Just over twenty of my kendo friends gathered together on the 23rd of November (a national holiday) to take part in this year’s third Eikenkai session. Nationalities represented Scotland, Japan, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Ireland, England, New Zealand, China, and America, two of whom will almost certainly take part in next years WKC. A lot of shiai happen during national holidays, so a few normal members couldn’t attend due to competition or shinpan duties.
Unlike the last session (blistering hot) the weather was awesome, which made for a nice energetic session: 1.5 hours of kata (koryu) followed by 50 mins of kihon and an hour or so of jigeiko. The kihon session was pretty orthodox except that I forgot to end it with uchikomi/kakarigeiko as I like to do! I won’t forget next time.
Anyway, that’s it for my open adult keiko this year, I will probably host the next sometime in February. If you are around, please feel free to get in touch. Cheers!