忍耐 + 掌握人生
Even though I couldn't attend as many dojo training as I would like, I have been doing some training on my own - going to the gym and doing the usual cardio/anaerobic exercise routine in the morning before work, and on Thursday and Friday nights, I went to the local sport grounds and did some jogging and a lot of footwork training.
On Saturday, I brought a Japanese friend, whom I met at the Japanese language school I am attending, with me to Willoughby training.
To give you a quick background, I am currently taking Japanese language class every Tuesday after work. Lately, there have been two student teachers taking my class. During conversations, I found out that Aiko, one of the 2 student teachers, is a Kendo 2-Dan, but have stopped praciticing after graduating from high school 3 years ago. I immediately invited her to join our Saturday training. At first she was very hesitant, but after much urging and encouragement, I finally succeeded.
So I brought 2 sets of everything to Saturday training - 2 sets of bogu, 2 tenugui, 2 sets of kendo gi and hakama, well for shinai, I just brought my usual 3 shinai.
Today Payne Sensei led quite a long session of warm-up which finished at 11am. Then we put our bogu on and moved on to waza session. I was one of the 7 motodachi on the floor today. We started off with kirikaeshi, followed by nidan waza, men-taitari-hiki-(men/kote/do) waza, seme-men and finally finished off with kirikaeshi.
From 11:15am onwards, the jigeiko session began. My focus on today's session is to maintain my composure in chudan, keep a strong centre, and concentrate on applying seme on my opponents. I don't have any major discoveries today, but I did found that more ashi-sabaki was very sharp today. I felt very light and at ease moving around, sliding back and forth as I wish. The footwork training at nights really made a difference to my keiko performance.
I also tried to practice oji-waza. Need to work more on the timing as I still couldn't execute my oji waza quick enough to stand the ground (and not to execute backward-going techniques).
The training ended early today at 11:45am as the club's Annual General Meeting was held. Thank you to Andoru for leading SKC for the past 2 years. Congratulations on our new club President Chris Super-Taitari Barbe, and Jayson Snappy-men Chaplin as the new Secretary.
Afterwards, 15 of us (including Sano Sensei too!) went to Black Cow for a big groupie lunch. I had my favourite baked garoupa in half tomato sauce and half cheese and mushroom sauce. Yummy!!!
Afterwards, I drove Aiko to Chatswood station. On the way, she told me that she gave away all her kendo gears after senior high school graduation as the kendo training was too harsh to find enjoyment anymore. In her kendo years, she and her friends often trained to the stage where one became unconscious. But today, she said she was very happy to play kendo again. It was great for me to hear that. I really hope that she will come to kendo training with me from now on.
I would like to share some videos I taped at the 53rd All Japan University Championships 2006 at the Nippon Budokan. Also, I found two exciting videos in YouTube kindly uploaded by dodaichi85.
Finals of the 53rd All Japan University Championships
Miyazaki vs. Eiga