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, January 25, 2008

Toe-kyo 2



Oops I did it again...

See that crack?! Why the hell that this kept happening on me? Honestly, while the last time was self-inflicted, this time someone training in the next line kicked right into my little toe. My first sensation was, "Oh, there's a hole on the floor!" When I looked down, only did I find that the "hole" was on my foot, not the floor. The second thought was, "Fuck, no more training." With only 10 minutes before the end of the session, I raised the white flag and packed for home. One month no training... which basically says no more training in Paris.. :((

The training was also lead by Wakimoto sensei. He made us do more kihon-geiko, and gave less talking this time. He mentioned the importance of being alert while being a motodachi. Which is what I think always. Even if the motodachi is receiving the strike, he can train his eyes, identifying when the kakarite was going to strike, and hence improving his debana skills.

Another emphasis that Wakimoto Sensei kept telling was that in uchigomi-keiko, one should strike men directly from issoku-ito-no-maai, without extra step. And after the strike, the right hand punches forwards in the direction of the opponent's face. If the hands are higher, the whole body is unstable and easy to fall backwards, especially if the opponent pushes.

So much so for now..

Now I can only do suburi at home. I'm telling myself to wait patiently until my toe fully recovers. That's life.

9 comments:

Georg said...

Poor Ivan... :((

I had a similar problem and the same thoughts. The diagnosis was a fracture of a the middle hand. Though it turned out to be just a contusion. Tomorrow I'll start fighting again. But 2 weeks without training, just watching is a really sad time.

The eye training (there exists a special word ...-geiko) is very important. We had to do it at the Kangeiko. In groups of 3: Kakari, Motodachi and Observer.

We learnd a lot about being a Motodachi too. I is important to keep the tense after each strike, as well as distance, kamae and opportunities. Being Motodachi means not to relax, it is supposed to be as exhausting as the kakaris excerise.
Another great hint from Kurita Sensei: From the outside it should not be possible to find out which player is a motodachi and which is a kakari.
That's the way we should practice. All the time!

Get well soon Ivan!

Stephan said...

Aaaarghhhh!!!

I hope it will be well very quick. We will test your new skills when you come "home" ;)

Gute Besserung!!!

Stephan

Lilli said...

Wow, way to go :-(
You should take better care of yourself, ne.
Hope you'll get well soon :-)

Ivan said...

Thanks guys! I'll see you soon after mid-March!

lilou said...

還是修養一下比較好
多謝你記錄日本老師的課程
讓我們這些沒有機會與老師見面的劍友也有機會*上課*
感恩----

lilou said...

*休養*
抱歉筆誤

lilou said...

難得老師遠距離*上課*
請容許我多次來打擾

老師提到右手保持往對手面部衝去
等我們接近對方
是否得把雙手逐漸放下來準備體碰
還是直直衝進去?
如果對方不閃開 那我們自己得像泥鰍一樣閃人嗎

這是我的一大疑問
我很擔心傷到同伴
可是練習時曾有老師說
閃避那是對手的事
好苦惱啊

Ivan said...

這種打擊法確實是一種不顧對手死活的方式
我想每位老師強調的不同
大部分的老師第一強調的是體態的優美
所以右手的位置要對
練習時motodachi要閃開讓kakarite
可以保持姿勢完美的做殘心

我碰到老師說打擊者自行閃開
多半是在訓練參賽者
因為若不閃開不但無法做殘心
自己也容易受傷

最好的練習方式是讓kakarite可以放開來的打
所以我想motodachi是要讓開的

淺見..

HandsomeW said...

argh, that sucks Ivan.
Time for some mitori-geiko (which is the word georg couldn´t remember ;D).
Be sure to get well-recovered before going back to training. Sometimes trying to shorten recover times can lead to worse injuries.