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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

忍耐 + 掌握人生
Back to Basics

Tonight's training was very interesting. The training format was totally different to the other trainings.

Takashi Itakura Sensei led the class tonight. From 7:30pm-8:30pm, we practiced Bokuto Kendo Kihon Waza from #1 all the way to #9, and I paired up with Chris Barbe.

I wasn't quite familiar with the Bokuto Kendo Kihon Waza routine and have only learnt Kihon #1 and #2 at Hornsby training half a year ago. However, since the name of the Bukouto Kendo Kihon Waza suggests the movements and actions that need to be taken, it was easy to pick the routines up quite quickly.

Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon-waza Keiko-ho
So below are the routines - from #1 to #9

Kihon Ichi:
Ippon-uchi no waza: Men, Kote, Doh, Tsuki.

Kihon Ni:
Ni/Sandan no waza: Kote, Men

Kihon San:
Harai waza: Harai Men

Kihon Yon:
Hiki waza: Tsubazeriai kara no Hiki Doh

Kihon Go:
Nuki waza: Men, Nuki Doh

Kihon Roku:
Suriage waza: Kote, Suriage Men

Kinon Shichi:
Debana waza: Debana kote

Kihon Hachi:
Kaeshi waza: Men, Kaeshi Migi-Doh

Kihon Kyu:
Uchiotoshi waza: Doh uchiotoshi Men

Practicing Kihon Waza with bokuto and without men and kote on allowed me to become more aware of executing each technique correctly with proper posture.

A good website on Bokuto Kendo Kihon-waza is: http://www.mushinkankendo.com/kendo_kihon_waza.html

Lots of Ashi-keiko and Big Big Suburi
Tonight was a real back-to-basics lesson. In the last 30mins of the training session, we did ashi-keiko and kihon suburi.

In ashi-keiko, we did a few rounds of suri-ashi, suri-ashi with fumikomi-men, suri-ashi with fumikomi-kote-men, along the length of the dojo. We also did paired-up ashi-keiko moving back and forth the length of the dojo, with the aim of maintaining a good connection and distance with your practicing partner.

Following the ashi-keiko was suburi session. Yes, suburi was the last thing we did tonight.

We did about 100 times each of jogeburi, kihon-men, squatting suburi, and haya-suburi.

Apart from haya-suburi, all the suburi started at a very slow pace, with the aim of doing each cut perfectly and BIG. Then the speed would pick up to normal speed.

I really like tonight's training. It allowed me me to to focus on the really basic movements and to review on what I have learnt in Nittaidai. Focusing on how to grip the shinai and the elbow position in men-uchi.

Something that I felt I need much improvement on from tonight's training was the foot and arm coordination during the continuous suriashi-men ashi-keiko session. There needs to be fluency in my fumikomi and the suri-ashi movements.

Monday: Isaac Bober's Last Training
I attended Monday night's Pyrmont training and found out that it was Isaac's last kendo training in Sydney. He will be moving to South Australia this Sunday as he becomes a freelance car reviewer.

I was shocked when I found out that he is moving. Isaac has been an important person in my kendo career. It was Isaac who taught me the cool trick of fake-doh, then men. Isaac has very beautiful, straight kendo, and I especially like his kote-men. It's so fluent.

I will definitely miss the keiko with Isaac very much. I wish him the very best in S. Australia and hope that he will keep training hard there. I look forward to engage keiko with him again in the very near future.


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