Growing up, Dad tried to teach me the J. I learned many other strokes but always got frustrated and quit with the J. I spent the past 10 days caring for him, during which time he presented me with a paddle, no boat and said "do the J." For 15-20 minutes, we would do the J in an empty garage with no boat. He critiqued my form and let me know when things weren't as they should be. He's not well enough to actually take me out into the water (Parkinson's), so this was the best we could do. I left home yesterday, and made a reservation to do an easy 5 mile paddle. Class 1 rapids max as I was just looking to get the J down. The bow wanted to track left (right handed paddler), and I was getting a touch frustrated. All the sudden, it just clicked. Total muscle memory. Paddle vertical, tracing the side of the gunnel, thumb down, slight rudder at the end. Repeat. It got so easy I wasn't even thinking about it and I was in complete heaven. The place I rented from set me up with a dry box, so I happened to have my phone with me. I called dad, and paddle with him on speaker phone. I was so damn excited. On top of that, I really did enjoy it more than my kayak. Easier to fish in for sure, as I actually hate fishing out of my pescador kayak. Too cramped. I had a good knowledge of strokes prior (sweeps, draws, rudders), so it was really just a matter of combining a forward stroke with muscle memory and a slight rudder. I had previously been doing the goon stroke, which works but has a stop and go motion. Today... today was a good day.