Next week, my friend and senior, Sensei Pat Nakata, will teach a class in sai basics for our students. Tonight, I went over some sai basics to help prepare the students.
The first thing I discussed were sai rules:
- Don't touch another person's sai.
- Don't ask to touch another person's sai.
- Don't touch another person's sai (same as rule #1).
- Youth (under 18) should wear eye protection when practicing with sai.
- Make sure that you have a safe distance around you (measured by your arm's span plus the length of the sai, plus an additional safety zone.
- Don't play around with sai, ever.
- Be aware at all times.
- Look at where you are striking with the sai.
- Don't point sai at other people.
- Don't step over sai.
- Generally, don't place sai on the floor.
- When placing sai on a counter, for example, point the tips away from people.
- When traveling, sai should be kept in a case.
- If a stranger or visitor brings "naked" sai (not in a case) to the dojo, it gives the appearance of a challenge.
- Don't touch another person's sai (same as rules #1 and 3).
With sai (in our dojo), safety is always the primary concern.
For the record, I enjoy sai, but prefer bo.
Charles C. Goodin