Thanks for the comment on my blog and I'm glad you like my blog. I think I'll keep going in the direction I'm going with it by making it like a notebook of sorts with information I like to find out through research, introspection and retrospection to help me out and also put more Kendo/Iaido related information online for others to read and think about on their own terms. I hope you continue reading and share your comments as I'm always interested in hearing about what people think.
hey Chris, I commented on your Timing blog. very nice website by the way... Goodluck on your shinsa.
Thanks Chris for your comments ^_^ hopefully somday i will get to practice with you.
Sorry for the delay in the reply, I've been kinda busy lately with working, kendo and holiday travel.
I took a look at your video and you did look very well out there, especially while going against someone with more jodan experience than you. It was also great that you were able to hang in there for the full match since I can only imagine that holding the shinai above your head for so long while moving around and striking just can't be very easy. Unfortunately, I can't offer much advice since my total Jodan experience is about 2 minutes by just randomly paying around with it.
Hey, chris wanted to share my match with ya. My first time playing in the Yudansha division for our regional Individual championships. I really enjoyed it. I thought for sure I would get a ippon. lost focus a few times though which is why I lost and was disarmed in the beginning though.
My Ai-Jodan Match against an experienced San Dan ready to test for Yon Dan quite a few people thought eventually I would get the point since I was getting 2 to three one flags (I think all the Judges raised there flags at different times--just not all together lol)
Ewww, you sound all nerdy and weird, lol!
On a more serious note though, I have thought about approaching shiai in that manner. Of course, that is easier said than done. Some of my problems include not being aggressive enough and waiting around for the other person to attack, instead of forcing them to attack through seme or finding that opening and going for it. I would hope that having that "live or die" attitude might increase the aggression factor and help me do better in my matches.
I'm always happy to have any sort of Kendo related discussion, so don't hesitate to ask me about my thoughts on Kendo related concepts and ideas. And I'm glad you enjoy my blog!
hello Chris, I read your blog...very nice.
I wish that I could have an entertaining but private discussion with you.
I don't know if this will help you, but it helped me tremendously with understanding Kendo...
Ippon Shobu really means 1 beautiful kill or 1 beautiful death. Every moment in kendo, for me, is training for that. Losing or wining by the single, first ippon is an amazing feeling--it connects me to the fighters that actully lived or died by it--I feel satisfaction...
hope i didn't sound too nerdy or wierd,