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, April 18, 2007

Always be ready to strike

Today's training was very worthwhile. Georg led the training as Stephan was away. I went early to join the second half of the beginners session, in which very primitive exercises were done, so there is nothing notable.

In the advanced session, however, we did some a couple of new sequences, namely, (that's if I remember correctly)
  1. men, kote-taiatari-hiki-men, kote-men, men-kaeshi-do
  2. men, men-kaeshi-do, kote-taiatari-hiki-men, kote-men-taiatari-hiki-men-kote, men-debana-kote.
The idea, as Georg explained, was to be able to make spontaneous decisions to strike given any situation. I thought it was a neat concept.

In the jigeiko, I faught with Tino, Lili, Wibke, Georg, Antja, and Elisa, each person for 2 mins. Tino's kote-men got me a couple of times when my kote-strikes failed.

Some beginners that stayed on were not disciplined at all. Chatting to each other loudly. One even had chewing gum! How ridiculous that was. I doubt many of them have what it takes to carry on doing good kendo.

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