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September grading details
grading at Kenshikan when it had the old floor
Upcoming grading dates below.
If you are grading please make sure you take either your own, or club bogu with you.
6th kyu will only need to wear do and tare. 5th kyu and above wears full bogu.
If you are grading please take full bogu and tenugui! (shinai as well, of course!) It sometimes happens that people get asked to double grade, in which case you need to have everything there just in case.
Grading for 6th Kyu - 2 Kyu:
Date: September 8, 2013
Time: 12.30 registration for 1 pm start
Location: Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn Street West Melbourne VICTORIA 3003
Grading for 1st Kyu- 3 or 4 Dan:
Date: September 22, 2013
Time:12.30 registration for 1 pm start Location: Kenshikan Dojo, 91 Rosslyn Street West Melbourne VICTORIA 3003
Grading fees are $35 for kyu grades, payable after you pass. The VKR will invoice me after the grading and I will collect fees then.
The grading will take 2 - 3 hours depending on how many people are grading. Please plan to stay there until the end so you can be on hand to hear the results, which are only announced once the whole grading has finished.
6th kyu will be the first group to grade, 2nd kyu the last. 6th kyu is nearly always the biggest group, with the numbers in each group getting smaller the higher they go.
Stay to watch the group grading after you, so that you can see what you have to aim for next.
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