28 February 2016

Grading dates and times, March 2016 — plus lots and lots of useful links!






















front entrance of the Kenshikan in West Melbourne


It's grading time again. Below is the relevant info.

Kendo 6 Kyu - 2 Kyu Grading
  • When: Sunday 6 March 12:30pm registrations, 1pm start
  • Where: Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne

Kendo 1 Kyu - 3 Dan Grading
  • When: Sunday 20 March 12:30pm registrations, 1pm start
  • Where: Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne

For Nanseikan's approach to gradings (and competition), please read this.

To apply for grading, just speak to me at training and I submit your application. Fees are paid after the grading is completed and the VKR sends an invoice.

Dan grading questions, and the form on which they need to be submitted can be downloaded by clicking this link to Google drive.

For a description of what it feels like to go for the different grades, see this older article from Shugo-Nanseikan.

For the actual technical descriptions of requirements of 6th kyu to 2nd kyu, see this extract from the AKR Manual of Documents below:

2.3.5 6 kyu Technical Requirements
Kihon-waza to be executed with Motodachi, candidates wearing Tare and Do.
• Correct Hakama & Keikogi
• Correct Bogu
• Rei and Sonkyo
• Ashi-sabaki
• Kihon Men
• Kihon Kote
• Kihon Do

2.3.6 5 kyu Grading Technical Requirements
Kihon-waza to be executed with Motodachi, candidates wearing Tare and Do.
• Correct Hakama & Keikogi
• Correct Bogu
• Rei and Sonkyo
• Ashi-sabaki
• Kihon Men
• Kihon Kote
• Kihon Do
• Kiri-Kaeshi

2.3.7 4 kyu Grading Technical Requirements
Candidates wearing full Bogu and demonstrating against each other.
• Correct Hakama & Keikogi
• Correct Bogu
• Kihon Men
• Kihon Kote
• Kihon Do
• Nidan-waza
• Kihon Kote-Men
• Kihon Kote-Do
• Kiri-Kaeshi
• Kiri-Kaeshi as Uchidachi

2.3.8 3 kyu Grading Technical Requirements
Candidates wearing full Bogu and demonstrating against each other.
• Correct Hakama & Keikogi
• Correct Bogu
• Kihon Men
• Kihon Kote
• Kihon Do
• Nidan-waza
• Sandan-waza
• Kiri-Kaeshi
• Kiri-Kaeshi as Motodachi
• Uchi-komi Geiko

2.3.9 2 kyu Grading Technical Requirements
• Kiri-Kaeshi
• Kiri-Kaeshi as Motodachi
• Jitsugi* 

(*Jitsugi is similar to shiai but with a "both/and" outcome, not an "either/or" outcome. In other words it is possible for both candidates in jitsugi to pass, whereas it is impossible for both competitors in shiai to win.)






25 February 2016

2016 Beginners' Handbook - download it from Google docs now




















not the actual cover!


I have just spent a little time updating the Beginners' Handbook. If you have just started the beginners' course, please take a moment to print yourself a copy.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/18z5KYMuwsLMvyCd2GNWboSMw-iv-bTnZSmzK4Y2IcLk/edit?usp=sharing

The purpose of the book is to cover just the basic procedures so that you can more quickly remember what you need to do and how you need to do it when you are in the dojo. It's not a handbook of techniques per se.

The things it covers are:

  • Pronunciation of Japanese words
  • The Dojo
  • correct attire and safety
  • how to kneel down into seiza and stand up again correctly
  • etiquette procedures
  • how to hold the sword
  • basic stances
  • basic footwork patterns
  • basic Japanese terms used in Kendo and their meanings
  • what constitutes a valid strike in Kendo (yuko datotsu)



Ozawa/Okada visit 2016

















From last week's visit by Ozawa sensei and Okada sensei. This was the Tuesday night training at Fudoshin Kendo Club.

As I mentioned at training, we have more opportunities to train with high level sensei in Australia than most people do in Japan. The majority of Japanese kenshi rarely get to train with 8th dan sensei. So please consider making time to join in next time someone like Ozawa sensei comes to visit.

And remember as Okada-s. said, if you want to improve your basics, just spend an hour a day doing hayasuburi!