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Osaka Fudai visit
Here is the Victorian State Kendo squad versus members of the Osaka Fudai team starting their friendly team shiai last Saturday at the North Melbourne Sports Centre in Arden St.
Members of the VKR and Osaka Fudai delegation pose for a photo after training at the first dojo and before training at the second dojo (a.k.a. the Great Northern Hotel in Rathdowne St)
Last Thursday's giant training at MUKEN with close to 150 people; 50 of those being MUKEN's new beginners' course members. You can see the Osaka Fudai students' men all lined up on the left with matching tenugui.
Special thanks to MUKEN's Sugimoto sensei who did the lion's share of the organising and chaperoning. Thanks to him the visit was a great success, and all Victorian Kenshi now have a welcome extended to them whenever they are in Osaka.
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