Indomitable Spirits

Indomitable Spirits

Grit has been identified as a characteristic closely tied to an individual’s overall long-term success. A basic definition of grit is a combination of passion and persistence and a belief in one’s ability to overcome obstacles. It’s also been...

Get Out of Your Way

You are the biggest impediment to your kendo progress. It could be your ego. It could be your perspectives or beliefs. It could be your understanding (incorrect) or lack of understanding. It could simply be that you haven’t done the work necessary to improve....
When Should Babies Just Quit Trying?

When Should Babies Just Quit Trying?

At some point, the vast majority of babies figure out how to walk. They crawl around a lot before they start walking. Then they grab onto furniture to steady themselves. Eventually they master the skill of balancing and propelling themselves around on their own two...

We Are All Newbies

Our club practice is to accept new students whenever they arrive. I fully appreciate how much more work this is. There is some disruption to the routine as we gather around the shomen and talk about the concept and purpose of kendo. The group breaks up so advanced...

Observing Your Kendo

I often suggest to students (and myself) to pay attention to their kendo. I also know this isn’t as easy as it sounds. I have an approach that I use to check on my own kendo that I would like to share with you. Know all the steps of what you are attempting to...