I'm interested in knowing some reasons why individuals do jodan besides injuries.
Thank you for your post. There are several reasons.
1. For a shiai
2. To learn more different techniques
3. To learn kendō
more deeplyShiai purpose:
Some people are told to take jōdan
because their school needs more varieties of players. Some coaches of schools tell their students to take jōdan
because they are tall. So it is harder to be beaten and more chance to win. Learning different techniques: kendō
becomes really flexible once you thoroughly learn the basics of kendō
(I mean once you become 4-dan
). Since the stance itself is different, there are a lot to learn. Hence you can broaden your techniques.Learning More Deeply: Jōdan
is considered to be an advanced stance. You do not have your shinai
right in front of you to protect yourself. You have nothing that is defending your organs such as your heart and so forth.
Not only to protect yourself, but also to put pressure you have to do so without your shinai
. You have to put pressure with your ki
(internal energy). Needless to say, it is very hard to do.
That is why many sensei
think less experienced kendoists should not take jōdan
I personally think that we should learn jōdan
as well because we have jōdan
. If we don't practice it, we don't know what it is like
Of course there are many senseis who do not think inexperienced kendoists should take jōdan
. So it is important to ask permission from them, when you take jōdan
against them. Just be polite. It is the key :)
Hope this helps.