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Auckland Kendo Club Invitational seminar February 2015

Auckland Kendo Club Invitational seminar February 2015



On the weekend of 21-22 February 2015 the AKC will once again have a visiting delegation from the Shizuoka Kendo Federation who will assist us in our annual invitation seminar.

We have already had confirmation from several of last year’s delegation and are awaiting details of other various senseis who will attend. In the meantime you may wish to put this date in your diary now and make early bird bookings etc.


We will send out a complete information pack as usual closer to the time when we have all the details confirmed from the Japan end. Graham Sayer sensei is liaising with the Shizuoka Kendo Renmei to ascertain exact numbers and dan levels but at this stage it is likely we can grade up to at least 4th Dan.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Kind regards
Ken Wells


PS A very merry Xmas to you all!!!

Seme and Footwork

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Text forwarded from Marleen's Facebook:
Sato Sensei, Kitamoto 2014 
Utsunomiya sensei & Sakimoto San, Tokyo 2014 

I asked Sato sensei after Farewell Party @ Kitamoto Camp a question about Seme. I said, "Sensei, is there anyway we could train to make stronger Seme?" Sato snesei gently held my hand and told me,  "NO. strong Seme comes from good Suri-ashi".
One day later, I had the honor to obtain Mutsumi Utsunomiya sensei's instruction. He showed me how it works. Since then, footwork means more to me.

我在北本外國劍道指導者夏令營最後一個晚上,問了佐藤老師一個盤據在我心裡很久的問題。我問:「老師,有什麼方法可以訓練出很強的『攻』?」老師溫和地拉起我的右手拍一拍並說: 「沒有這樣的方法。在劍道裡有效的『攻』來自於腳步...  放鬆妳的手跟肩膀,練習腳步是唯一的方法」
二天之後,我有幸可以得到宇都宮老師的指導練習。他充分展示了如何運用腳步進的攻法。 從此,「腳步」對於我有了全新的意義。

Some following conversation on Facebook ...

Utsunomiya 
Important point is not breaking down kamae, any time.
But in fact, it is very difficult.
 · 5 October at 22:14


Marleen
Dear sensei, I couldn't agree with you any more about "not breaking down kamae any time". 
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Cerebrating our new Kyu grades!

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Welcome to our 2014 Beginners 




Grading result on 2014-August-09

1st Kyu Gavin Cheng Claire van der Goes
4th Kyu Yizhou Dai
5th Kyu Irfan Sazali Gunn Kim Teng Lu
6th Kyu Yang Xue Wen Huating Zhu Simon Young


7th Kyu Antony Cheng Fae Ferguson
8th Kyu Spyke Lawrey Suki Dai Yuuki Li Shawn Xu


Congratulations to all of you and remember to keep training hard,  the next grading has just started! 

Back to Kendo in 2014

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Saturday 18 January 2014
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On behalf of Waikato Dojo, I would like to welcome you back from Xmas and New Year holidays!

Here are some general guidelines and plans from me for our members:

For Kyu-grade members, executing strikes with ki-ken-tai-itchi is the main focus at this stage. Perform the kihon-datotsu (basic strikes) correctly. We will have a lot of training on kiai-seme-Men, Kote-Men, and kiri-kaeshi. It is important to focus on your own techniques rather than whether you can hit on your opponents. 

Be patient on this stage and there is no need to rush to move on to next stage. This stage is to build your foundation and you will find the long term benefit yourself!

Another important issues for kyu-grade members is about purchasing your own Kendo-gu (the kendo-armour, or Bogu). Once you decide you want to pick up Kendo, you are encouraged to prepare your own Kendo-gu. Renting bogu from club is just temporary or when you are not sure whether you want to pick up Kendo. 

For Sho-Dan and…