Anyone following my blog has probably gathered that I have strong views on the type of training session that builds effective Kendo. Having not run my own dojo for a year or two, I was interested to learn that the college close to my home has a gymnasium with a decent floor for hire.
Rather than jumping in at the deep end, I decided to rent the hall for an initial training session next Wednesday evening. It looks as if a good number of like minded people are coming, so I am putting together a plan for the practice. The session will be limited to one hour and will consist of kiri kaeshi, waza geiko, uchikomigeiko and kakari geiko, even butsukarigeiko if people can manage it without breaking their posture.
Gigeiko time will be limited and the plan is to start and finish each practice with more focused, strenuous activity. My intention is to get people to concentrate on doing each technique to the best of their ability with full spirit.
If the everyone agrees that a practice like this is of benefit, I will roll it out as a regular weekly event.
More excitingly, we are hosting a seminar for Chiba sensei to bring his expertise to bear on what we should be doing to pass higher dan gradings. We are inviting candidates for 4th to 7th dan to attend a weekend event in Reading from the 12th until the 14th of December. The members of Reading Kendo Club are doing a great job in organising the event and I am sure it will be a seminal learning experience for many of us.
Here is Chiba sensei in action in Canada.