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Monday, December 14, 2009

57th All Japan Kendo Championship - 3rd Nov. 2009

57th All Japan Kendo Championship - 3rd Nov. 2009

The 57th AJKC at the Nippon Budokan has just finished. As usual, KW were there reporting on the main event in the kendo calendar. This year, as we did last year, we brought you up-to-date information and results. See the tournament summary, tournament ladder, competitor profiles and Hamish's live feed below. Also, for those of you who do not live in Japan or could not watch NHK, we will be uploading videos to our YouTube page ( as soon as we can. (Finals and 2nd semi-final uploaded now)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Back At it Again

Back in the Dojo to get it right this time around have had a few sessions under my belt and the pain is just starting to wear off.I have a lot of support from my Girl so i can feel this is going to become an intricate part of our lives.only for more Keikos left this year before the Christmas break so ill try and get as mush time in as i can.lots of new faces in the Dojo which is great to see the club growing so much .ill keep the posts going as well as pics really soon.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

its about time!

welll after a long holiday my ankle injury and a throat infection(thanx to my neighbor) i finally made it to the dojo and had a great work out learned two new katas they didnt come to quick and i got the feeling sensei was getting a bit frustrated with me but when i did finally get them down he broke into a big smile and it felt good to feel that someone was proud of me for doing somehting right it a feeling i havent felt in a very long time but just when it was going smooth times up end of keiko damn but did continue to practice a bit while some of the more exp. students trained in armour i guess i put myself behind the guys that joined same time due to missing so many practices wll thats ok i'll just go extra hard and make up for it . Good news tho the 46 Annual Steveston tounament is coming up February 9th 2008 should be really good the word is that this is a pretty major event in the kendo community so we will go and represent Sunrise Dojo with Honour and Pride. I will get lots of footage and shots so i will have some good stuff to post for the 2 people that may or may not read this blog

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

If at first you dont succeed

Well if i didn't do a good enough job of screwing up me achillies tendon before i certainly did it now went to keiko( keiko: Practice.)on Monday and as soon as i got onto hardwood with my bare feet i could tell it was gonna be bad but i suffered through it i figure with the wrong way i planted my feet in the original keiko when it first started hurting and with Mondays keiko it is now gonna take awhile to heal but what doesn't kill you......... .So i will probably miss next keiko and let it heal but we will see i have been using the tried and true method of nursing an injured foot back to health,R.I.C.E.(Rest,Ice,Compression,Elevation).At Monday's keiko we started 3 new katas (kata: A prearranged sequence of movements (techniques) used in martial arts training.) two of them i caught on right away but the third damn with the foot taking up all my concentration it was shitty but even a bad day at keiko is a good day.On the upside got to know Sensei better had a good conversation with him after and he really is a good man he seemed genuine in every sense and also very willing to lend his knowledge(not just about kendo) and wisdom if you are willing to receive it he is from Kyoto originally and is going there this holiday season to visit his mother(93yrs old) for 2-3 weeks.He liked the fact i was learning Japanese and i guess it will make it way easier to communicate for him as so much of kendo terminology can only be explained in Japaneses. after keiko Sensei is easy going and humor I think we will have a long and rewarding relationship.I think when i do move to Japan i think i will move to Kyoto as it is very centralized and is the most historic city there but still has a good nightlife, wll have to investigate

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Teddy Bear Toss

I just wanted to put a quick blurb in about the Vancouver Giants WHL hockey teams charity event that happened tonight at the Pacific Colosseum which was a great success over 10,700 people in attendance and twice as many stuffed toys thrown on to the ice all of which go to children's charities we (inc. myself)could all take a little more time out of our lives to help people not as fortunate.We all get the giving spirit around this time of year which is nice but we need to keep that spirit going all through the year.That will be my 1st New Years resolution to spend less time doing nothing and more time doing the right thing, why?Because it is the right thing!Oh and by the way the Giant's won 2-0...... go G's!

P.S. I am going kendogi shopping next week should be pretty sweet new gear cant wait!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

What Was I Thinking?

Well people i did the absoluely unthinkable yesterday................ I MISSED KENDO CLASS!!!!
I feel like a P.O.S for doing it too.I did have an excuse though but excuses are like assholes everybody has one and the are usually shitty.My excuse however was that the ankle mention in my previoue post was bothere me quite a bit so instead of going to class and probably irratating it for the next three weeks(and really hurting it bad)and maybe missing a few classes i decided to miss one class let it heal up and go twice as hard on monday.So this morning i was awoken by a hwling cat stuck in a tree in the park across the street.It was so loud and finally after an hour or more someone went and coaxed it down i am assuming that the suceeded because i havent heard anything in along time. But maybe it didnt come down and is still stuck there.......stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ashes to Ashes

Well Mondays practice was especially hard due to the fact that earlier in the day i tripped like a fool going up my stairs and hurt my really felt like a sprain at class but i worked it through it mostly because of the fact that i thought it was just sore from going hard with footwork.Well it wasn't but what doesn't kill ya....... did a sprain ever kill anyone? Probably not but it hurts like hell that's for sure .well Sensei Uegaki told me i need to practice straightening my arms more in my cuts and strikes i tend to bend my left elbow at the bottom of the cut and it need to be straight with a small downward flick of the wrist at the end. I wish i had a higher ceiling in my apartment well if i could i would live in a Dojo but that going to happen anytime soon,so for now maybe I'll just use the park across the way but is that gonna be to smart?? A 6foot tall black guy with tatoos, i might add, swinging a wooden sword around in east Vancouver?? Well you never know till you try it and it maybe kind of an exciting change to a pretty dull life as of late(except for Kendo nights).My other asked me when i was going to get a wife the other day?? kind of a strange question because i know she doesn't want me to get a girlfriend maybe she want grand kids or something ?She got a bad phone call today her brother who had a stroke a couple of weeks ago took a turn for the worst.Don't think he is long for this world and i think it makes her concerned about her own mortality as he is her last of i think 6 brothers ..ya its 6 well she did get to have allot of contact with him in the months before the stroke. You know the need to do more research into the fact that when 2 people or living together for over fifty years somehow their life force becomes connected and when one dies the other usually dies within the first year and it seems it is mostly occurs when the male spouse outlives the female ie: the saying "he died of a broken heart".I think that women may have a stronger life force than men as they tend to live a quite a while longer after their male partners pass on.hmmmm makes me think ?????

Friday, December 7, 2007

Once again its on

Well another practice down and another step taken towards Japan you never know what your breaking point is till your forced to face by a 77 yr old man with a samurai sword making you do so.But you do it and go on and after you feel way better for having done it well like i say"Don't be pushed by your problems be led by your Dreams".
At this pace i should be going for my next Dan in 6 months or less,don't want to rush it because "chance favors the prepared mind",basically with a little less bullshit spun into it i wanna make sure i know everything i can .I would rather take the extra months and be sure i am ready or fo that matter Sensei Uegaki be sure i am ready than race into it half assed. I'll have some photos from the Dojo to post next week so check em out.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

55th All Japan Kendo Championship was held on 3rd November 2007 at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.

Teramoto ( Osaka) 1 st place !!!!Teramoto ( Osaka ) beat Takanabe ( Kanagawa ) at the final match. -- Final match -- After Takanabe get first Men, Teramato hit 2 Men