17/7/06

The Big Project seemed to teeter onto the final downward slope today, which was a blessing. I can see the end in sight and took the evening off.

Went to jujutsu where we had what has become a more frequent diversion, sword work. There’s something tremendously satisfying about thwacking heavy wooden swords together, if not entirely adult.  The teacher quoted a Japanese aphrorism – ‘ One step backwards in a fight is a step nearer hell; one step forwards is a step nearer heaven.’  ‘Either way you’re dead’ I thought, tending to favour many steps, speedily executed, in the opposite direction from the assailant.