2016 Beginner Class-B Grading
17 September 2016
I wasn't intending to join Kendo club at first, it was really Lilly's request, she had been asking to join since the beginning of the year.
When we came and observed beginners class briefly to see what it was like, I was very impressed by the atmosphere of tradition, kindness and respect.
There was a strong feeling of family, and as visitors we were made to feel very welcome.
So I became excited about joining this group with Lilly.
The greatest benefit I have gained from our short time with Kendo so far has been strengthening the bond between my daughter and I.
Training together as equals, helping each other, and having conversations relating to philosophical aspects of life, inspired by Kendo training have given us a greater sense of mutual respect.
The positive qualities we have been learning from our new Kendo family such as patience, clarity, focus, spirit, humility and kindness have made a positive impact on our personal life at home, and how we relate to each other.
For this I am very grateful.
Its a great start to our Kendo journey!
As soon as my dad had told me about Kendo I was eager to join in.
I had read books and watched cartoons that have inspired me to become a great swordsman.
When me and dad went to look at the Beginners Class-A we were moved by the passion, kindness, and respect the members showed for Kendo and each other, even we were warmly welcomed.
This made me even more eager to learn.
Since I started Kendo all has been great.
I have learnt so much about perseverance, patience, communication, strength, fitness, and much more.
But the things that have most affected me are balance, form, confidence, and even I think I've learnt about myself.
One thing I love about Kendo (and have loved it from the beginning) is the people!
It`s great how everyone treats each other.
As soon as I set foot in the Dojo I feel I feel respected and equal by and with everyone around me and that makes me feel happy to respect them back.
Thank You Sam and everyone at Waikato Kendo Club for welcoming us and all your help and guidance.
15 October 2016
Richard and Lilly.