Kendo increased my courage
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!!