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!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

backwards, forwards

After 1.5 week of absence due to injury and hangover, I went to the training yesterday. After the kihon we formed a circle and played the game of "who-wins-stays-in-the-middle". Well, at least that how I imagine it'd be called. But the problem was that the attacker is voluntary, and most people were shy to come up. So we formed instead a queue. I didn't enjoy it so much as most people just charge onto me without thinking and a bad hit also qualified as an ippon. Didn't see much kendo in it.

After this I did jigeiko with Patrick and then Georg. Haven't had the chance to practise with Patrick for a long time, so it was nice. Especially because he has good kihon (basics). With Georg it was fun as well.

Here are some after thoughts:
  • When moving backwards always maintain the intention to go forwards again, this applies especially to the oji-wazas.
  • Do-strike the left hand should drop vertically in front of the navel so it wouldn't be too high or low.


Vivian Yung said...

Whoa! You must have had a pretty big hangover :)

Coincidentally, we also had something similar to your "form-a-circle" training. The only difference is that the person in the middle was the newly graded shodan, and he must stay in the middle for that 20mins, while everyone in the circle come challenging him. I have to agree with you that it was pretty hard to keep nice ippon kendo going with all the excitement (and craziness) going with that "All In" game...

Ivan said...

heh heh, the 7 shots of rum in two hours were to blame. It was a Monday as well. Imagine starting a week like that!

This weekend and the following few weeks we're recieving a couple of students from Wasada University -- I'm excited!