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Clement: Notes from the NZ Squad Training in Christchurch, 2011

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The New Zealand National Team training in Christchurch's brand new dojo.  Team NZ is hard in training for the WKC in Novara. Photo taken and shared by:Kendo World
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Hi all, so some recap from the lessons Awa and I learned at the NZ team training. Keep in mind that this is mainly for winning in shiai and that there is a difference between that and "grading" kendo.

- Dramatise your cuts - Regardless if you really hit or not, got to convince judge that you scored the ippon. If judge gives you ippon, take it.

- Change the rhythm of your cuts - Don't always stick to your same fighting style, change it up if it doesn't work.

- Keep the winning attitude, take what you get - It's war, you fight to win. If you hold ippon, keep it. One ippon is enough to win the match.

- Shiai line should be your friend - fight from centre out and don't have your back to the line. When opponent near line, taiatari + cut to ensure no hansoku.

- For seme, hold for one breath, breath in q…