As Victoria comes out of lockdown, in-person training will resume with some changes. 6 February is the tentative start date for regular training in 2021, with 27 February as the start of the next beginners' course. Please check in with this website regularly for updates.
Keiichi Hashimoto visit / Hungarian kenshi's hansoku for throwing
Hashimoto-s. on left
Keichi Hashimoto (Renshi 6 dan) will be visiting Melbourne for four days next weekend. Here is his training itinerary:
Friday 3rd May - VKR Friday night keiko (7:00pm warm up, 7:30pm start keiko)
Saturday 4th May - Open training at Kenshikan Dojo (2:00pm - 4:00pm)
Sunday 5th May - MBK training at Kenshikan Dojo (9:30am - 11:30am)
After doing a little Google jutsu, I also found his Twitter account, his competitor profile on the All Japan Kendo Federation website, and an interview where he shows off his Hummer and talks about starting Kendo in kindergarten (!) and how his other passion is music. He apparently had a band and for a while considered giving up Kendo to focus on music.
All bogu-wearing kenshi are welcome to join in training with him. Even newer members could benefit from watching him in action.
Hungarian hansoku from this year's European Kendo Championships
It looks like the video keeps getting deleted. First it was on Youtube, then it got made private. Then it popped up on Vimeo, and now that one's been deleted. However a Belgian blogger very presciently took screenshots of the video before it was taken down.
The match was Hungary versus Switzerland. The Swiss player has the abbreviation "CHE" on his tare, which is the three letter code for Switzerland, like AUS is for Australia. It stands for "Conferatio Helvetica".
There is a lengthy discussion on Kendo World about this legality of this action and people's reactions/opinions of it. Geoff Salmon sensei, who was a shinpan at those championships but who didn't see it himself because he was busy with another match, discusses his thoughts here. He also makes reference to the same "You Asked For It" video from the 1950s which I was telling some of you about yesterday after training. It includes numerous attempts at ashibarai or foot-sweeps. Watch out for when they try and hook their leg around their opponent's. The presenter's style is hilarious.
If any of you are good with your hands (or your mum or dad is!), you might like to try making this kendo dummy. I haven't made one but it looks good and the detailed plans are free to download. http://www.bestkendo.com/HowtoDummy.html b
Some more holiday reading, this time about something that I hope everyone will be doing and thinking about regularly while they are not in the dojo – suburi! This research is by a group of researchers from Keio University in Japan, led by two 7-dan kendo sensei. They looked at the best position to swing back to, and also the best position to stop the cut, whilst doing men suburi. Click here to read the article. b *Thanks to www.miamivalleykendo.org for the article
Here are some interesting tenugui designs. Not all of these are kendo tenugui, some were souvneirs of a particular place like we have souvenir tea-towels. This is definitely a kendo tenugui. It reads from right to left and says "sword heart/mind, bright way" meaning, I think that to develop a sharp mind like a sword makes your path in life clear and bright. I think this is beautiful shuji (calligraphy). This one was a souvenir from the famous Buddhist temple "Ryoanji" in Kyoto. The design depicts the reason the temple is so famous, its stone garden. This is the club tenugui of the Ryujokan dojo in Kumamoto. It was produced as a limited edition for the 1992 Australian Kendo Championships in Melbourne. It is based on the Ryujokan joseki, the character "ken" with a long 'tail'. Here it is sideways. This tenugui is a souvenir of Kagoshima in southern Kyushu. It has two of Kagoshima's most famous sons: Okubo Toshimichi and Takamori Saigo. Bo