Chris's reflection on the Kendo's Gruelling Challenge

Watching the video, I was impressed by the dedication of Kendo participants. It is clear Kendo has a formidable learning curve, but one in which height is no advantage, age no barrier. It is all about patience and experience. To be in command of one’s emotion is to open one’s mind, to be in control. Only when the mind, body and sword are united as one can you master your strike.

While it was really sad when Koji died, I was impressed by Kenichi Ishida Sensei, and his dedication to the competition, and desire to succeed for his son’s sake, as much as his own. It made me think, particularly when he reached the written exam, just how much work I have to do.

Kenichi Ishida Sensei and Kai Miyamoto Sensei’s journey’s made me think of my own challenges and weaknesses, and how I want to address them. As an over-weight smoker, I am nothing like the young man I once was, and while I cannot turn back the clock, I hope Kendo will help me clear my mind, and focus on pursuing a path to health, fitness and a more enlightened purpose.

Chris Williams

"With a still mind, the mirror inside you reflects your opponents mind." 

- Moriji Mochida