忍耐 + 掌握人生
Melbourne Kendo Seminar
- Chiba Masashi sensei, Kendo Hanshi 8th Dan
- Hoshina Hiroko sensei, Kendo Renshi 7th Dan
- Suzuki Aki sensei, Kendo 6th Dan
There were an enormous amout of new things I learnt during the 2-day seminar. To make it easy for me to review in the future, I will cover them in point-form.
Kihon Keiko / Women Seminar
- The up-swing and down-swing should be executed in one smooth movement, with
- The shinai's down-swing immediately before impact should travel faster by the use of wrist.
- Should aim to execute every men cut with the intent to cut through the opponent. So during suburi, the completed men cut should stop at chest height.
- With the correct arm-wrist joint coordination, a powerful cut can be geneated with extremely small movement. The idea is like the Bruce Lee's one-inch punch.
- Hoshina sensei pointed out that our footwork is an area that we should put effort in improving. She has introduced us to a 20-step footwork exercise routine:
5. Diagonal Front-Right
6. Back to Center
7. Diagonal Front-Left
8. Back to Center
9. Diaognal Back-Right
10. Back to Center
11. Diagonal Back-Left
12. Back to Center
13. Okuri-ashi to the Front-Right
14. Back to Center
15. Okuri-ashi to the Front-Left
16. Back to Center
17. Okuri-ashi to the Rear-Right
18. Back to Center
19. Okuri-ashi to the Rear-Left
20. Back to Center
- In executing fumikomi, lift the right foot using the right thigh muscles, and
- The right foot fumikomi should pull the left foot up instantly. This will prevent the "flying left leg" syndrome so apparent in my kendo. Left foot should be always in touch with ground.
- No lazy walking footwork after executing a cut.
- After following through the cut, turn sharply and be ready for your opponent.
- Hoshina sensei introduced us to a new training method to take advantage of opponent's lasped zanshin after cutting. Motodachi will commit to a men cut while the student will deflect the cut. The Motodachi will pass through the student after making the blocked cut. As soon as Motodachi turns around, the student will take advantage of the lapsed defence moment and cut the men.
- Chiba sensei introduced us to a new reflex training. In this exercise, we formed a group of 9. Four people lining up on both side of the dojo facing each other, with one person doing the reflex training in the middle of the 8 people. One side would cut men on the person doing the reflex training, while the other side would cut kote. The person doing the reflex training will need to counter-attack to the men / kote cut by executing oji waza. After reacting to one cut, the practicing person will quickly turn around to face the other side. This reflex training keeps going until the practicing person has gone through all the people. It's important that the practicing person goes back to chudan no kamae before the motodachi should go in to cut men / kote.
- Yonhonme - The wakigamae's kensen should be lower than the gedan's kensen.
- Gohonme - the impact point of the simultaneous strike attempts should be in the middle part of bokken. Kensen should be at head height. (Common mistake is the impact point stopping too high above the head level.)
- Nanahonme - both motodachi and shidachi make a simultaneous thrust out to the opponent's chest.
- Nanahonme - the do cut should be a small in-front-of-the-body swing, instead of a full, above-the-head swing.
My jigeiko with Sensei
I was fortunate enough to play all 3 visiting sensei and Nagae sensei during the 2 days. Although each jigeiko was short, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Of all the jigeiko, I especially enjoyed the jigeiko with Suzuki Aki sensei. She is the most awesome female kendoka I have ever played. With a tiny and extremely slim built, I was bewildered by the amount of energy in her kendo. As you could imagine, there were 10 people lining up to play her at all time, and she played each one of them like it was her first jigeiko. There was no waiting kendo. She was actually the side who explored opportunities and went for the kill first. And each cut was done in explosive speed and power. It was absolutely awesome to watch her play and actually played against her. She played so differently to the way how the other sensei played. With what I saw and experienced, it's little wonder why she is already 6th Dan at a tender age of 33.
Together with Miyazaki Masahiro, Suzuki Aki sensei and Miyazaki are my Super Kendo Idols!!!
After the training, I went to thank each of the sensei for the training and the jigeiko. Hoshina sensei said my kendo was good and told me to 'gambade". Ah, it's so good to hear that from the sensei. ^_^
Kate told me that all of the visiting sensei will come again next year to hold a seminar just before the World Championships. Woohooo!!! Definitely something to look forward to.
Chiba Masashi sensei, Kendo Hanshi 8th Dan - he is a very nice, very approachable, funny and animated sensei.
Hoshina Kumiko sensei, Kendo Renshi 7th Dan - the head women instructor in the seminar.
Suzuki Aki sensei, Kendo 6th Dan - she is my female Kendo idol. Her kendo is absolutely awesome! Where does she find all her energy from?
Different shades of colour on my right forearm. This bruise was amazingly inflicted by just one super-hard hitter in the weekend.
Electro Cardio Graph - 47 BPM
On a completely different note. I discovered that I have an extremely low blood pressure (47/90mmHg) and heart beat per second (47 bpm) after Nickle - my massage therapist, found that the colour of my palm does not look too good. Nickle said that the colour of my palm looked exactly like some of his clients who have got heart problems. *Gulp*
So after I have done a few blood pressure and heart beat tests at home, I went to see my family doctor who recommended me to do an Electro Cardio Graph test. The test results go like this:
- Sinus Bradycardia 47 BPM
- Non specific widespread ST elevation of possible significance
- Most likely normal variant
Reported by: Dr. P. Hansen (Senior Cardiologist)
My family doctor looked at the report and said that the low heart beat rate is most likely caused by doing too much exercise, but the second point about ST elevation needs further investigation.
So yeah, I am going to meet a Cardiologist in September to do further testing and make sure things are okay.
Anyway, I found this article "ECG Findings in Active Patients" quite interesting.