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  • So what's in your journal?

    I didn't want to take away from any of the other threads on kendo journals, but I was wondering: So, what kinds of observations are in your journal?

    I said in another thread I write in mine too infrequently, but looking back over it this past weekend I found,

    -Some thoughts on death, symbolic and literal,
    -Notes on not raising the front foot too high when cutting,
    -The observation that old bad habits can creep back in, even when you think you've purged yourself of them,
    -Sketches of the difference between a big cut and a small cut
    -Various notes on iaido kata
    -Scraps of paper of things other people, mostly senseis, have written.

    Would anyone else like to share?

  • #2
    Dang, no replies! Ah, well. I thought some of us folks agreed journaling was this helpful thing?

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    • #3
      Sorry, missed this one:

      Most of it related to changing to jodan:with:

      More suburi!..left arm nowhere near strong enough. Control goes south after 1 hour ji-geiko.
      Distance is very difficult. Need more kihon to learn it better. (Which, due to work and injury, I haven't been able to do).

      Jakob

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      • #4
        Thanks, Jakob. So it's mostly technical stuff?

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        • #5
          Pretty much..the odd hint to mentality (ie, need 'spirit of raging fire' when fighting jodan), but that's about it.

          Jakob

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          • #6
            Aweosme. Yeah, most of mine seem to be technical stuff combined with little aspects of reigi I've discovered or had pointed out to me. It's really a "budo journal" because I also write about judo and iaido and stuff in it.

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            • #7
              Just a thought...

              Hey Charlie

              I think the reason you havent had much response may be that journals are so personal. I dont mean mine contains any great secrets - far from it - in fact I think that's the reason for the lack of response. My journal is fascinating and useful to me, I cant see it being the least bit interesting to anyone else though...

              <rei>

              Dave

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              • #8
                Good point. I know I have written some rather personal things in mine, mostly about death, God, philosophy. Hmmm...

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                • #9
                  But then isnt it more a 'normal' journal, which happens to also contain kendo-stuff?

                  Jakob

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                  • #10
                    Well, sorta. It's mostly budo, but thinking about kendo makes me think about life and death. You?

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