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...

Reflections on Cambridge Multi-Practice

Yesterday the Cambridge Kendo Club hosted the Hamilton and Hayakawa Kendo Clubs (and 1 each from the University of Waterloo and York University Kendo Clubs) for a multi-club practice. 20 people on the floor may not seem like many when compared to larger clubs, but...

Certificate Day

Brian getting his 1st kyu certificate Dylan getting his shodan certificate Proud sensei moment 🙂 In kendo we don’t wear belts as part of the uniform. The only thing that distinguishes one kendoka’s ability from another is – their ability 🙂 That being...

The Last Practice at the Dojo

It’s been my experience at several dojos that when a student leaves, there is a special “goodbye” keiko with that person. This is usually done with people who anticipate continuing kendo elsewhere. For those who are leaving because they fine...

FIK Shimpan Seminar Notes

It’s been a week since last weekend’s FIK Shimpan Seminar held in Toronto. I jotted down some notes after the seminar, but wanted to reflect on them a bit before putting them online. One point emphatically made at every shimpan seminar I have been to is...