On Monday evening, August 3rd 2020, class -for Iaido students- was on Hibikigaeshi and Noto, the process of putting the "saya" (sheath) onto the sword. Specifically, with Hibikigaeshi, the footwork, and integration of the hips to create stable, strong, and fluid body movement throughout each aspect of the kata was explored.
Regarding Noto, we were reminded that there are 4 levels:
Habiki-noto (beginning your movement at the "habaki" the area near the "tsuba" or handle.)
Tori-noto (beginning your movement in the middle of the spine of the sword.)
Monouchi-noto (beginning your movement in the last 6 inches of the blade, nearing the kissaki.)
Kissaki-noto (beginning your movement at the very tip of the sword.)
Lastly, Brian-sensei explained the pitfall of "over-extension"... never to allow your movements to be at the apex of your full range of motion, at any crucial point. What have you discovered in your practice?