News for term 4 - training schedule for term 4 MUKEN Zoom seminar; Tomoko's shop; Instagram; fun stuff
Training for term 4
We will continue to have kata training 5.30 to 6pm Tuesday night and more general training 10am to 11am Saturday via Zoom. We will continue this schedule until there is a change in regulations around public gatherings.
When we come out of strict lockdown (no travel restrictions), it is likely the first opportunity to train together will be outdoors and with distancing. In this event we can consider meeting either at a park centrally or at different parks each week. I imagine that we will train in 'civvies' (normal clothes) and do solo movements: suburi and taiso only.
When this happens we will discuss as a club what the best time and duration is for training, and what is the best mix of online and in-person training.
As the situation improves, we can work towards more close-quarters training, eventually with the aim of returning to the dojo and practising one-on-one in full armour. Even then it is very likely that the following conditions would remain well into 2021:
- face masks + shields
- no kiai
- limited numbers in the dojo
- limited training time
- coming dressed to the dojo and bringing all equipment: no getting changed in the dojo or using the armour room
- subject to the availability of St Pius X Hall
Gwanju City Kendo senseis seminar
|Jeong Dong-Jin sensei, (K8 dan) |
here with his trophy for 3rd place,
2019 Korean 8th dan
Yano sensei lecture on the technical elements of Kendo
As well as the Korean sensei, Yano sensei from Kenshikan (and also current national team coach) gave a lecture on the fundamentals of achieving yuko datotsu or a valid scoring point. Many of us know the basics, but Yano sensei's presentation delved into the minutiae, both physical and mental, of the all steps from facing your opponent in kamae through to zanshin. He made the point that the most important aspects of this process cannot be understood by theory. In the meantime however, while we cannot practice together, theory can help us imagine better what good Kendo looks like.
We can perhaps make a special time to go through this presentation for those who missed it. I will talk about this more at training.
Nanseikan and social media
I have made the personal decision to cease using Facebook-owned social media. This means that Nanseikan's Instagram account is in limbo. All the posts are still visible but the account is not being monitored. If any club member or members wish to take over the admin of this account for the purposes of promoting and recording club activities, please let me know.
Tomoko Fujiie's new shop
As you know, Tomoko san started making shinai and sword bags last year. Now she has an eBay shop and a lot of new items for sale. I recently bought a number of things from her: this shinai bag and sword bag, and this shoulder bag, as well as two other bags. They are all beautifully made. Highly recommended!
Fun and informative videos
Thanks to Ben for this one. Who knew New York Film Academy had their own Kendo club? Makes sense I suppose... :)