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!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Training video

Two Sempais, Chang and Liang, both 5th Dan doing jigeiko. Sorry about the noise of the electric fan. If I turned it off everyone would be steamed to dead in the summer climate.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Building up my waza skills

Recently I've been trying hard to improve my waza skills. It is very hard to practise against my sempais, because they are so fast. A little mistake in the posture and timing renders the waza ineffective. They have also been giving me lots of useful advices.

  • Debana-men: taking the center line is important. And since the opponent comes forwards, the right foot does not need to take such a large leap as usual. This makes the strike also faster.
  • Debana-kote: taking the center line is also important here. Make sure also that the left hand is pushed forward.
  • Sometimes my left heel is raised too high.
Although there are always difficulties here and there, I think my skills improve little by little anyhow. Especially, recently I have been able to "see" the winning strike at the moment when the opponent is about to strike. I seem to have a better feeling of what situation is the right moment to execute for which waza. Now I just need more practise and against more different players.

Keep it up!!