How do I begin?
(Lake Havasu, AZ, USA)
I am having trouble finding a dojo near me. The nearest one I have found is 161 miles away.
Despite this setback, I wish to begin training on my own as I continue to search.
What should I start with? Where do I begin?
Note: I own a shinai.Answer:
Please do start learning etiquette/manners
. Many people start to learn how to swing their shinai at the very beginning. I am very sure that most of people want to learn how to use a sword. But before swinging a sword, you have to know how to behave at dojo.
For many people, footwork is a big problem. Therefore, I want to study footwork very well until you find a dojo near you. Swinging a sword is the easiest part of kendo.
This is what I say to my students.
"If you don't know how to move your body, you don't even reach your opponent."
This article, The 20th Anniversary of Sei Tou Ken Yu Kai
, may be useful for you.
One of the Q&A, How to practice and gain more knowledge about kendo without a sensei in your country?
, may be helpful too.