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All about men…

September 26, 2008

Kote, Do, Men kaeshi tsuki plus do while kicking your rival’s knee and smiling looking to the camera… who cares?

Not me, at the moment. Just men, harai men perhaps. 

Have a nice weekend


A proper post after a while…

September 24, 2008

There are a lot of things I like of these time. I´m studying a lot what it is supposed I have to -the very spanish Oposiciones de Magisterio-, spending more time with my family, and practicing lots of kendo and fitness everyday. And, what it is wonderful about that is I’m cutting drastically my time in front of the computer, so, in spite of having no to much time to catch up emails and update this blog, I am not wasting whole hours watching stupid videos on Youtube o reading the same news in five different online newspapers. So, I’m happy, very indeed. And very very tired. Can’t wait to October break and having a few relaxing days with my two girls somewhere away from Edinburgh.

Right, let’s talk about kendo.


Having in mind my studying time has squeezed my life, my attendance is quite regular, one or two sessions at week.


They days I don’t attend kendo I am doing suburi, with the exception of Wednesdays. 500 hundreds or so: Jo-guburi, shomen, kote, kote men, haya suburi, katate (one hand) suburi. It looks a lot, but it doesn’t take me more than 10-15 minutes, so it is not big deal. I know, I know, it is better one hundred ok than 1000 incorrect, it is quality, no quantity, therefore I tried to stay as much focused as I can, it isn’t just swinging your arms.


Lately, I’m using my bike to do some cardio work. I use my bike everyday to go work; I have intervals of 3/4 minutes effort + 1/2 m resting time, using different gears combination to keep a reasonable and safe speed, but forcing my body to change its rhythm. Crunches and push ups at home 3 or 4 times at week and gym time to time, once or, maybe twice to do more specific work.
Me, ME!!! I cannot believe my eyes, me who I was a heavy and proud smoker, the same one who see any physical effort as a punishment

Kendo, the real one, I mean

I’ve been doing this work since one month and I can see a difference in the dojo. I feel stronger and more resistant to exhausting, therefore, I can be more concentrated in my kendo than moaning myself about how tired I am.

My focus

  • Big swings, at least in uchikomi-geiko and kiri-kaeshi, leaving ko-waza to ji-geiko and shiai practices.
  • Straightness: My back is still bent sometime. It looks I loose my concentration during ji-geiko and I start to bend my back, above all doing kote.
  • Kata: step by step. I’m working sanbonmen, uchidashi side, first big cut. Gosh, it is more difficult than it looks. My sensei gave me a very good advises and it is to leave to the katana weight to make the hard work. Interesting once you get it.
  • Shikakae waza: Omote and ura harai and then go for men. The rest… or well, sometimes if I’m lucky. Debana and nuki should be there, but … OK, next week, next week….

Things which have appeared (and I wasn’t looking for)

  • Hiki waza. Yep, it is there. I don’t try hard on these technique, for a long time, I use it more as a “safe” gateway from tsubazeira rather a technique attack, probably because I didn’t know how to work it out. Now, I can do “some” thing. In fact, last session we had a shiai practice and one of my points was scored doing hiki. The good thing is I didn’t think too much about it, I just saw the chance and I did it.
  • Do: Slightly better as I used to be but I just used in Uchikomi-geiko.

After a bad time, always a good time is coming. Summer wasn’t good because a number of serious reason, but now things have came back to normal, and i wasn’t very happy with my kendo either.

I will keep my finger crossed, now everything is OK, running smoothly, happy finding a balance, but things can turn wrong in a blink of an eye. So, let me enjoy a few more days, weeks, months…

Good times, bad times

May 12, 2008

I had too many things in my plate last week. I couldn’t practice at all, neither a normal practice nor suburi at home, but now, quieter and more exciting times are coming.


I could find sometime at home to do some suburi finally. Just ten minutes, but at least is better than nothing. Shomen, kote, kote men, yokomen, sho men, 2 minutes each with non stop. I don’t know if it is the best way, doing it with no pauses but I feel great. It is tiring but last ones look the best ones. I live in a tenement, so my ceiling are height enough to practice indoor (just bokken, no shinai, just in casa). Problems: No haya suburi or jyougeburi because of the lack of room. I know, it is not great, but at least is something. At the moment, I’m focused to keep my grip in the same position, as Kobayashi sensei told us. It is interesting the shape of the movement, stiffer, I guess, but more effective if you are thinking as a cutting movement…

My thumb

My right thumb worries me. I have had a long term injure in the join between my thumb and the palm of my right hand. Last September, during Jigeiko, I broke “something” there, it was not a bone, but something was not working properly. I must say it was quite painful and, surprise, surprise, I didn’t care too much it basically because I had my first competition in London (fly tickets and hostel already paid) a days after. So I didn’t take the care I should. Now, looking back, I am realising it was a mistake, my injury got worse. After London I decided to go to my GP and give a rest to my hand. Doctor told me it was “probably” a ligaments problem, therefore, painkillers and rest. I expected to be off two or three weeks off, and s en kegoo. My hand was still a bit sore, but I could manage it, and after New Year, it seemed to be ok.

Until Thistle cup, during my first and only match, a hit in the same spot: same pain and bigger worries. It is clear that et isr ot ongatime. . Anyway, I could do suburi with no problems and normal practice, next practices I am not going to carry my bogu and I have to keep away from jigeiko for a while (damm!!!!!!!).

Next week

Finally, I am going to the Alps for a week in a school trip. Having know I am going to have some spare time every day (no too much), I will take my bokken with me and keep on doing some suburi and stretching exercise.

My way to shodan. Hello everyone!

March 22, 2008

Last Tuesday I had a not good practice, nothing worked properly. I was so pissed off with myself. Same faults again and again, always on a rush, not goo d posture, no good breathing, no good cuttings, no goog anything…one of these days, definitely. And then, as I normally do, I took my bike, loaded my bogu and took the way back home. While riding, I was thinking about the practice I wanted to do something and, why not, write about it. 

 Recently I achieved ikkyu. Good for me! Well done! Clap, clap, clap. It is a motivation to keep on doing my kendo, to be happy about my progress, but it is also a good moment to think twice about things. Think about doing things properly, no more crappy things, lazy kamae or careless waza, at least on porpuse. Or more imporant, think about respect, respect kendo, respect your sempais and kohais, respect your kendo community. Don’t know, but I believe there is a responsability around this, when you have a grade. 

 Next step, shodan, involves too many improvements. After having sessions like last tuesday or watching my grading on a dvd, these improvements are more that I thought and I should start right now. It is the moment to take some aspects seriously.

 Yep, I decided to create my blog about Kendo and my way to shodan. Sounds good, isn’t it?. The only problems is how I could find the time to write here. I am just working full time, studying teaching, studying English, raising a wonderful wee daughter, having a life with my partner…

  Neither today nor tomorrow, but I like to write about a lot of things: Kamae, footwork, attitude, shiai… my thoughts and worries about kendo. For how long? I expect one year, but you never know, maybe less, probably more.  But I am sure of just one thing, the last post will be “I got shodan”.

 Have fun, enjoy it.