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Training on 04 Aug 2007

Just a quick note for today's training. As I always feel, if we don't write it down, we will forget it soon. Actually I planned to blog all my training after I came back to NZ this year. However, I just found time to do it today ...

Omar is take good note for our training for the training on Tuesday 31 July:
http://waikatokendoka.blogspot.com/2007/08/training-session-tuesday-31-july-2007.html

For those who could not come today, it was palnned for the Kata section. We started from 3pm for the beginner class. There is no point for them to do Kata yet as they just started Kendo for about 3 or 4 weeks.

I have been teaching Beginner class for several years now. From all the beginners' eyes, I have been encouraged a lot by them. I might be an instructor for the class but I also learn a lot from them. I would like to thank agian to all the beginners I have taught. It is you who make me a beeter instructor. Of course, I will keep lifting up my own Kendo level and please let's do it together.

After the teaching of the 3rd Kata at about 5.20, we had an about 30 minutes talk about the recent fund raising project (the EntertainmentBook http://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/) and the coming NZKF Seminar.

Members started to have their free practice (self training) for Kata. It has been good to see some of you were training heard.

I invited Do Hun (sorry for the spelling) have a Ji-keiko. Thanks to DoHun, I have enjoyed it very much. I feel DoHun's vigour is good. He also has good habit of showing Zanshin (Zan-shin: the follow through of a strike, a state of energy, execution, and alertness against an opponent.). A good Zanshin will make apporant difficult to strike back.

However, sometimes, he will make his Ken-sen hit the gound. This is not a good habit and I will explain to him next time.

After DoHun, Joyce came! Yes, my daughter came!

After Joyce, Ruby came. Basically, Ruby has good attitude and spirit. And, because she was one of the NZ Kendo Team members in the 13th World Kendo Chanpionship, many people have tried to teach her too advanced "skills". I have tole her that she needs to focus on Kihon now in corder to hava long run in her Kendo journey.

After Ruby, Andrew came. Andrew has imporve since I went back to Taiwan for working last year. I feel that Andrew has got the spirit of Kendo. He is not in the Biginner stage anymore because he has found the "drive" for his own. It is so nice to see this growth. Just a small bad habbit that Andrew needs to change now: after missing a strike, go into (near) your opponat, and do not run forward and turn the body at the same time.

Terry came after Andrew. Terry has also improved a lot . Terry and I had a good Keiko today. After Ji-Kendo, I let him to have Ai-Kakarikeiko (double side) with me. For his level, I think he needs this training very much. It's good to see that after doing keiko with me. He went to some other members and doing Kakarikeiko himeself.

Jeffrey is the next one. At the final I-ppon, Jeffrey got a Men strike form me. The situation is easy. All out club members should be able to understand: Jeffrey just kept seme forward and I was moving backward. Jeffrey had slightly increased his speed of moving forward, which is only slightly faster than my speed of moving backward. At his 3rd step of moving forward, I just finished my 2nd step. He started to stilke (i.e. a Men strike with fomikomi). At that moment, it is too late for me to move backward to escape. My kamae was defeated. Thus, he had a good Ken from me.

Is this nice? As long as you get the Kihon (basics) right, you can get anyone!

Henry came after Jeffrey. Henry had a good Kirikaishi to start the keiko. I hope that Henry will do the same in his grading in the National camp. However, Henry was much better than the last time I saw him, his cuts was still too stiff and that makes his turning slow. When the turning is slow, it looks that you are not aware there is an enemy out there and s/he is waiting to "kill" you.

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Well, these are all from my very personal perspective. As I have called for co-author for this blog to keep the note for our training. If you are interested to help, please let me know.

Before becoming the co-auther, yoy can share your thoughts already by giving your comments.

Thank you very much for today and see you on next Tuesday!

Sam :)

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