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...

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...

Do you know your tenugui designs?

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been starting to wear some new tenugui. For those who’ve been around for a while, do you recognize where this tenugui comes from? Did you get it?¬†Click here for another hint.            ...

Tenugui

In kendo, a tenugui is Japanese term for the cloth that is wrapped around the head to provide additional padding and sweat absorption underneath the men (helmet). There are a few observations about them. One of the things that marks a newbie in bogu is the...