Ringing in 2017

We wrapped up our 2nd Annual Toshikoshi Keiko around 1:30 a.m. ET. To my knowledge, we’ve held the first kendo practice in Canada two years in a row. Here’s hoping for a third 🙂 Highlights: Exploding Kittens (the card game). Food – lots of it –...

Issho-kenmei

I remember growing up hearing this term. My rough translation of it is “to do something to the utmost of your ability”. What a wonderful phrase to apply to kendo, and to one’s life. Walking the path of issho-kenmei is not easy. It requires focus,...

Naysayer or Yeasayer – Your Choice

We all know what a naysayer is. A yeasayer* is the opposite. Positive. Encouraging. Looking for ways to make things better. We all have a yeasayer and naysayer in us. They’re like muscles. The one that gets more exercise is more dominant. As with most things,...

No Talent Required

Kendo is not just about one’s physical ability. Here are 10 ways you can make your kendo better that don’t rely on physical talent. Showing up to class on time Being physically and mentally prepared for class A good attitude Proper etiquette in the dojo...

Grading

I am quite pleased to report that all of my students were successful in their grading attempts. Congratulations to you all! Alas, I was not successful in my own grading challenge, but I received some very positive feedback and good advice to incorporate into my...