25 February 2014

NSK's newest member

This is our newest member who arrived recently from Japan. Originally from Niigata Prefecture, he will be training with us from now on. If there are dojo leaders from other clubs interested in securing a similar Japanese kenshi from the "Kendo Skilled Migrant Scheme", drop me a line... :p

22 February 2014

Ozawa sensei's Kendo

Last weekend Ozawa Hiroshi sensei (Kyoshi 8 dan Kendo) gave a lecture at the Kenshikan Dojo. His main theme was to describe his concept of the fundamental approach to Kendo.

A translation of the Japanese in the above picture (click on it to make it bigger):

"Good keiko is maintaining posture that allows you to strike correctly anytime. Use your 5 senses to focus on your opponent's every move and using the 6th sense strike your opponent with 100% commitment."

He then summarised this approach with the words "concentration, decision, courage."

Ozawa sensei said that ideally there is no difference between the kind of Kendo that is successful for keiko, shiai and grading.

He spoke at length about the number of opportunities to strike within a high level grading, and discussed the difference between seme-ai 攻め合い and seme-katsu 攻め勝つ.  These are terms I will write up in more detail on Shugo Nanseikan in the near future.

Ozawa sensei's book, first published in 1997.

7 February 2014

Nittaidai OB visit next week - some new info

Ozawa sensei and I at his dojo in Nakano, Tokyo in 2009.

As I mentioned at training last week we will be hosting a very important group of sensei from Nittadai (National Sports Science University in Tokyo) and elsewhere from next week.

There will be training sessions on:

14 Feb 2014 (Friday) 7:00pm - 8:30pm MBK
16 Feb 2014 (Sunday) 9:30pm – 12:00pm MBK
18 Feb 2014 (Tuesday) 7:00pm – 8:30pm Fudoshin

Shizawa sensei has been a close friend of Australian Kendo for a long time (just check out the photo below!)  Ozawa sensei I have also told you about. the full list of sensei is:

    • Professor Kunio SHIZAWA, Kyoshi 7 Dan, former Head Instructor of Nittaidai kendo club. Will be joined by his wife.
    • Professor Hiroshi OZAWA, Hanshi 8 Dan, Head Instructor of Kobukan Dojo in Nakano, where many Australians train, author of “Kendo: The Definitive Guide”.
    • Mr Morimasa OKADA, Kyoshi 7 Dan, kendo advisor to the Nittaidai mens and womens teams, both of which placed 3rd in last year’s All Japan Student Championships.
    • Ms Hiroko ITOH, Kyoshi 7 Dan, graduated from Nittaidai, also a shodo (calligraphy) sensei.
    • Ms Yoshiko SAKURAI, post graduation, worked as assistant to Shizawa-sensei for 3 years. Currently instructs/lectures at Kanagawa University

    The revised training schedule (open to all kendoka) is as follows:

    14 Feb 2014 (Friday) 6:30pm - 8:00pm at MBK
    16 Feb 2014 (Sunday) 9:30am – 12:00pm at MBK
    18 Feb 2014 (Tuesday) 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Fudoshin

    Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of training. The cost of training will be $10 per person per session, payable on the day.

    WELCOME DINNERThere is a welcome dinner on 14th Feb at 9:00pm.

    Location: Errols Upstairs, 69 - 71 Errol Street, North Melbourne, opposite the old Town HallCost: $42 per head, for entrée and main course with drinks purchasable from the bar.

    RSVPs are a must if you want to attend. To RSVP, send an email direct to me (secretary@kendovictoria.asn.au) by Tuesday 11th February.

    Non-advised "no-shows" will incur a $42 charge to be collected via your club.
There will be a fee of $10.00 for these trainings to help cover costs.

Shizawa sensei (centre, seated); BBQ at Nagae sensei's house in Pascoe Vale, 1981. Who's the hairy guy in the back row???