Kendo increased my courage

by Stella

I was a social anxiety person. I'm feeling awkward when I need to talk in front of the class and talking to the people I haven't met before, even introducing myself.

When I was practicing kendo for the first time, I was taught to be brave in front of my partner. I need to do kiai in front of him for the first time, and I feel so awkward. But sensei always says "that is ok, don't feel embarrassed, afraid, or anything, just scream!"

Then I did it and it relieves my doubts and stresses. The next day, when I need to do a presentation, I feel nothing but calm and confident, which is very unusual.

I spoke well even though I haven't prepared the material, answering questions well, not saying "uhhh" or silenced in a long period. That's very different.

I'm sorry for my bad grammar; I'm not an English speaker.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Alright! Thank you for sharing! That is great!! Keep up the good work!!

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Sep 10, 2013
I made a similar point
by: Thomas Sluyter

Interestingly I made a similar point in my recent article for Kendo World #6.4. In this article ("Living with shikai") I discuss general anxiety disorder (GAD) and it's workings with kendo. Both how it affects myself and GAD sufferers, but also how kendo has helped me along.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for sharing that! And everyone should get Kendo World Magazine!

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