Year: 2012

Uchikomi

This year lets, with the goal of polishing our kihon, endeavour to spend a lot of time doing ‘uchikomi.’ Kyoto Budo Senmon Gakko’s (Busen) head instructor, Naito Takahuru, emphasised ‘uchikomi’ (what we now call ‘kakari’) – as transmitted by Hokushin Itto-ryu in Mito (Tobukan, where Naito started kendo) – as an important part of training. All five of the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR) awarded 10-dan’s were students of Naito at Busen. That is, Ogawa Kinnosuke, Saimura Goro, Mochida Moriji, Nakano Sosuke, and Oasa Yuji. The content of the ‘uchikomi’ itself could be repetitiously attacking the motodachi’s men (left or …

Objective

A month or so ago – I can’t quite remember – I was reading a piece in one of the local kendo mags about someone who had, after many years of kendo practice, decided to quit. Of the many reasons he gave for this, one stood out: that there was no special ‘polishing of the character’ to be had through kendo practise. That is, through kendo there is no sort of ‘bettering’ of the person. This topic is actually something i’ve struggled with for a long time, so it made me (as occasional I do!) re-examine my rationale for doing …

Ladder drills ラダードリル

This is an abbreviated/casual version of a chapter that was originally in my just-published Kendo Coaching Tips and Drills book, but which I removed in the final version as it didn’t really fit in the way that I wanted it to (and also because I am terrible at making attractive visual charts… which is why you only get a scanned version here!). Some small footage of my ladder drills can be seen in the Kendo Coaching vid at the very end. Basically, the brunt of a good kendo training regime is built solely on the repetitive business of practising basics: …

Cheers!

Thanks to everyone who grabbed a copy of Kendo Coaching Tips and Tricks since its release on Saturday 8th of October. Its been a resounding success!! In the first two days alone it sold more copies than I had imagined, and printed copies have been shipped out to at least the following countries:

USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Russia… all in all about 60 different locations!!!!

Its finally out!!

Its finally out!!! It only took 4 years!!! The idea for my latest book – Kendo Coaching Tips and Drills – first came to me in August 2008. I had just returned from a short trip to Fukuoka University of Education, where I joined a bunch of British university students at a gasshuku. It was very hot and the training was hard. A large part of the trip for me was getting the chance to see and learn from my old coach and friend Honda Sotaro sensei. I stayed with him and chatted about kendo and teaching. Watching the students …