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Updates from Ben, Tübingen Kendo 2013

- 13 July 2013 -

Hello Sam and Marleen,

another semester's beginners course has come to an end, and I want to write to you and let you know how it went.

Up until now our beginners course has been done in an 'everyone for themselves' style: you needed to buy your things yourself (and people often bought the wrong things), no one really talked to you, there were no emails or get-togethers. Normally only 2 to 3 people stayed, and sometimes none.

This semester (my second time as trainer, this time alone) I tried to do things like how I remember them from my time at Waikato: I made lists, wrote emails, provided lots of information, organised and ordered all the materials (shinai, gi+hakama etc.), and generally tried to be very professional.

I also concentrated more on doing the training with kindness and humour, instead of only concentrating on the kendo, keeping in mind that kendo is hard at the beginning (and middle and end!) and that the impo…

Update from Ben in Tübingen 2012

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It's always nice and warm to know your updates. Please keep in touch, All Waikato members, no matter where you are! 

 - 8 November 2012 -

Hello Sam and Marleen 
Do you remember me, a tall guy who started Kendo in your dojo? I've been training in Tübingen the last year, and now I am teaching the beginners course.  I try to remember everything you taught me, and I try to be as nice to the beginners as you were to us. Here is a little video from the 3rd training we have had. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q82rQT7bDOI
Lots of loveBen