1000 Cut Challenge 2018

1000 Cut Challenge 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018 was the date of our 1000 Cut Challenge fundraiser. A bit of history: we first ran the 1000 Cut Challenge on November 4, 2006 as a fundraiser for Team Canada’s efforts in the 13th World Kendo Championships. This was the fourth time...

How to Improve Your Kendo

In no particular order… Show up Pay attention Focus Do the drills to the best of your ability Listen to feedback your sensei and sempai give you and others Implement Have an open mind Be disciplined Take notes Work on your basics Have a plan Push yourself...

Dynamic Stretches for Kendo

A few years ago, there was a seminar in Toronto on dynamic stretches for kendo. Most of the time we use this dynamic stretching routine at the start of each practice. I haven’t seen other clubs doing these warm ups, but I’m not surprised. Traditions are...

When are you ready to grade?

This is one of those “unwritten rules of kendo”. Don’t ask your instructor for permission to grade. There. I said it. Just don’t do it. If you have to ask, you’re probably not ready. If you’re ready, your instructor will let you...

Building Character Through Combat

Kendo is combat. It’s highly stylized, even ritualized combat, but it’s combat nevertheless.¬†For all of its simplicity, it’s not easy. Most people can hit someone in the head with a stick. You don’t need to have any particular skill to...