The scenary on my way back to Dresden
Ok, so I wrote so much. What have I learned? This is to write a short summay about the things I've learned.
- Use the shoulders to lift the shinai when doing men-strike.
- Breathing of Kirikaeshi, and men-uchi.
- Posture. Back straight. Ki-ken-tai-ichi.
- Reiho. Especially for sonkyo.
- Keep kensen in the centre.
- Becareful of oji-waza, like suriage-men.
- Keep the pressure on the opponent. Do not fear.
One week after the seminar the memory is still vivid in my head. The people: the Senseis, and the friends I made; the kendo: the points I made, and the points I lost. The tournament was a great experience for me. My performance was much better than in the Leipzig Championship, and I clearly knew when I was in control. How I lost showed what I should work hard on. This is the best of kendo. One doesn't just improve on ones own, through the others one learns about his or her weaknesses. The new barrier therefore appears; a higher mountain therefore rises. One should always be pateint and determined, at the same time be humble, always anticipating an even greater challange.
Of all I miss the most is Ozawa-Sensei. I hope I will be able to make the trip to Japan next year and train at Kobukan (his dojo). Meanwhile, I have to improve my kendo and build on what I have learned from him and from the other senseis.
Meguro-Sensei, me and Ozawa-Sensei
Ozawa-Sensei's Autograph. It means: all except me are my teachers.