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May 16, 2012

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- Obstacles to Learn Kendo-

Many people have their own obstacles when training kendo such as old injuries, difficult to learn due to the unique movements of kendo and gaps between what they think how things should be done and what they are actually taught.

I think the most common obstacle is that kendo really is strict on the basics. I am sure that almost all the instructors tell their students what should be done and if you do a little different from the basics, they will correct you immediately.

The basic movements are indeed very important and without the good foundation of the basics, there is less hope in the future improvement. There is and should not be any opposition against the importance of the basics.

Then why do I sound like that being strict on the basics is not a good thing?

The problem I think there is that in kendo there is a lack of approaches to accomplish in acquiring these basics. We should not mix "stick to the basics" and "not giving various approaches to achieve the basics".

I understand that we have good methods to teach a group of people at once. But it is also important to give personal instructions on each individual. It is very common that we have different age groups at the dojo training together.

Whatever the reason is when people encounter their physical limitations, they should be given some other ways so they can pursue the way of the sword.

There should be various paths to accomplish the basic movements of kendo. Instead of "this way is the only way to learn this movement". What do you think?

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