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Issue #059 - Yagyu Sanma no Kurai: Three things that assure you to learn quickly
January 25, 2012

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In this issue, you can read an article called, "Yagyu Sanma no Kurai: Three things that assure you to learn quickly". I learned this concept when I was about 14 years old from the late Tsurumaru sensei (9-dan).

I had an opportunity to share this knowledge with my students so I wanted to share it with you as well. I hope this helps you to understand how kendo should be learned and help you to improve your kendo more efficiently.

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- Yagyu Sanma no Kurai: Three things that assure you to learn quickly-

First you learn.
Second you practice.
Third you adjust it.

This is a teaching from Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu and it is called Yagyu Sanma no Kurai.

Most of people know the first two are very important. But not many people try to assess and adjust it.

I'd like to talk about this learning process in detail.

When we learn some movements in kendo, it is very important for us to emulate whatever we learned from our teacher. We must fully and thoroughly copy our teacher. This is the most important thing.

Why this is the most important thing? Because this is the goal for us to achieve. For example, you learn the basics. Many people think the basics are the movements for the beginners. It is not true; at least in kendo.

The basic movements in kendo such as big men, kote and dō, are fundamental. Moreover, they are the ideal movements; nice and big strikes.

And we learn those ideal movements at the beginning of our kendo history, and over the course of our kendo learning phases, we learn small strikes and many techniques. As we get older and more experienced, our strikes will get bigger again. At least that's what I was told and I have seen many sensei (10-20 years ago) doing that.

Once we learn those movements, we, of course, practice them. We must practice as we are told to do. This is important. We should not interpret what we've learnt in our own ways and do something different. Bad habits develop right here.

While we're practicing those movements, our job is to adjust our movements to achieve these ideal movements that we just learned. While learning the movements, our teacher will tell us what we are doing wrong.

This is an assessment from our teacher. And we have to learn how to check ourselves based on what our teacher corrected. Then we can start analyzing ourselves (assessment) and from there we can adjust (tweak) our movements to achieve the ideal movements.

Many people (more adults than children) try to learn the movements literally. They hear words from their sensei and start making a mold, if you know what I mean. They try to understand the movements based on the words they heard. And based on what they heard, they try to make sense in their own way. What they are supposed to do is to watch and copy and perform.

They have to burn the images of the movements in their mind so they can play them over and over until they can really perform them. Some people call this visualization and some people call this image training or mental training.

If we want improve more quickly and more easily, watch, copy and perform in the circle of "learn, practice, adjust". This learning process is not only for beginners, but I believe this is for everyone.

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