忍耐 + 掌握人生
Training with the Stars
For the first part, I jogged for about 15-20mins. Then went on to do suri-ashi and ayumi-ashi up and down the rugby score-line. One lap fast suri-ashi. One lap slow suri-ashi. One lap ayumi-ashi. Repeating that sequence for 5 times. At the end of that exercise, my left calf had a good workout.
I have always known that my body wasn't very stable when I do fast suri-ashi footwork. So during all the ashi-sabaki practices, I put my hands above my hip to make sure that I have engaged the correct group of muscles to propel me forward, to keep my body stable. The hands gave great feedback to my quality of ashi-sabaki practice. Even the seemingly easy ayumi-ashi practice was a bit more demanding when I put more concentration on keeping my body posture correct.
I then grabbed my shinai and did some more ashi-sabaki practice along the rugby score-line - fast suri-ashi with striking movements, men-uchi, kote-uchi, men-uchi with lunging footwork.
Then in the last session, I did imagination training to practice my movements and reaction in shiai situations.
It was so nice to practice in such a serene, quiet and peaceful darkness under a beautiful clear night sky. During rest between sessions, I looked up the sky to watch the countless beautiful stars. I love star-gazing, especially in winter, as my favourite constellations - Scorpius, appears during this time of the year. I personally think that Scorpius got the most captivating shape amongst all the constellations in the sky.
Tonight, I saw a shooting star. It was so beautiful and enchanting that I forgot to make a wish before it disappeared from the horizon. That will just keep me going back to the park at night to train until I see another shooting star. Next time, I will remember to make a wish before it flies away.
52nd All Japan University Kendo Championships
16th October 2005
at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
I have video-taped some matches from the 52nd All Japan University Championships while I was training at Nippon Sport Science University late last year. I thought the matches are beautiful and would like to share them with you. Below are the quarter-final 7-men team matches between two great kendo university rivals - Nittadai and Budai.
Quarter-Final 7-Men Team Matches
Nippon Sport Science University (white) v International Budo University (red)
3rd Match - SAKAI Senshu (white) from Nittaidai
Fukusho Match - SHINO Senshu (white) from Nittaidai in Jodan
Taisho Match - WADA Kazunori Senshu (white) from Nittaidai