The Best Way…

. . . to say “thank you for advice”, according to one Sensei I met, is to actually implement the advice. After correcting a student’s technique, explaining to them what they’re doing wrong and how they can do it properly, it’s always...

New bogu observations

For those of you who are thinking of buying new bogu, here are a few observations on the “new bogu experience”. 1) It’s probably going to be stiff. For me, this has meant more pressure on my ears. The first class I had to take my men off to give my...

Toronto Kendo Club’s 30th Anniversary Seminar

This weekend was the 30th Anniversary Seminar for the Toronto Kendo Club. An all-round excellent event. I managed to videotape some of the sessions. Here are the links. Keiko Seminar: http://www.vimeo.com/27183609 Kata Seminar: http://www.vimeo.com/27168413 Chiba...

Learn From Your Mistakes

Have you noticed how our society frowns upon making mistakes? Granted, there are some professions where making mistakes is deadly. Snipers. Air traffic controllers. Nuclear plant operators. Yup. Mistakes are bad. That’s why these people train extensively before...