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Oct 02, 2015
"shouting" in kendo
by: Ray

What's interesting to me is that you said yourself the people who are best at it aren't so loud. I don't see how it can be both ways.

Either shouting loosens you up and this other stuff that helps you perform kendo better or it doesn't.

What about the masters who are much quieter (watch championship matches; there is very little of this "shouting").

What is it about mastery of kendo that makes the shouting no longer essential to performing well in kendo? I still don't get it.

Kendo-Guide.Com: I understand. That is why you have to do what you are supposed to do for you to GET it.

And please read carefully what I wrote. Those kendoists with high grade have gone through the phases including "shouting" phase.

What we cannot see from those great senseis in present is how hard they trained when they were young.

You said it yourself, they are "masters" and you are comparing "masters" and "beginners".

There are a lot of things that we cannot understand just by learning verbally. We can only learn by studying what we are told to do, which most of the time do not make sense to us.

· Why it does not make sense to us?

Simple. It is because we have not reached to the level to understand that.

· How can we understand?

Strive to improve so we can understand eventually.

Hope this helps.

May 05, 2014
by: Rex

Yes, he is right. Shouting is showing your spirit. It shows if your spirit is as fierce as a lion, as weak as a possum, as flowing as a river, or as steady as a wall. Shout will also help your breathing.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for sharing!

Feb 13, 2014
beginners imput :)
by: Gabriele

I remember, when I started I was too embarrassed to shout :) But after a while, it got easier. Simply, shouting makes it easier for you, it really does (especially after super tiring practice when you still have some kakari-geiko's to do :D - try to do one silently and other "kiai'ing like you mean it" :) - you will feel the difference).

Or if you are doing warm-ups all together, or footwork exercises (we do) - counting loudly really puts you in that "special" mode for further practice. To give all of you :)

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