About this blog..

This is a blog that I started in April 2006, just after I first put on my bogu (kendo armour). It collects the advices given by more experienced kendo practitioners as well as those from my own experiences. Both technical and the mental aspects of kendo are written in the blog. I hope someone will find them useful or interesting at least!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Yoda's departure

Training yesterday at the uni was so so. My blistered feet was acting up at the beginning and I felt awkward with my foot work. This feeling continued through the rest of the session. I asked Catherine to take videos of my jigeiko, and it was obvious that my foot work needs some improvement:
  • Bring the whole body forwards. Use the left foot to push the hip.
  • My right foot can take a larger step with a more convincing fumigomi.
On my strikes:
  • Use the wrist more to achieve a more sudden and slappy strike.
  • Punch forward after the strike to reduce the chance of the opponent counter-striking men.
I pushed the beginners quite hard, from at the beginning emphasizing the correct techniques to, at the end, pushing their physical limitations. I was probably one of the most strict person to train with, because I personally benefitted a lot from my sempeis' advices, and also because sometimes seeing bogu wearers making fundamental mistakes makes me cry.

This training was Yoda's last training with us. He will leave for Japan on 28th of August. All the best to him!

A couple of video clips with Yoda:
(1) Yoda and I - finished with his brilliant debana-kote.

(2) Yoda and Stephan - Yoda used first a katsugi-waza and then a spot-on men-strike.


Vivian Yung said...

Ivan, Thanks for posting the videos. It is great that you are video-taping and use it to analyse your performance.

Just one thing I noticed, try keeping your left foot pointing to the front. Don't shift weight between front and back foot in a rhythm as your opponent may be able to pick up your timing.

Good keiko, and especially great spirit. Gambarimasu!

Ivan said...

Vivian, thanks for the advices! I'll try to correct them in the next training.