For those who don't know their university has the best kendo amongst all the Japanese universities, well, hence the world's best. Every year a few students from their university kendo club travel to Germany with arranged home stay and local guide in exchange with kendo trainings. This idea was made possible by the close tie between the German kendo federation and late Ando Konzo, 8-dan, who was teaching at Waseda.
Coming back to the story. I had the chance to play with on Tuesday. His men-strike was just too powerful which overcomes mine easily. I got his men once by launching the attack from the front-right. Another was a hiki-do. A great feeling playing with Japanese kendoka as opposed to most of the others is that the atmosphere is always friendly and collaborative, more laughs and smiles. The practise with him was just too short.
On Wednesday many people turned up for the training and Tatsuro effectively lead the training, and explained many fine points including:
- In Taiatari the impact should be made with the force from the stomach and the hip. The arms held tight against the sides of the body.
- The motodachi receiving the taiatari has an important role of NOT being too relaxed. He should also stand firm and receive the impact with the force from the stomach and the hip.
- In kihon-geiko, one can practise seme and simulate the competition situation.
- The right foot should be lightly touching the ground, as though there is a sheet of paper between the foot and the floor. This allows agility, in the case of nuki-waza or renzoku-waza. It is at the moment of shinai landing on target, that the weight is heavy on the right foot (ki-ken-tai-ichi).
- Distance in nidan-waza's should be careful.
- Seme, seme, seme.
My peformance on Wednesday was much better than the previous day, because I really tried to hold the centre before striking.
After the training Georg requested jigeiko with Tatsuro. It was a great match to see as Georg is one of the strongest kenshi if not the strongest in Dresden. But Tatsuro got ippon after ippon. He had such a strong centre and clean movements. A real pleasure to watch.
However, he looked quite tired from everyday's training from Sunday to Wednesday. I wonder if he expected differently before coming to Germany? heh heh