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Jun 15, 2016
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In reply to Juan Pablo
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Congratulations on your 1st anniversary in kendo! And I am glad to hear that my videos helped you :)

Yeah, "do" is kind of an easy target especially when your opponent is a beginner.

Nothing wrong is striking "do" but if you strike "do" because it is easy to strike your opponent, then you should stop.

You don't need to practice if you can already strike.

Plus if you cannot tell how your posture is doing when striking "do", you might develop bad habits :)

Keep up the good work!

Jun 15, 2016
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by: Juan Pablo

Hi Sensei,

I've applied your advice, and all I can say is I'm getting a better feeling out of jigeiko. At least I know what I'm doing, or what I'm trying to do. I've even connected a few good men strikes.

The only comment I have to do is this: As I'm striking 90% men, I realized I strike much more efficiently do, as my opponents don't really expect me striking do...Although I'm not sure at all about my posture!

Today I also realized it's been a year since I started kendo, your basic training videos helped me a lot during the first week before I started!!

Thanks a lot,

Juan.

May 09, 2016
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In reply to Juan Pablo
by: Kendo-Guide.Com

Different people have different approaches and that is why kendo is challenging and fun :)

Please let us know how you do in your next training. The important thing is to keep doing it!

We, kendo practitioners, have to keep doing the same thing over and over even after we accomplish them. :) That is why kendo training never ends :)

Let's have a fun!

May 09, 2016
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by: Juan Pablo

Sensei, thanks a lot for your quick answer.
I'll try to focus in these concepts next time I'm in jigeiko, and get out of the cloud I usually get into.

Also it's a bit difficult because different senpais have different approaches of their own at the moment of jigeiko with beginners, some are more didactic than others, let's say.

I didn't have a chance to put this in practice yet because after your reply, we had a bokuto class on wednesday and today with bogu but no jigeiko. I guess next wednesday I'll have a chance.

By the way, I hope you can solve your back problems soon, I can't imagine how bad it must be for you not being able to train.

Thanks again.
Regards,

Juan Pablo

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