a MMB! Kendo Blog: Ahoy! Ready To Set Sail

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Monday, July 25, 2005

忍耐 + 掌握人生
Ahoy! Ready To Set Sail

My wishes granted
Today is a big day for me. First, the Australian Physiotherapy Association could finally tell me the exact course date for the Physiotherapy Assistant Certification course, which means I could start planning for my work leave to attend this course and to do Kendo training in Japan. Then, I was accepted to do observational experience placement at the Northern Sports Physio - my dream Sports Physio Clinic in North Sydney, starting this Saturday. Following that was my manager's approval to grant me a 5-week leave between Oct 4 - Nov 4. Woohoo!!! Luck and good fortune seemed to be coming my way.

In the absence request I sent to my manager, I mentioned about my Kendo training at Nippon Sports Science University - one of the best Japanese Kendo universities - and that this training opportunity is extremely rare. Of course, I did not mention about the Physio certification course.

I was really sceptical of my manager approving my leave request as 3-week leave is generally considered extremely long in the Bank's project, let alone 5 weeks.

After some nervous waiting for my manager's reply, this is what he wrote back to me:

"I will approve this, but you realise that you won't be able to take any more leave until probably April 06?"

I was really excited when I read his reply, but at the same time I was a bit frustrated because it might mean that I won't be able to participate in the Hong Kong Asian Kendo Tournament in Feb '06. I had such a wonderful experience in this year's tournament and have been planning to go back again for next year's tournament. Of course, training with Nittaidai is like a once-in-a-life-time experience, so I quickly and happily accepted my manger's terms and conditions. I will deal with the Hong Kong issue later on.

Woohoo! The realisation of my dream to train in Japan and to become a sports physiotherapist is getting closer and closer...

Training in the Past Week
Training has been going well in the past week. There were 5 visiting Japanese university students in Willoughby last Saturday and I was lucky enough to play most of them. After I played the first Japanese student, I somehow got into the motodachi side as people kept lining up to play me. Then two more Japanese visitors queued in my line, and so I was fortunate enough to play most of the visitors. It was physically demanding to play all the people who lined up for me and played my best, but I felt absolutely great after that. I wish there were more Kendo sessions in the weekend.

Mike is back
I went to Pyrmont training tonight. During the jigeiko with Onodera sensei and Payne sensei, I somehow picked up the feel to execute a good harai-men and suriage-men, especially suriage. It suddenly turned so much more effective. Now I just need to remember that shinai-sliding feeling and be able to do it again in the future.

Without taking off my do and tare, I drove straight to UNSW after Pyrmont training. Michael Henstock is back from his 3-month Nittaidai training, and I was really keen to see how much he has improved. We played a sanpon shobu, and Mike won that one in 2-1. All the points were men-ari.

I then played Sano sensei, Erik, Sussan and Yoshiki until it was 9:30pm. My match with sensei was rather short, because Sano sensei told me "I was falling apart". I was really concerned when he said that. Did I really play that badly? Luckily, it was my do himo falling apart. Not my kendo. So I played an ippon-shobu with Sano sensei and it ended rather quickly with Sano sensei scoring a men on me.

Just when I was going to take off my bogu, Mike wanted to do one more jigeiko. So I fought Mike for the second time tonight. This time it was ippon shobu. I got a men-ari on Mike after 10 seconds, which really surprised me. Well, both of us were really keen to go on for more, so I suggested another ippon-shobu. We both tried hard breaking each other's chusen, and that was really fun. It took quite a while before the deciding point was scored. This time, Mike scored a men on me. (tehehe, as you'd have guessed.)

Thumb Sprain
Btw, during the last jigeiko with Mike, I sprained my left thumb during taitari, and it is quite tender when I touch the joint at the bottom of the thumb (metacarpo-phalangeal joint). I think I will need to tape and ice my sprained thumb tonight.

Anyway, I have found a good information website on sports injury as a result of my thumb sprain research -> www.sportsinjuryclinic.net


  • Vivian:

    Thank you for the Jigeiko, although I was playing pretty horribly basically the whole night ^^;;.

    Yes Mike is back... training is going to be more.. interesting. hahaha...

    Take care of your thumb >.<...

    By Blogger Quoth the raven, at Tuesday, July 26, 2005 9:52:00 PM  

  • Congratulations on everything going your way! Very happy at hearing your good news :)

    Hope your thumb gets better too! Keep smiling =p

    By Blogger plautus, at Tuesday, July 26, 2005 10:13:00 PM  

  • Congratulations - training in Japan sounds awesome!


    By Blogger Mick, at Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:16:00 AM  

  • Hey Sussan,

    Thank you for the jigeiko on Monday.

    tehehe,if Michael takes the warm-up tomorrow, be prepared for the worst. =P

    By Blogger Vivian Yung, at Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:44:00 AM  

  • Hey Plautus,

    Thanks. Yeah, I can't believe all the significant decisions going my way all in one afternoon.

    As a good prospective physio student, I have practiced taping my sprained thumb last night. Now, I am having a bit of trouble typing with my left hand. haha, which means I have successfully restricted my right thumb movement. YAY!!!

    Oh, I found out the technical name for thumb sprain. It's called Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Sprain. tehehe, I am so proud to have one physio jargon in my vocab repertoire, though I hope I won't have to learn all the technical names through my own injuries. =P

    By Blogger Vivian Yung, at Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:53:00 AM  

  • Mick,

    Yes, it's going to be AWESOME!!! 73 days to go!!!


    By Blogger Vivian Yung, at Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:56:00 AM  

  • Hey Vivian,

    It's always great to read ur blog..Lol...I had the same thumb injury a few weeks back..It took me almost 10 weeks to fully recover...I hope urs won't be that bad...

    By Blogger Paul, at Thursday, July 28, 2005 12:34:00 AM  

  • Goodness heaven! 10 weeks! I hope your thumb is fully recovered and restored full motion now.

    I seriously hope mine won't take that long to recover.

    By Blogger Vivian Yung, at Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:49:00 AM  

  • Whoa - best of luck Vivian!!

    Forget about Asian tournament. I mean, you can get to the ones afterwards... WKC is on every 3 years, so should be something worth training for!

    ...and I assume you'll continue blogging in Japan too :)

    By Blogger Mingshi, at Thursday, July 28, 2005 1:48:00 PM  

  • Hey Jenny,

    Blogging from Japan? Most definitely! I hope Internet access is easy to find around the University.

    Hmmm... you are quite right. I can still participate in subsequent Hong Kong Asian Tournament, but 2007 will probably be the last time I can participate in overseas tournament for a while as I will have to save up to study the 4-year physiotherapy course provided that I am successfully enrolled into it.

    By Blogger Vivian Yung, at Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:03:00 PM  

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