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!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Shyugyo 7 - one goal

I'm rather sad that I've got only less than one week left to be here. Not only the kendo but many nice people I have met, and the city. There will be four more trainings, from Sunday to Wednesday before I leave on Thursday.

Tonight's training put me right back to the basics. I fought with Ozawa-sensei, Kuroda-san, and Kodama-san (a mint female 5th Dan). My men-uchi is too weak, so I always loose on debana-men. Kuroda-san told me that I shouldn't use my wrist too much but my shoulders to lift the shinai, and simply extend my wrist outwards. Kodama-san told me to push my body, and strike with my body. I will be happy if I manage to improve this in one year, since this is so important.

I went to the Meiji-shinku today and took some pictures. At the kyudojo there I saw some kyudo in action, which I think was an examination taking place.


HandsomeW said...

Wonderful experience Ivan! Wish you the "bestest" trainings until you leave Tokyo.

Didn´t know about Uchimura not winning at this year´s AJKC. Who won it? Seems like no one has been able to repeat a victory for the last few years!

Ivan said...

Teramoto from Osaka won. I actually hoped that the 2nd place winner Takanabe would win because I like his kendo more. But well, in a competition it is always hard to say..