Term 4 news (training starts 13 Oct)
In Kendo, the gap between each grade gets bigger the higher you go, so it's no shame to fail. Whether you pass or fail, each grading offers a unique chance to learn more about your Kendo.
Congratulations also to Eric, who passed his 2 kyu. While not a Nanseikan member per se, Eric has become a familiar face at Nanseikan through his consistent attendance on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. Well done Eric!
Komeda sensei seminar
There will be a seminar at the Shubukan Dojo outside of Sydney on the 13 and 14th October. The seminar is $85.00 plus $110 for accommodation and meals at the dojo. I've never been there but the photos show it to be an amazing place. Bookings must be complete by 10 October. Click here for registration.
Komeda Toshiro sensei is the instructor at Kyushu Gakuin, one of the top three strongest high schools in Japan for Kendo. Check out their competitive style here. The focus of the weekend will be shiai. I wish I could go so that I could meet and observe such an esteemed teacer of high school Kendo!
Ballarat Goldfields Taikai
The now annual Goldfields Taikai will be running on Saturday 10 November at Eastwood Leisure Centre, Ballarat (same venue as this year's kangeiko). It is an interesting format: only 12 entrants in the kyu grade and 24 in the dan grade, mixed gender, with the winner of kyu grade gaining a place in the dan grade competition. It's a knock-out format, so you have to win! Entries close 1st November and costs $15. Contact: ballaratkendoclub at gmail.
Victorian Junior Kendo Taikai
Save the date! Sunday 2 December, from 12.30pm, at the Kenshikan
All day, Saturday 15 December. Location TBA!