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!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hiki-waza with the soles

In the past two weeks, I made sure I gave my best during the trainings. Afterall, training twice a week is about what I can manage at the moment. Once Ho Sensei called me over after the training and said to me, "Because you now train seldom, you should practise with me twice every time you come. I will now fight with you like you're 4th Dan not 2nd Dan. And you should try your very best." After listening to this, I was very grateful for the mind he put into bringing up the level of my kendo. Immediately afterwards I told myself that I will try my best to live up to his expectation and not disappoint him.

  • In one of the trainings, we practised Hiki waza. Ho Sensei told us to move fast away from the opponent, one has to use the soles of the feet.
  • make cuts as though the shinai is a real sword and don't just tap the men of the oppoent but cut solid down with the left hand.
A friend, Adam Urban, a young kenshi from the Czech Republic is staying in Taipei for two months, and I brought him to the dojo. Ho Sensei instructed him as though he is his own student, and I believe this is very valuable for him, because in most of the other dojoes I've visited, including Japan, the head Sensei usually don't say much especially to the novices. I hope he can pick up a lot of things by the time he leaves here.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Keep the body weight low

Training in this warm and humid climate, reactions and responses to opponents do become much slower. Sometimes, underneath the helmet I just try to stay sane...

My current immediate goal is clear: To keep my body weight low while propelling forwards during strike, and thereby making solid fumigomi.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Moving to Hsinchu

Due to my new job, I moved here to Hsinchu City, 1.5 hours away from Taipei by car or 30 mins by the High Speed Railway. So my plan is to practise 1-2 times from Monday until Friday in Hsinchu, and go to Taipei Kendokan on Fridays.

This evening was the first time I went to Hsinchu Kendokan since I moved here. However, I came once here with Ozawa Sensei and Hara Sensei. Hsiao-Du-Sempai (who also practises regularly in Taipei Kendokan and a local) led the training. The session was simple, starting with kihon-geiko and then jigeiko. Four jigeikos was about enough today for me in this temperature. Anyhow, it was good that I have a place to practise here in Hsincu with many nice people.