At my first o-daiko class in March, I remember standing with my right leg really far behind me, and my hip flexor hating me for it.
I watched a bunch of videos, studied other people’s stances, and realized I could try putting my right foot farther out to the side, but more forward.
This created an unintended consequence: My body ended up too close to the drum, and I had to lean back a lot to keep my farms far away enough to strike at an angle. My lower back hated me instead.
Last Sunday, one of my classmates (a different one from the one who commented on my wrists) noticed my exaggerated lean, and suggested I try placing my right foot farther back to create more distance between my body and the drum. It reminded me that foot placement wasn’t binary, and that I should continue to explore.
Today I placed my right foot somewhere between day one and last Sunday. I felt great! My arms ended up where they needed to be, my hip flexor whined but didn’t hate, and my lower back stopped screaming from the lean.
I am so grateful for my classmates, that they notice the little things, and care enough to give me feedback.