Start Failing Today!

Do babies learn to walk without falling? Do we tell children to not speak until their words come out fully formed? Mistakes are learning opportunities. Everyone makes them. They are a part of learning. Cherish your mistakes. Learn from them. That’s part of your...

Sutemi Yourself

The term “sutemi” means to throw yourself 100% into your attack without fear of the consequence. It’s an important concept in kendo. I think it’s just as important for life. How often we hold ourselves back because of fear of potential...

It Is Time…

Over the years, I’ve been asked many times why we named the club the Hayakawa Kendo Club. Most kendo clubs are geographically named after the city they’re located in. Using this method, the club would have been called the Welland Kendo Club. Nothing wrong...

A New Reality

I’ve been away from the dojo for several weeks on vacation and work trips. While I was away, I received a phone call from Sensei Gill from the St. Catharines Kendo Club. He informed me that due to health reasons, he was closing the St. Catharines Kendo Club....

Honouring the Effort

No matter your ability of level of kendo, you will experience challenges. There is a technique you haven’t mastered. There is a person you haven’t beaten. There is always something to improve. These challenges can be frustrating, and can lead one’s...