What people were thinking during those 500 basics.
Today's kangeiko was the third Nanseikan has hosted and it was a great success. Kendoka from three clubs were represented, braving a 1 degree Celsius morning to practice kendo under the theme 百錬自得 or practice it 'til it becomes yours.
With that in mind we notched up 100 repetitions each of kihon men, kote and do, as well as harai kote and debana men. All in all 500 repetitions taking about 2.5 hours to complete. The day was rounded out with jigeiko and shiai. We also looked at kata number 7 in depth, helping many to get across that difficult ori-shiki do footwork.
Afterwards we had some nice Malaysian take away and some of the parent had chance to meet and have a chat. It was a long day, starting at 8.30am and finishing about the same time in the evening.
On my way to the dojo I saw the first plum blossom had come out. Already! So I picked some and we decorated the dojo with it.
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