忍耐 + 掌握人生
Boxing and Kendo
It was very humid on Monday, which made training a lot more tiring than it'd have been. I sweated so much that it was like carrying another kilogram on my body with the soaked double-layer kendo-gi during the trainings at Pyrmont and UNSW.
There were 4 sensei training at Pyrmont tonight - Payne sensei, Onodera sensei, Master Kim and Itakura sensei. I had the chance to jigeiko with all but Itakura sensei. The jigeiko with Master Kim was really intense, and I think he was in real shiai mode, going full-on. His control of the shinai - the twirling and knocking - was superior, and it was tough for me to concentrate on keeping the centre.
After Pyrmont, I rushed out of the dojo and quickly drove to UNSW for the final 30mins of jigeiko. I had jigeiko with Sano sensei, Michael, John and Elaine.
Predictable Behaviour before Attack
At the end of the UNSW training, Michael kindly offered me advice on his observations about my attacks - particularly men-uchi. He observed that I pressed his shinai down every time just before I launched a men-uchi; or moved straight in if I attempt kote-uchi. And he was right. I was thinking too much about having my shinai on top of his at every men attack. So after a couple of attacking attempts, Michael could figure out my attacking pattern very easily and neutralise my attacks.
I need to have a greater variety of play before my attacks, plus I think I used too much of the physical side of attack. I need to use more seme to create the opportunities.
Thanks Mike for your feedbacks! You are a true friend.
Wed, Jan-18 - North Sydney PCYC
Training was great at Master Kim's dojo on Wednesday night. There were 9 person training, including Master Kim, Jimmy and Taek.
We did a lot of the shiai-styled basics, such as seme-men, seme-kote-men, etc. I really like this session as it gave me lots of chance to practice a good cut. My men-cuts felt strong. I was concentrating on pushing out with my left hand in my men-cut, my body was moving in... it was great feeling. My posture is improving now.
Kostya Tszyu: A beautiful and inspiring story
While driving home after Wednesday night's training, I came across a very inspiring interview on ABC Radio with Kostya Tszyu - a Russian-born Australian Boxing Champion, who has won all the World Boxing Titles in the junior welterweight division.
The interview was beautiful. I could draw a lot of parallels between Boxing and Kendo - the mental and physical challenges, the juggle between training and family, the desire to become better, the pain barrier, etc... There are so much life experience accumulated through Kostya's boxing career. It was like listening to an 8Dan sensei speaking... Boxing / Kendo has evolved outside of the boxing ring / dojo and has become their way of life.
I would recommend listening to the audio clip than reading the transcript. From the audio clip, you could hear from Kostya's voice that he is a gentle, honest and humble soul. Here are the 3 audio formats to choose from: Real Audio / Window Media / MP3