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Day 4, I'm No Longer a Bookend

As many experienced kendoka know, respect is an extremely important aspect to Kendo.  You respect your sensei.  You respect your dojo.  You respect each other.   492 more words

Kendo

Day 3, or The Day I Got to Hit Somebody

Damn was I sore after Day 2.  Mostly my left hip flexors – which makes sense, because those are powerhouse sprinting and jumping muscles.  Why only the left side?   441 more words

Kendo

Martial Aids

Friends from a nearby dojo have developed an addiction to doing suburi with a device that looks like a bicycle pump. When recently asked for my opinion of such a thing, I took the view that if the ZNKR had thought it a good idea, they would have issued a book on “kendo kihon practise with a bicycle pump” or “jitensha no kūki-ire ni yoru kendo keikoho”. 344 more words

Suburi

Sueno sensei and the 45 degree myth

Sueno Eiji sensei, hanshi  hachidan is back in the UK and has taken us through two evenings and two long but enlightening days of instruction. The seminar evolved from a detailed look at suburi through to the best way to display you skills in grading examinations, but sensei’s overriding thesis was that kendo training should be a step-by-step process, based on getting each stage right before you move on to the next. 329 more words

Kendo Technique