannot fight the bo. You have to cooperate with it. It is almost like dancing -- the bo takes the lead.

Have you ever held a fast spinning gyroscope in your hand? It is hard to move it off its axis but very easy to move it along its axis. The same is true of the bo.


Charles C. Goodin