Dojo training has restarted with COVID restrictions in place. Training times for 2021 are Saturdays 9am to 11am, Wednesdays 6.30pm to 8pm. Beginners' course starts 27 Feb, 9am to 10am. If you feel unwell, don't come to training!
Tomorrow and Wednesday's trainings cancelled due to snap lockdown announced this afternoon
Stay safe everyone and hopefully see you all next week!
Under the stage four lockdown restrictions to come into force at midnight tonight there will only be four reasons for Victorians to leave home: shopping for essential items, essential work, permitted education that cannot be done from home and exercise for up to two hours a day with people from your household.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has just listed some other restrictions:
You must stay within 5km of your home other than for permitted work
Masks are mandatory everywhere in Victoria
No visitors to anyone’s home
Public gatherings not permitted at all
Schools will close but will remain open for vulnerable children or children of essential workers
Religious gatherings and ceremonies are not permitted.
Funerals can involve no more than 10 people.
Hospitality will move to take away only
Child care and early childhood centres will remain open.
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