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!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Kendo is infinite

I'm currently reading the book "Kendo: The definitve guide" by Hiroshi Ozawa, which is a very well written book. The explanation of the waza is written step-by-step with clear pictures, as opposed to just being conceptual and abstract, a feeling I have from the book "Kendo: Elements, Rules and Philosophy" by J. Tokeshi.

One passage regarding the attitude towards practising kendo that stood out to me was this:

...Try not to be impatient to see improvement in your Kendo, and remember that the process is sometimes more important than the result. Too much concern with worldly goals and ambitions is likely to have an adverse effect on your Kendo. Further, it is a grave mistake to think that an understanding of technique will automatically enable you to grasp the essence; Kendo is infinite, so rather than focusing on winning or losing, think carefully about how to refine your skills.

Lately I felt I need to be more postive about myself after the training instead of being too self-critical -- a tendency I have whenever I want to see results too quickly.

Yes, kendo is infinite. While trying to make progress, I should not forget the reason that I do kendo, and that's just to enjoy doing it.

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