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Jul 01, 2010
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my 2 yen
by: Matt

Do you think it is a right decision of committee?

Yes, just as in a tournament, shinpan wa shinpan (Shinpan is shinpan). The judges? decision is absolute and it is rude to try and second guess them.

Even if the motodachi had performed perfectly the person may have failed anyway. That is the panel?s decision to make.

And what can we do if our motodachi is not able to behave correctly?

Show your best kendo anyway.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your post. It is totally true. And also it is true for the pursuers of the way to know what to do.

As Matt says and also I keep saying, though, we always have to try to show our best under any circumstances.

If we do not know what we should do, we think quickly and decide what to do. And commit ourselves to the decision ?we? make. This is exactly the same as the process of striking.

Once we decide to strike, there should not be a second thought. Go for it. If you do not know what to do, it does not matter how hard you try to figure out what to do, it is hard to get a right answer because you don?t know the right answer. So?

Just believe in yourself and your decision. And just perform as best as you can.


Jun 30, 2010
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So what should kakarite do?
by: Anonymous

So for example, when kakarite has to strike men and it is pronounced that he is going to strike men but motodachi opens do (in nidan waza e.g. kote-do instead of kote-men).

What should kakarite do when he sees that men is not opened? Should he strike opened do (and this is not what he was expected to do) or should he strike not opened men?

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your question. As I answered, it depends on what your federation wants you to do.

If I was one of the judges and in charge of the exam, I would correct motodachi, especially if it was a kyu exam.

If it is totally up to you, then you should strike openings because that is more realistic. However, it is my opinion and it is not necessarily true to the judges of your federation.

Thus, you have to consult your teacher or someone who is familiar with the exam rules of your federation.

Jun 29, 2010
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shinsa problem
by: R Stroud

It depends upon lots of other information.

Was the kakarite a child, or low rank beginner told to do something specific then presented with something different? Why didn't the examiners correct the issue and see what the kakarite was capable of doing in the context of what the test was supposed to be?

If the motodachi's performance was part of his test, then yes, failing to do it correctly is an understandable fail.

But for the kakarite, unless they are high rank expecting them to do something different from the expected procedure is unfair. For high rank (those with enough skill to deal with this situation) they would only be doing keiko anyway...

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Good point on age.

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