24 August 2013

September grading details

grading at Kenshikan when it had the old floor

Upcoming grading dates below. 

If you are grading please make sure you take either your own, or club bogu with you. 
6th kyu will only need to wear do and tare. 5th kyu and above wears full bogu.
If you are grading please take full bogu and tenugui! (shinai as well, of course!) It sometimes happens that people get asked to double grade, in which case you need to have everything there just in case.

Grading for 6th Kyu - 2 Kyu:
Date: September 8, 2013
Time: 12.30 registration for 1 pm start
Location:  Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn Street West Melbourne VICTORIA 3003

Grading for 1st Kyu
 - 3 or 4 Dan:
 Date: September 22, 2013
Time: 12.30 registration for 1 pm start
Location:  Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn Street West Melbourne VICTORIA 3003

Grading fees are $35 for kyu grades, payable after you pass. The VKR will invoice me after the grading  and I will collect fees then.

The grading will take 2 - 3 hours depending on how many people are grading. Please plan to stay there until the end so you can be on hand to hear the results, which are only announced once the whole grading has finished.

6th kyu will be the first group to grade, 2nd kyu the last. 6th kyu is nearly always the biggest group, with the numbers in each group getting smaller the higher they go.

Stay to watch the group grading after you, so that you can see what you have to aim for next.

4 August 2013

Welcome back to training - term 3, 2013 - dreaming of Japan!

looking at Osaka Castle, from the roof of Otemae HS, 2009

Yes, part of my mind is in Japan right now. Training for and planning my trip in November is well underway. In the meantime though, normal life goes on...

Firstly, please bring your bokuto to training for the next few weeks, as we will be practicing the bokuo kihon with the beginners, who start next week.


from this year's kangeiko

Kenji Sugimoto from MUKEN passed his 5th dan grading at the Kendo Leaders' Summer Camp in Kitamoto, Saitama Prefecture. Pics of last year's camp can be seen here. Well done Kenji! You finally get to sit on the other side of the dojo. Kenji is a much better kenshi that I was when I passed 5th dan. I think he'll easily pass 6th dan when he's eligible.

Here is an old diagram I made to show what height to raise the shinai for the backswing of a cut. Both are considered a large swing. There's no need to lift the sword any higher or further back.

Recently at training I've talked about certain concepts that are quite interesting perhaps but also might require more consideration. I'll list some links to where I've written about these ideas already on Shugo-Nanseikan.

Muscle-memory and cutting accurately
There is an article here about the practice we did last week on cutting with our eyes closed:

The progression of Kihon
The last two weeks at training I've spoken about how important it is to focus on the different aspects of basics (kihon) throughout training. As technical drills get more dynamic, the things you have to focus on change. You can't work on everything all the time!

Image training
You can also work on your Kendo when you're sitting still. Yesterday I spoke about how most Japanese learnt Kendo with little explicit instruction on techniques. This article goes into more detail about that kind of training.

Dojo Captain's commands
And lastly, here is a post on how to run warm-ups (taiso), suburi, and rei & mokuso.

Lastly, I found this pic of me and Hashimoto sensei when he came to Melbourne to train. Kenji had the awesome idea of a custom numberplate for his Hummer. Remember to keep an eye on his performance in this year's All Japan Championships on the first weekend in November. It could be his year...