We had our 1st 2017 keiko on Saturday 7 January.
A warm welcome to Walter from London and Minh Ha from Paris.
Also, welcome Jason moving from Otago to Hamilton and
Colin picking up shinai again!
It is really a special keiko to see such old and new faces!
Walter led a waza practice on debana kote.
Waza practice on debana kote
When Walter was introducing himself to the Waikato kohai,
Sam was surprised to hear that Walter started his Kendo here "fifteen" year ago!
It was then confirmed from a simple math: 2017-2002 = 15!
It is great to see Walter's dedication in Kendo, both a cornerstone in the NZ Team since 2006 and a recent achievement in Godan (5th Dan). Wish him and Minh Ha have a great time in NZ and a safe trip back to Europe!
Some more photos are here.
History on the Day
Our 1st Kendo in 2016 (9 January).
Best wishes to Felix, Claire and Zhefu
who have finished their study and returned to China to start a new page in their life.
Best wishes to Killian for his study at Waikato University and his journey in Karate.
Our 1st Kendo in 2015 (10 January).
For all the Waikato Kendoka,
Let's keep us well, study hard, work hard, training hard, play hard
and have a wonderful 2017 together!