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!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Take life as it is

How come while the others are enjoying the summer vacation, I'm working until after dinner time? Last weeks I trained on average once a week due to parents' and friends' visits, plus more research papers that I'm writing - great for work, but on the expense on my hobby.

Life is not as simple as the student life before the graduate school, when everything I had to worry about was the present. Now I have to worry about the future and work for it. Is it distraction? Or maybe the opposite - my hobby is the distraction?

Neither, I say. I just take my life when it comes and how it comes.

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Last Friday in the training I explored different types of footworks for seme. Sometimes my opponents got distracted while I move sideways, which became a good moment for attacking.


Vivian Yung said...

Hey Ivan,

I can totally empathize with you. I have been in similar situation in the past few months too.

With the increasingly busy schedule in life, each practice session becomes more and more precious as the amount of time able to attend training session diminishes. And so, for me, I wanted to get more out of each session, more than ever before. I just wanted to train the hardest and put everything on the floor, so to speak at the end of each training session.

I wonder if you are feeling the same too?

Ivan said...

Hi Vivian

The exact same feeling goes for me. The downside however is that I have to struggle to keep my stamina at the same level. Perhaps jogging in my own time would help in that respect.

Anyways, haven't heard from you a long while. Hope all is well! Any kendo travel plans?

Vivian Yung said...

I always want to do kendo travel to a new place, to meet new people. I think this will happen when my university semester finishes in December. Mmmmnn... you got me thinking now.

How about you?

Ivan said...

As soon as my defense finish I'll go to japan again and possibly taiwan as well to cross swords with kendoka from my home country for the first time! Which will be in Nov I guess.

By the way I met Kevin and Christina last year in Kobukan from Melbourne (and Melbourne university). Do you know them?

Vivian Yung said...

Yes, I know Kevin Chin. We meet a few times a year during squad training or national championships.