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Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #027 - Kendo movements and daily life
October 29, 2009

Kendo for LIFE

Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #027 - Kendo movements and daily life

Thank you for reading the Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #027.

Sorry folks for not sending you October Newsletter earlier. But here it is. In this issue, I would like to talk about how we can learn kendo movements as quickly as possible.


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Table of Content

- Kendo Q & A -

- Kendo Work Shop -

- Kendo Multimedia -

- Integrate Kendo and your daily life -

- Comments or Questions -

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- Kendo Q & A -

- Who participated in kendo in the Edo period?

- What is the appropriate way to hold your tenugui before putting it on?

- How can I get back in shape?

- Solo Practice with a "Real" Sword

- Sexist vs Gender Roles

- When sweat gets into eyes

- Kendo and Kenjutsu

- Requirements for kendo

- Kendo Work Shop -

- Shall we always go through the opponent after strike

- I have a problem of using too much right arm

- The suburi pace

- Kendo Multimedia -

- Kenjutsu website

- Integrate Kendo and your daily life -

Straight to the point. Many separate kendo from daily life. When people find it very hard to learn kendo movements, they do not realise they are the ones who are making it more difficult.

If they can integrate kendo and their daily life, it is much easier and faster to learn kendo and apply what they learn from kendo in their daily life.

Apply what you know to learn kendo movements

Kendo movements are probably unusual for many of us including the Japanese. First, we do not wear kimono anymore so it is hard for the Japanese to learn how to put hakama on.  Suri-ashi (gliding feet) is also an unusual movement for most of people.

Seiza is quite new to many Japanese kids. How to use a sword is foreign for many Japanese (probably most of the Japanese). So if you are one of those people who think that it is because of where you were born or your age that is stopping you from learning kendo properly, that is not the reason.

These unusual movements may seem very new to you but you have abilities to perform the movements, because I am pretty sure that many have done the similar movements before. 

The problem is that many people treat the kendo movements as something special, while they are not so special.

Look for the similarities

Do you think because I have been doing kendo nearly 30 years, I can say the kendo movements are not unusual?

Maybe. But because I have been kendo for nearly 30 years and trying to make the kendo movements more easily to be learned, I always look for the similarities in the kendo movements and daily life.

For example, how to grab your shinai. This analogy has been around for a long time so you may know. The shape of your grip (both hands) should be like an ice cream corn grip.

Another analogy: How you strike a small men. Pretend eating an ice cream corn and stretch your hand out to share your ice cream with a friend standing right in front of you. This movement is almost identical to a small men strike. (Ref: Kendo Lesson: Interesting, Surprising and New Findings!)

The Secret of Improvement

You probably know it by now.  When you learned a kendo movement, try to find a similar movement. You have to find a similar movement from your own daily life. This is the most important thing. 

You want to get the movement correctly and really quickly. Then repeat them over and over until they become your second nature. I think many people are missing this process of finding similar movements to kendo movements in their daily life.

This is just a little thing but makes a huge difference in your kendo improvement.

- Comments or Questions -

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