2011, in which a kendo blog is revived, my best gets done and strikes are struck and received.
Been ages since I posted, but there isn't too much to tell really. Up until about a week ago I was practicing regularly, but now our dojo is in summer vacation hibernation until the 22nd. Most Monday's for the past month and a half I've been connecting with the capo to do some endurance training at the start of keiko. The heat has been seriously daunting, but I'm learning loads about relaxing my grip and shoulders.
Last week I took a boat
Updated 27th August 2011 at 03:36 AM by tyler
I took a spill a few weeks ago and have been out of commission, but went to the dojo last Saturday to spectate practice. My dojo is a bit small, it being built in the middle of a tight residential neighborhood in Tokyo. The changing space (I don't say changeroom because it's really more of a hallway - you have to spread up against the wall like you're getting arrested if anyone wants to get by) is upstairs. The floor and surrounding area becomes
Updated 7th March 2011 at 09:18 PM by tyler
Practice over the past two weeks has been up and down as Iíve been trying to hone a more flexible kamae.
Last night I tried to focus on my left hand and the angle of my hips. Over gripping with my right hand has led to a bit of pain in the elbow, always a sign of bad form, so last night I tried to be all about the left. I think this made for crisper men-uchi in kihon-geiko, and in ji-geiko I seemed to have better kensen control when it came to minor adjustments and trying to channel
Updated 27th August 2011 at 02:43 PM by tyler
I came across this article in Slate today regarding American Football and a new category of head injury that has been discovered.
To sum up: It begins with the mention of G as the force of gravity, and the fact that in collisions, force is measured in G's. It seems that collisions in this heavy contact sport range from 40Gs at the low end to 300Gs at the more brutal extreme. Guys getting wrecked with forces of this magnitude naturally leads to a high number of concussions to compliment
Updated 7th March 2011 at 09:54 PM by tyler
Off to a half-decent start! My first keiko of the year was actually pretty terrible. It had been about 2 weeks since I practiced, which is neither here nor there, but for whatever reason things just weren't working in unison. Instead of trying to relax, I tried to make it come together with force, tired myself out, and generally had a bunk practice. That was Saturday.
On Monday morning, through the bright idea of a dojo mate and the kindness of one of our sensei, I had a chance to
Updated 18th January 2011 at 02:32 PM by tyler