How can I get back in shape?
I came back to my dōjō
for the first time after a few weeks. I could barely beat the people who I fought in shiai
(people I could beat a long time ago). I think there is a problem with my form and also I kind of hesitated more than usual.
Is there a way to get back into shape for kendo (in form and stuff and also for the ranking test I have for October 25th) quickly?Answer:
Simple. Train more. I am sure that you are back in shape by now. You do not want to think about “beating” your opponent, especially in the promotion test (ranking test).
I have experience as one of the judges in many promotion tests and I can tell you “being able to score many points” is not everything. It only takes a part.
- the process before striking and
- zanshin after striking.
Those are what I am looking for.
If you are going for a kyu
grade, all I look for is the good basics and kiai
If you are not able to beat your kendo
mates anymore, I think it is because they got better too. Do not try to beat others, try to learn from them. You will get over many obstacles in that way.