Skip to main content

Darrin - Camp


Hi Sam

In reply to your homework email...

Leading up to the camp I had been focussing on trying to 'fix' some of my kendo problems and I was doing extra cardio work to improve my fitness/stamina. Two days before the camp I got a cold - a bad one! Oh man, I was so frustrated!

I atttended the camp on Saturday and to be honest it was a long day for me because I had a headache and wasn't feeling too great. However I still really enjoyed the training.

I found the spiritual aspects of kata really helpful with having the appropriate attitude when approaching kata.

I found the breathing training really helpful although pretty hard work.

It was really useful for me as I have been thinking a lot lately about my breathing and how I use up all my breath on one kiai.

I also found that the focus on training with the attitude that your life is on the line every time was really good and should help me to improve my sanshin.

The kirikaishi training was cool too! It was really hard work when you and your opponent had to continually attack each other when one ran out of breath. My opponent and I each refused to say that either of us had 'won the battle' and so we fought 4 times I think.I was really stuffed after that but exhilarated too!

Actually I felt that the things that Sensei was focussing on are the same aspects that you, Marleen and Jeffrey focus on with our training also. This tells me that I have excellent teachers!

Hmm, when I mention good teachers I have to say that I noticed a couple of dan grade kendoka from other clubs did not appear to me to be as kind or maybe humble as I would expect from people at their level(?), so again it makes me grateful for the high quality of the instrutors in our club.

So anyway, I got through Saturday, went home and pretty much straight to bed. When I woke up on Sunday my cold was even worse and I decided that it would not be sensible for me to attend the camp that day - but I was really disappointed.Still, I learnt heaps from Saturday and it's given me a lot to work on. For one thing, after training all day I reckon that 3 hours on a Saturday is nothing!!

I want to finish by saying that I noticed how much preparation etc was going on in the back ground and I am immensely grateful to you, Marleen, the senpai from our club and all the others that did stuff to make sure the camp ran smoothly for us all. I can't really thank you enough and it humbles me with all that you guys do for the club.

Kind regards
Darrin

Comments

Sam Tsai said…
Hi Darrin,

Thank you for the "homework". You are the first one who hand it in. :)

I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed the weekend, although it is only one day. However, one day is enough!

Also, thank you for the kind words about Marleen, Jeffrey amd myself. I think that we are just doing the things we think it is right and I believe that you will become one of us in the future.

Kendo is really a wonderful thing to do. I am really happy that you can have this opportunity to meet Inoue sensei at your early Kendo stage. Please remember his teaching. You will find his teaching will become more and more meaningful as your Kendo journey continues.

I also think that our club is lucky to have you as one of our members.

Get well soon. :)

Kind regards,
Sam

Popular posts from this blog

2020 Kendo Beginners information

Our first 2020 training (keiko) starts from Wednesday 8 January
You are warmly invited to join us and 
start your New Year resolutions as a Modern Samurai. 


--- Information for Year 2020 Beginners ---

Starting Dates:
Class A: 1.30 – 3pm Saturday 11 JanuaryClass B: 1.30 – 3pm Saturday 14 MarchClass C: 1.30 – 3pm Saturday 11 JulyClass D: 1.30 – 3pm Saturday 10 October
Note: The Class B is postponed one week (from 7 Mar to 14 Mar) due the the current corona-virus status. 

Course Information:
No previous experience required.Regardless of gender, ages from 8 to 80 are all welcome.First lesson is your Free trial.Fees: 99.00 — 10 weeks course (equipment rental included)Family discounts: the 2nd family member is 50.00, the 3rd one is 25.00, and from the 4th one is free.Full membership after the Beginner Class
Programme Objectives: 

By the end of the course, you will be ready to put on Bogu (armour) and start your Kendo journey as a modern Samurai!





Venue:
School of Education (SOEGymGate 4, Hill…

Koboitchi – 2019 Yamagami Sensei Seminar in New Zealand

Photo Credit: Auckland Kendo Club
Original text in Chinese by Sam Tsai English Translation by David Pan 

This is the fourth time I have had the pleasure of attending Yamagami Sensei’s Kendo seminar.
In 2016, the seminar topic was about the fundamentals of kendo: The five sections of the shinai – Jin-Gi-Rei-Chi-ShinIn 2017, the seminar topic was regarding the “heart(mind) of self-control”, namely: 克己心 / こっきしん / kokkishin: the mindset of overcoming the self平常心 / へいじょうしん / heijoshin: everyday mind 不動心 / ふどうしん / fudoshin: immovable mind In 2018, the seminar topic is 三殺法 / さんさっぽう / San-satsu-no-ho or San-sappo 「竹刀・太刀を殺す」: Kill the sword 「技を殺す」: Kill the waza 「気を殺す」: Kill the spirit

The topic this year is 攻防一致 / Koboitchi. Most kenyu probably heard of it by the more classical term 懸待一致 / けんたいいっち / kentaiitchi, a realm or level of understanding which we hope to attain one day thru training. That said, how do we actually work on this in our daily training? I think this is a question that many ke…

Do not give up just because something is not going your way - Carl Ann

Best wishes to your anticancer pharmaceutical research project!
*
Life is full of obstacles and challenges but they shouldn’t stop you from moving forward, meaning, do not give up just because something is not going your way. In fact, they should be the driving forces of your progress. I don’t know everything about Kendo, only what my sensei(s) and my mother have told me. There are some steps which I can’t do but I still train because that is how a person makes progress. You cannot improve if you don’t do anything. Being the person I was and still am (a total weirdo), I never really understood what giving up meant before. I had never so-called given up on anything I started because I didn’t know what it was. It sounded like a silly human sentiment to me. How can you stop doing something that you have not mastered? Doesn’t it feel incomplete? Shouldn’t it motivate you to try harder because it feels good to master something or it enriches your life ie. makes your life more meaningful? 

How…