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, March 21, 2007

True samurai spirit?

This week I'm on the road, attending a conference in Duesseldorf. It's always nice to, once in a while, get out of my home institute and have a change of the air.

Last week back in Dresden I managed to train once on Tuesday, the evening before I had to deliver a presentation. My body was not fit due to the lack of sleep and overworking lately. But I enjoyed nevertheless the mental and physical exersices.

We did 2 sets of kirikaeshi, followed by some kihon, and then started yoko-men ooikumi-geiko, and kote-men ooikumi-geiko. At this point my body was already exhausted -- just the right time to do jigeiko.

I couldn't hit fast especially when I did kote-men, for example, I constantly forgot to push my hip forwards. I was experimenting with ways of seme (pressuring forwards), but I'll have to try more to see what works. In general, I have a better centre and maai has improved a little too.

The training finished at 11pm. I got home around 11:30pm and worked until 3am. True samurai spirit?

2 comments:

Vivian Yung said...

Ivan, nice to hear you are still training hard in your busy schedule. Take care of your body too!

Ivan said...

Thanks, Vivian. Last week when I was on the conference I made sure I ate A LOT and sleep properly (not without some beer beforehand though). ;)