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FIK Asian Zone Shinpan Seminar
Apart from studying, I have been trying to utilise my time as wisely as possible to accommodate kendo practice. Since coming back from Hong Kong, I have been burying myself to prepare for the 2007 FIK Shinpan Seminar in Sydney. So apart from the FIK Asian zone shinpan weekend which I also participated as a shiai-sha, I have only had 4 keiko in the past 3 weeks.
Here is a short report of the past 3 weeks...
I have been carrying on suriage-men and tsuki practice whenever situations permit.
Feedbacks from Kai: My tsuki is too easy to parry away at the moment. Technique is fine, but need a bit more speed if I want to land on target before my opponent can react. Similar to men cut, tsuki can be fast and light. Just remember the feeling of receiving those tsuki from Japanese Sensei - fast and light.
FIK Asian Zone Shinpan Seminar, Sydney
The FIK Asian Zone Shinpan Seminar was held in Sydney last weekend (17-18 March). About 40 participates from the Asian region attended, with over half coming from within various parts of Australia.
It was a rare opportunities to have lots of 8 Dan sensei visiting Sydney. Of the ~40 Sensei who attended, we had the following 8 Dan Sensei:
- Hitoshi Murakami Sensei (Hanshi 8 Dan)
- Eiji Taguchi (Hanshi 8 Dan)
- Yuji Nakata (Hanshi 8 Dan)
- Mitsuru Hamasaki (Kyoshi 8 Dan)
- Noriyasu Mikise (Kyoshi 8 Dan)
- Nobuhide Sato Sensei (Kyoshi 8 Dan)
- Tsung-Shun Huang (Hanshi 8 Dan) from Taiwan
There were plenty of shiai-practice opportunities for the local 1 to 4 dan kendoka during the 2-day seminar. I was one of them.
On the morning of the first day, the shinpan class was conducted in lecture fashion, and so, the shiai-sha had a long wait until mid-afternoon for action.
I played 2 matches on the first day. First against Kate Bulldog Sylvester. Second was with my obaachan Chiaki Kobayashi.
I lost both matches 2-0. However, I wasn't too concerned about the result, because I told myself that this would be a great opportunity to practice those new techniques that I have been trying to master in recent time. And I did it without fear. However, I think I was a bit too concerned about showing nice composed kamae, too worried about my form, which affected my shiai instinct.
At the end of the day, the shinpan participants and shiai-sha formed 4 parallel lines and had 6 mawari-keiko before lining up for the 7 and 8 Dan Sensei. I had keiko with Hyun-Jin Jin Sensei (Kyoshi 7 Dan) from Korea and Sato Sensei.
On the second day, I had a total of 7 shiai (2mins each) in the following order:
- Me vs Shoko Bunder 0-2
- Me vs Kate 1-0
- Me vs Chiaki 1-0
- Me vs Toshio Nishimoto 0-0
- Me vs Shoko 2-0
- Me vs Kate 1-0
- Me vs Chiaki 0-2
I received a lot of feedbacks and advices on the second day from different Sensei from different countries and fellow shiai-sha.
- Jin Sensei from Korea: use more wrist to flick the shinai in men-cut
- Huang Sensei from Taiwan: in kote cut, right foot should step in the direction of opponent's right foot. Keep the body and shinai straight in the same direction during kote cut.
- Taiwanese Sensei(s): Practice more shiai type of waza (tricks) for shiai-use.
- Kate: make sure to push from the hip.
- Shoko: I have been able to create fear during a tsuki attempt, thus making her cuts more hesitant. I should keep on practicing tsuki that way.
I was also told by some 8 Dan Sensei not to practice tsuki for the moment, but to concentrate on men, kote and do cuts. Mmmm...
Anyway, the seminar ended with goudou-geiko in the similar fashion to the previous day, with 6 mawari-geiko following by keiko with 7 & 8 dan sensei. Due to the long queue and limited time, I had keiko with Murakami Sensei only.
After a short lunch break, a 5 & 6 dan kendo grading was held. Sano Sensei and Ben Kelly passed their 6 dan & 5 dan grading respectively. It's so exciting, I am so happy for them. Omedetou gozaimasu!!!