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Mar 01, 2018
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In reply to Afterword
by: Kendo-Guide.Com

Great! Don't be a stranger to come here and ask questions! Good luck!

Feb 10, 2018
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Afterword
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your advice, sensei. I followed the suggestions mentioned and I was able to get the right to wear bogu.

It's now a different journey from here and I'm trying to cope doing kiais and executing my strikes.

Dec 23, 2017
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In reply to MarkPeter Jorsell
by: Kendo-Guide.Com

Thank you! You are so right.

Dec 21, 2017
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My thoughts of a senpai
by: Peter Jorsell

Well to be a senpai in my own perspective doesn't mean by definition that I have to be it or will be superior to my kohai. It’s more of responsibility to be a senpai and work for the greater good of the dojo/ club and to be a support for sensei.

I’m just happy for the kohai if they’ve surpassed me already. I know I have experience that I can pass on even IF there ability is greater than my own. I see myself a role model but not for my ability in kendo.

Thank you

Dec 19, 2017
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Practice
by: Anonymous

A very cool post and kudos to the man asking honest questions!

I’d like to comment based on what I seen of my now 7 year old son, who’s done Kendo for 2 years.

My son struggled in school and his teacher had many meetings with us and requested us to seek professional analysis.

After seeing many professionals who gave us no real idea on how to help him at school, I resorted to ask his Kendo Sensai if she could help him. She said yes.

His Sensai’s first and only suggestion was to practice Kendo daily. She said he has no problems except a lack of confidence.

From that point on, my son and I practiced everyday.

Amazingly not only is his Kendo getting better, but his confidence has clearly grown. His teacher has stopped asking us for meetings, she now says that sometimes he is the first in class to complete projects.

He is far from being the most natural, strongest kid in his Kendo group, but I think due to practicing he is getting comfortable in his ability in Kendo, which I think is why his confidence has grown, which is why he’s better at school too!

My conclusion is that his Sensai’s suggestion to practice Kendo everyday was a great suggestion and has helped him in many areas of his young life.

All the best,

Nick

Dec 18, 2017
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In reply to Mark
by: Kendo-Guide.Com

Graet! Visualize strongly the ideal kendo for yourself. Very strongly.

Kendo is not everything. If you think kendo won't give you anything that improves you as a human, then you should find something different that does.

In any martial arts or sports, in this matter, you will face the same kinds of difficulties. You always have two choices. Either you keep going at it or you walk away. Both are good when you think that will bring you where you want to go.

Ask yourself what you want. If you want to improve yourself through kendo or not. Sometimes walking away will give you different perspectives so you can do something different in kendo.

All of these are for you. So don't hope. Decide what you want to do. Don't think you are a loser if you walk away. Sometimes you need a rest to get back at it.

It is all for your improvement.

Good luck!

Dec 15, 2017
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by: Mark

Sensei,

Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I do realize that I need to work on my shortcoming, which is to do my dou strikes properly.

Truth be told, I do consult with the senseis in finding ways to improve my strikes from time to time.

I just hope I don't give up. The sensei a few weeks allowed me to practice in the club for doing a basic bogu test, which I get feedback from. Your suggestion is quite similar to his.

I'll try my best to improve myself in 2018.

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