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3rd Shiai

Well, how exciting! On Saturday we trained hard, as usual, and I was quite tired during gi keiko. It was a little discouraging to face senior after senior and be unable to compete adequately with them, even though they were kind and allowed opportunities to strike. I felt discouraged to feel like I had no way of "getting to them". Thankfully Sempai Amigo gave me some very useful advice. He could see is was wasting energy by striking without commitment. Without commitment, no point could be scored anyway. I took on his advice and tried to be more selective about my strikes when facing the next opponents. Then came shiai - Red versus White teams as usual. The Red team looks very strong and has many experienced Kendoka. White team has a great variety of young, old, inexperienced, etc. - it was time to face off. Perhaps the two biggest surprises of the day came from me and Adam. I faced the fantastic sempai Leo again. In my mind I was determined to perform well. I quickly exchang

Seminar - 27th June 2009

Dear WKC members ^^ Most of you know that we will have a grading seminar on 27th June (Saturday from 2pm to 6pm), just 3 weeks before the NZKF seminar. ** Beginners from 2009a are allowed to attend the seminar as well. For Alan sensei will run a Kata session with Bokuto. According to panel, we can grade to 1st Dan. More detail will be issued after Alan sensei get plan back to me. However, Graham (president of NZKF) hopes to encourage people holding 3kyu and above title to make their efforts attend the NZKF seminar's grading. My view, it means people with 3 kyu and above have two options. You can make your own decision then let me know how you think of. A very important thing is: Unless you have work or family commitment, please do attend both seminar. These are very unusual opportunities for you to meet other Kendoka and increase your Kendo experiences. Cheers ...