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...

Musings on Kiai

Kiai refers to the yell or shout made at the time of an attack. The kanji for kiai is made up of two characters. The first is “Ki”, meaning energy and the second is “Ai” which can be translated as “matching”, “meeting”...

Your True Enemy

“How has it come about that we are so bewitched by our self-hatred, so impressed and credulous in the face of our self-criticism, as unimaginative as it usually is? And why is it akin to a judgement without a jury? A jury, after all, represents some kind of...

1000 Cut Challenge – Fundraising Results

Hello everyone! Thank you to all you generous donors out there! The 1000 Cut Challenge event raised $810 for Japanese Earthquake Relief efforts! I’m really quite pleased by this, considering the small number of brave, valiant participants we had. We averaged...

Been Destroyed Lately?

I recently watched the movie “Whiplash”. Here’s a scene that reminds me of some kendo sensei I’ve met. Note: this is a NSFW clip due to coarse language and violence. When I say this reminds me of sensei I’ve met, I mean it. There are some...