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Jul 26, 2016
Thank you for the answer!
by: Felipe

Actually, I don't consider ourselves to be talented. We just use to practice 3 days per week, training ashi-sabaki, basic kihon, oji-waza and a quick keiko at the end. Sometimes we do oikomi or some kind of uchikomi, and we do 1h of kendo kata (1-7) every Saturday.

Thus, we set high goals for us, aiming a correct, beautiful and kihon-oriented kendo, in an environment where each one helps others to develop, because if one becomes strong, his mates are gonna be strong too.

When we started to learn oji-waza (from our former sensei), we were ordered to use debana, nuki or kaeshi, as we wanted. So, we learned all kinds of oji-waza (at least the ones we were able to perform roughly) at once. Maybe it's the reason we can perform a variety, but to be honest, we can apply these techniques only against same-level kenshi, and our success rate is +- 60% or 70%, I think.

About the otoshi, the waza my mate does is kote-uchitoshi-men. I think it's gonna take years for us to be able to do a kiri-otoshi, hahaha.

Another feeling I got is: the more I practice a technique, the more difficult to apply it becomes. Maybe because I think too much, or I desire too much to be successful. Maybe I shouldn't want to use so eagerly a technique, maybe I just should let it flows without thinking about it.

Well, sorry for the long reply. I really hope we can meet and do keiko one day! And thank you again for the attention.

Kendo-Guide.Com: If you are not talented, you must be very focus when training. Either case, my hats off to you guys.

It is always double-edged sword if you learn techniques. It is always a good idea to learn varieties of techniques but because you know a lot you might fall into a trap of "not being able to commit".

The committed strikes without hesitation are the most difficult thing to do in kendo. Once we start using techniques, it becomes harder to commit into one straight strike.

Since you are at the early stage of kendo, you should execute committed straight strikes at 8 out of 10 strikes.

That is, of course, my opinion.

And indeed, I am so looking forwards to meeting you and your kendo mates some time in the future!!

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