25 January 2014

Training for 2014 starts next week



Just a reminder that we start back next Saturday 1st February. There will be normal training for the first three weeks, then our first beginners' course will start on 22 Feb.

The first few weeks we will look at kata in the first half of training, so please remember your bokuto.

Also, there are number of you who are not yet VKR members, especially those of you from the second beginners' course last year. If this is the case for you, please see me about becoming a member asap. First-time members joining at the beginning of the year are eligible for half year introductory membership to 30 June. Please see me about this at training.

Lastly, we will soon be welcoming a new sensei to the club. I can't give away too much yet, other than to say he's a relative of someone I've been learning from for a long time, and that he has very steadfast Kendo.


21 January 2014

Chiba sensei c. 2001


Chiba sensei at the Kenshikan, giving some advice to a student after keiko. You can see he is most likely explaining something to do with tenouchi.

Click on the picture for a larger size image.

17 January 2014

Mazkiya 松紀屋 — online Kendo shop in US


I received quick service from these guys. They carry some things that other Kendo sites don't, like a really wide range of beautiful equipment bags, as well as cotton tabi. Some of their items are newly listed, so I get the feeling that they are currently expanding their range.

Please consider them next time you are thinking of purchasing Kendo equipment.

http://www.mazkiya.net/catalog/


12 January 2014

Happy New Year; Grading dates for 2014

Akemashite omedetougozaimasu!

Some of this year's date have now been entered here. Specifically the dates for kyu gradings are:

Sunday 9 March and Sunday 14 September.

Please put these dates in your diary and make it a focus of your training to reach the next grade.

We should also enter this year's competitions, such as the MUKEN Taikai (May), Otsuka Memorial Cup (July) and the Mumeishi 3's (December).

I hope we all have great year of training and success in Kendo this year.