20th November 2007, 09:16 AM
Shinsa When Injured
I'm getting to that age (OK, I've already passed the age) where I occasionally have physical problems that keep me from doing my best (or sometimes any) kendo. So far nothing more serious than a strained back from overexertion in the yard (darn leaves), but I've had problems with sprained ankles, tendonitis, etc. Fortunately, none of these have coincided with a shinsa, but if it did happen, would the grading panel make allowances for an injured kenshi? If so, how would one inform them of any injuries? Or does kendo has an absolute standard for each grade, and if you can't meet that standard, for whatever reason, then keep on working until you can?
What if the injury is permanent? A few years back we had a kenshi with serious-enough back problems that he could not go into seiza or sonkyo. He explained it to sensei and it was never a problem in our dojo, but if he had gone to shinsa (he quit before he ever made it to one) how (if at all) should the grading panel have been advised to make "accomodations" for him?
Thanks for any input, especially sensei who have sat on grading panels.
P.S. I discussed this issue with my sensei this past weekend, and he also was not quite sure what the best course of action would be.
20th November 2007, 09:45 AM