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暑中稽古 Shochugeiko 2014 - Saturday 13 December

Our last training for the year will be on Saturday 13 Dec. Training starts at 8.30am and goes until 5pm. There is no extra cost for current Nanseikan members. VKR/AKR members are $20. Concession $15. After 3pm (jigeiko only) $5. BYO lunch, other refreshments provided.

Mo ikkai, zannen!

Well I was unsuccessful in my third attempt at sixth dan. But along the way I have learned a great deal and so I am looking forward to my next attempt. When that will be is another matter... Here are a few pictures from the trip.

News and upcoming events for the end of 2014

This is where I'll be on the 25th. Interruptions Training will be taken by our senior students over the next two Saturdays (15/11, 22/11). Remember that Saturday 29/11 there will be no training due to the Victorian State Elections. Mumeishi 3s Competition Saturday December 6 th 2014 Beaconhills College Human Movement Centre 30-34 Toomuc Valley Road Pakenham, Victoria 3810 Melways Ref: 317 A4 All Kendo Clubs affiliated to the Australian Kendo Renmei are invited to compete in this year's  Mumeishi Three's Kendo Club Championships. Doors open for registration/warm-up 8:30am.  Opening ceremony will commence at 9:30am. First match will commence at 10:00am Clubs may register two teams (A and B). Competitors are to be registered on the separate registration form. Teams are to be comprised of 3 kendoka with at least 1 kyu grade per team. Cost of entry is $40 per team payable at the door on the day. Please see Sean if interested

Term 4 starts next week

click on this picture of a dragon fly to see it even bigger. Dragonflies are called either tonbo or katsumushi and are a favourite symbol of Japanese swordsmen throughout history Term 4 starts next Saturday 11 October. We will train until 13 December. The Victorian State Elections are currently scheduled for 29 November , which means on that day there will be no training as the hall will be used as a polling booth. Also, I will be in Japan from 15/11 to 29/11 so I will miss three trainings (15/11, 22/11 and 29/11). In that case I will nominate one or more of the senior students to open and close the the dojo, and to run training. Saturday 13 December will be our annual shochugeiko ; our all-day summer training and farewell to 2014. It will go from 9am until 5pm.

Back to the Kenshikan next week

After being back at home today, Nanseikan will once again relocate to the Kenshikan next Saturday 13 Sept. Training time will be a little different to usual. Kendo will take place from 9.00am until 10.00am or thereabouts. This will be with students attending the 2nd annual Interhigh Gasshuku as well as other VKR kenshi. Then there will be an introduction to Naginata from 10.30am until 12.30pm which Nanseikan members are welcome to join. So if you can stay a bit longer you get to try a 'new' martial art! The following week, Sat 20 September will be our last training for term 3. Term 4 training starts on 11 October.

Nanseikan training relocating and bye

Three things will be interrupting our usual training in the coming weeks. Beginners especially, please take note! The first thing:   Because of St Pius X Primary School's 60th anniversary preparations, we will be training at the Kenshikan on Saturday 23rd August for one week only. The Kenshikan is located at 91-99 Rosslyn St West Melbourne . This means that if you need to borrow bogu, to take it home with you after this Saturday's training. Training will be from 9am til 11am as usual. Please make sure you get there with time to get ready so we start on time at 9am sharp. The Naginata group has kindly moved back their training to 11am instead of their usual 10.30am start to accommodate us and let you sleep in a little longer! The second thing:   Following the week where we train at the Kenshikan, the Victorian Kendo Championships will take place on both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August . For this weekend there will be no NSK training. However all NSK members not c

Kiriotoshi by Takizawa sensei — repost

As mentioned at training today.

new name for 'Nanseikan kirikaeshi'/deadline for entry to Victorian Kendo Championships

Everyone who has been training recently knows that we have a new format for kirikaeshi at Nanseikan. For those who haven't been at training, it goes like this: men cut following through past the motodachi men cut following through past the motodachi back the other way men cut follwing through but motodachi retreats to maintain distance nine times sayu-men (four forwards and five backwards) men cut following though past the motodachi The great advantage of this format is we can practice kiri-kaeshi and kihon at the same time. However... Our members still need to know how to do 'standard' kirikaeshi for the purpose of gradings. So in order to distinguish between 'standard' and 'Nanseikan kirikaeshi', from now on we will refer to Nanseikan kirikaeshi as: kihon uchikaeshi This reflects the fact that we can change the format of this kirikaeshi to have kote or do instead of men . When performing kihon uchikaeshi, we will start by using the

James' hitting dummy design - a do it yourself kendo uchikomidai

One of the most popular search terms that leads people to this blog is "hitting dummy" or "how to make a hitting dummy". James has sent through pictures of one he made himself, simply by putting a men onto a free-standing punching bag. A great solution! Adjustable height, heavy base. Everything you need really. And much cheaper than a 'real' one like Bob. Thanks for the idea James. I'm going to be checking my stats regularly to see how many hits this idea gets!

2014 Victorian Kendo Championships - details

This year I think it is time we entered individuals and perhaps also a team into the VKC. We will also be expected to supply volunteers to help out with the running of the event. So below are the details of the event for your reference. We will discuss this at training over the next couple of weeks before the next beginners' course starts. We will also focus on shiai reiho and strategy. Please consider your availability for both competition and also helping out. Victorian Kendo Championships 2014 30 – 31 August, 2013 Venue: Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Ballarat Road Court 1, Level 1, Footscray Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre (Building L) Time :          Registration 8:00AM ~ 9:00AM Competition: 9:00AM ~ 5:00PM Events: Day 1 – Saturday, 30 August 2014 1.      Women’s kyu individuals 2.      Men’s kyu individuals 3.      Veterans individuals 4.      Women’s dan individuals 5.      Men’s dan individuals D