|The famous Long-Shan Temple in Taipei|
I had a couple of very helpful practices at the Taipei Kendokan and I-Shin Kendokan. I practised with Mr. Liao at the Taipei Kendokan who commented that I should not forget my kihon when practising in jigeiko, and that I should not leave my hips behind. Indeed, when I look at his men-strikes, the fact that he maintained his body-posture straight throughout the motion made the attack look so aesthetically pleasing. When I asked, he told me that he played kendo for 10 years. "I hope I strike men as beautiful as that after I've done kendo for 10 years!" I thought. So far I have done kendo for 3 years. Sometimes I feel that my kihon is still shaky. There's no way I can make further progress if I don't work on this. And I have to bring that into my jigeiko instead of just doing a bashing-up.
In my last training at the I-Shin Kendokan Tsai Sensei commented that the pushing from my leg is strong enough but I didn't extend my wrist fully to strike.