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  • #16
    Originally posted by ArcticBlizzard View Post
    [S]ensei shows us ... how the cut has to be made and how it should look.
    This. ^

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    • #17
      A few years ago I tried image training every evening in seiza after suburi at home. While it can help to imagine the ideal, I think that it takes a person "out" of the moment. If you stop to envision how things "should" look then your strike will have a distracted quality (someone earlier referred to it as "robotic.") Life is what happens when you're busy making plans; I think this statement can be extrapolated to Kendo as well.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by hugo View Post
        If you stop to envision how things "should" look then your strike will have a distracted quality (someone earlier referred to it as "robotic.") Life is what happens when you're busy making plans; I think this statement can be extrapolated to Kendo as well.
        I use image training all the time, I think it can help a lot. there are certain techniques to it (google them) many major sports
        and sports professionals use image training all the time. Naturally you dont/ cant really do it while training as you say your strike would be distracted or not natural and you`d have no time to complete the waza.

        I look at people in and out of the dojo, people of all different sizes and hieghts and imagine the hasuji for do, where my hands and feet should be when I complete a waza etc any waza really. I try to re-enforce all the good points in my mind, replay good things I`ve seen but I try to put myself in there.
        Kind of like mitori keiko in my head. I dont image any guts or gore.
        Also While I`m watching higher grades or any kenshi who I consider good, I try to imaine my self next to them/ ghosting them and try to anticipate what they are going to do. If I cant while I`m watching I often mimic what they do either in my head or even there in the line while I`m waiting. I also look at the picutures in kendo nipon/ jidai , and think how I`d like to have that posture or be able to that. Again re-enforcing that image or my kendo goals in my head, hoping/ waiting for it to come out.

        I dont consider this as stopping the mind, I think that is what the previous poster was saying. but sending it out there to gather any info, images etc that I should have. When I look at vids of myself doing kendo I try not to think about the bad points, as that would re-enforce those.
        Its hard at training in japan as 90% of what sensei say is about your bad bits. " dont do this" "dame" etc but when they show me how, thats what I listen to. I dont ignore their advice, but there is only so many times you can listen to the same thing without it having a negative effect.
        like a child who is told repeatedly he cant do anything right, he is going to have no confidence later in life.

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