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Kendo beyond the boundaries of dojo

I would love to share a Kendo reflection from the Hundred Suburi Club written by one of our Beginners who just got her Bogu sending from Japan and is going to have her first training with Bogu on this Saturday. 

I am touched by seeing how much thoughts that she has put on linking Kendo and her everyday life and personal development. 

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05.05 300 suburi done. 

There is definitely quite a difference to do suburi with and without the kote! Getting used to it with practice and patience! It felt like I have become familiar with suburi at the level of “no bogu kendo” but once I entered the next level everything is slightly different and new and it’s a whole new training. (Which is great!) 

I also have two additional comments from today: 

1) Like what says in the posted drawing “劍即人生” aka “kendo is life” - I get to apply and reflect many kendo concepts in my daily life. Even small things like reminding myself to put the lid back on the laundry liquid or tidy up an area after use is based on zanshin. And these moments actually make me feel really happy - I felt I was not alone because I can always think about kendo and it definitely goes beyond the boundaries of dojo! 

2) “success” is a delusional terminology. I think “success” is not measured by success. Sometimes it is found in failures too. And failure is not always just a “failure”, it is often the beginning of a new “success”. I wanted to remind myself that “being perfect” to other people’s eyes esp in the field of kendo training is not the right mindset. This state of consciousness is often a reflection of either too much or too little self confidence. But either success or failure measured by your own standards or others, they are all part of the journey. 

Be strong and train your mind to have a bigger perspective to become a better kendoist. Make the intention pure and focused and don’t mind others.


Unknown said…
That was brilliant.

Kendo reaches people in different ways and we all have goals and desires to succeed in life and to be a better person in our daily lives as well as at the Dojo.
What I've discovered over the many years of training in Kendo is that "What ever you put into Kendo or your daily being, you will reep that reward", nothing comes easy but the path of being a good Kenshi will always be there, some get there quicker than others but the path is the same for everyone.

Thank you for sharing your insight and I wish you well for now and the time to come.
Best regards from Nova Scotia, Canada.

Michael Robertson.
Sam Tsai said…
Thanks for the comments. We appreciate that!

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