Practice Better

No matter how good you are at something, chances are you can probably improve your performance. What’s it going to take? One word: Practice. What that one word doesn’t tell you is HOW to practice. Showing up at the dojo and doing the same as you’ve...
Upcoming Kendo Gradings

Upcoming Kendo Gradings

Every summer and winter, there are kendo gradings held in Toronto for the ranks of 1st kyu and up. We also hold our own in-house gradings for ranks up to 2nd kyu. I am hoping there will be a few people ready to challenge for 1st kyu, 1st dan and 2nd dan this year. I...
Congratulations all Graduates!

Congratulations all Graduates!

It’s that time of year again. High school graduation. Congratulations to our students Sam and Liam who graduated this week! I’m excited to see students transition to a new phase in their lives. My hope as a teacher is that they apply the lessons they...

When You Hit the Floor

You have a choice:┬áStay down or get back up. If you stay down, your opponent will try to hit you. If you get back up, your opponent will try to hit you. If you stay down, you can’t strike back. Better to get back up. Any...

Wanna Be Great? Get to Work.

I came across a quote from 13th century Japanese Buddhist monk Nichiren Daishonin. “Iron, when heated in the flames and pounded, becomes a fine sword.” Nice. What’s that got to do with you and your kendo? Just a reminder that when you started your...

When Will I Be Ready to . . . ?

Every now and then, someone asks when they’ll be ready to grade, or when they’ll be ready to wear bogu. To date, I have tended to answer these questions with questions. “Do you think you’re ready?” Not a very satisfying answer, although...