Jodan as a solution to injured right wrist?
I've been practicing kendo for about 4 years now and currently in my ikkyu level.
Unfortunately, an old injury on my right wrist would come to haunt me every once in a while and prevent me from fully practicing kendo.
Apparently, I damaged the ligaments on my wrist and never let it fully heal.
I've been receiving treatments, but it appears that the progress is very slow. The only alternative I was able to come up with the jodan-no-kamae in order for me to continue practicing kendo.
Would it be reasonable to ask my sensai to see if I can learn the stance given my condition?
I am somewhat worried because I've been told that people usually pick up a difference stance (i.e. jodan or nito) when they reach sandan or higher. Would I sound impertinent or even rude to even ask if I can learn this stance given that I am only in ikkyu?
Thank you for your question. I dont think it is rude to ask your sensei
about you taking jōdan
. I have my student taking nitō
who is ikkyū
but we have a sensei
who can teach nitō
This is my personal view and it is not what is a right or wrong type of a story.
Everyone should learn different stances when they reach certain level. What is certain level? If we have to give
you a specific number, we have to choose 3-dan. But this is because people ask, right?
You should be dedicated to study and also you should have a good sensei
. If you start something different without the solid chūdan
basics and no one to show you, then you will develop bad habits.
I know how you feel because I have many injuries too. If you think you should give your right hand a rest, you should start learning how to strike with the left hand from hidari jōdan
I think it is a good idea.
But as a kendoist, I will give you another advice. Find ways to strike without hurting your right hand from chūdan
My left shoulder still hurts (had a surgery in August, 2010). I suffered from the pain more than 20 years. Still hurts. When I do basics, especially kirikaeshi
, it just hurts. But I found a way to strike kirikaeshi
without feeling much pain; pull back the left shoulder a bit when striking.
I do stop training when I think I should stop, because I do not want to make it worse. But when you have a pain, it is telling you that you should do it in a different way
So find a way so it does not hurt as much. Take it easy. Kendō
is a life time journey so you don't have to be in a hurry.
Hope this helps.