February 2, 2018

We don't often spend time unpacking mediation or mokuso as we call it in kendo, but I'd like to chew on bits and pieces with you in the context of "training" that we've been talking about during Kendo 101 and hopefully form more meaningful mokuso practices.

Mediati...

January 19, 2018

Last Sunday I read from an excerpt on self-cultivation in kendo and coupled that with an action item: take out the ken and focus on the ki and tai - we need to restore the balance. 

Ask anyone in kendo if they've ever heard someone ask, "How do you get faster?" and they...

November 26, 2017

I'm not sure who wrote this, but I found this quote among some old kendo learning literature on "Mei-kyo-shisui" my dad kept from decades ago. 

"The moon reflects on the water, and the water mirrors the moon. The moon and the water are void of thought, and so one can se...

November 19, 2017

It's been great to see the growth in the dojo and all the various kendo experiences that we've shared in the past year. A lot of those new (to some) experiences are taikai. For a number of us, we've even competed now in Junior Nationals and Nationals! Whether you're fr...

November 12, 2017

Kendo 101: 

Kiai refers more to our "spirit" where as kakegoe is actually the yell.

I'm not sure why sensei scream "KIAI!" to tell students to yell louder. But actually, kakegoe is the expression of kiai. 

Kakegoe is like what a basketball player does after he 360 degree,...

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