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Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #060 - Useful Learning Tools and Side Effects
March 07, 2012

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Kendo-Guide.Com Newsletter, Issue #060 - Useful Learning Tools and Side Effects

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How have you been? I have been doing a lot of things at the same time. That's because I want to do it and also I have another child on its way. So I wanted to have everything done (or almost everything) before he is born. By the time you read this, I might have another child already or I might not.

In this issue, I'm talking about learning kendo through videos and then its side effects. I am not totally against watching videos, especially matches, on the Internet, of course. But I really think we should be aware of the side effects as well.

I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you!

Hiro Imafuji

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- Youtube Update-

- Kendo Q & A -

- Kendo Work Shop -

- Article of The Month -

- Comments or Questions -


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- Youtube Update-

- Kendo Review: Takanabe vs. Higashinaga

- How to strike with one hand in kendo

- Kendo Q & A -

- What is the Engilsh translation of the things we say when we bow in/out?

- An Academic interest.

- Training Dilema

- Live in Japan and Train Kendo

- Good training to get in shape before starting Kendo?

- Kendo Work Shop -

- MEN strike

- Proper Men Strike

- Useful Learning Tools and Side Effects-

We live in a very nice era. We can search and learn a lot of things on the Internet. It is very convenient and very useful. We can even watch kendo videos on the Internet. This is very amazing. Kendo videos are usually very expensive and I didn't even have a chance to watch higher rank kendo like 8-dan tournaments.

Now All Japan Kendo Federation has a YouTube channel and broadcast these higher rank matches. We can watch All Japan Kendo Championship every year on YouTube now. If you want to, you can just search any kendo tournaments in the world! What a great era we live in!

But if you do kendo and take kendo seriously I want you to know one thing.

It has side effects as well.

Know What You Are Supposed To Do

If you wash these higher rank people on the Internet and of course you want to do kendo like them. Especially if you're young and competitive, you want to improve your kendo so you can perform better in tournaments. I have been there and I felt the same thing when I was younger. I completely understand and I don't deny or disagree with such thoughts.

I watched a lot of kendo in training and tournaments and I learned a lot of techniques from both situations; training and tournaments. People can do that now on the Internet.

But I had senseis who told me what we are not supposed to do and what kind of kendo we should go after.

I think this is very important. If you don't have sensei/proper instructors, that means you don't have anyone to tell you what not to do in matches, for example.

It doesn't matter how good those players are, they make mistakes. They do what they should not be doing in shia. For example, you see many top kendo players duck after striking kote to avoid a counterattack from their opponent.

They know they shouldn't do that. And I am so sure that they don't do that in grading (promotion exams). Why? It is because it is considered to be bad kendō. They know they're not supposed to do that. But on the other hand, they do not want to lose so their body moves unconsciously like that.

Again I'll repeat. They know they are supposed to do that.

So without knowing what you should be doing in kendo or what kind of kendo should be an ideal kendo, you will pick up a lot of bad habits from watching shiai videos. And the worst thing is that you will repeat the bad habits over and over because no one tells you that you should not do that.

You can watch videos and learn from them. But the videos will not tell you what not to do and what you're supposed to do. So make sure you go back to your instructor and talk about what you thought from the videos you watched. Always watch the kendō videos and decide what you should emulate based on the ideal movements; the basics.

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