at Wong Tai Sin venue
（上星期）六月十一日及十二日，我們接待兩位由日本前來的劍士，分別是Makoto Tsuchiya（土屋誠）先生（六段）及Takashi Funamoto（船本隆）先生（三段）。
at To Kwa Wan venue
2 Jodan Kenshis (上段劍士) visit to Hong Kong
We received a visit last week, 11th/12th of June, of 2 great Kenshis from Japan, Mr. Makoto Tsuchiya 6th dan and Mr. Takashi Funamoto 3rd dan.
It was a memorable event for all, as Mr. Tsuchiya is a Jodan practioner and have been participating in many tournaments in Japan as Taisho (captain), and Mr. Funamoto is a Nitoh ( 2 swords style) kenshi for years.
Both practiced together with Shoujinkan members and shared not only their technical knowledge in Jodan/Nitoh styles, but also the experience in their long career as Kenshi.
Mr. Funamoto made a seminar to the young members about his experience in the childhood, university (Kokushikan University), and his current job activity in a Security company. He emphasized how Kendo has helped him to keep alert and keep calm even in a stressful job as he has to risk his own life every day.
In another hand, Mr. Tsuchiya, also previous student from Kokushikan University, helped giving instructions in Kendo Kata, and making a seminar to our experienced members about Jodan. His sincere opinion about the advantages/disadvantages of playing Jodan, the technical tips when facing a Jodan player was remarkable.
Some high senior members commented that never visitor senseis made such useful comments like that in Hong Kong before!
During the practice using bougu, both showed extreme dedication in sharing their spirit, we could observe how serious and hard working they practiced with our members.
But Kendo was not the only activity we shared. After every keiko we could relax in the 2nd Dojo enjoying some great Chinese dishes altogether, it was a nice opportunity to all to talk about their opinions and consolidate friendship with our guests. Some members also joined guiding them in city tour during their 3 days trip!
Some comments about Shoujinkan from them:
1) The mood inside the dojo is very friendly, nice. Even in Japan is difficult to find a place where all members interact in an environment like a big family.
2) Our guests were extremely happy for our members’ friendship, promising return to Hong Kong next year.
3) They said people are lucky for learning from Kishikawa sensei, that Kishikawa sensei has developed special methods of practicing, leading people to get better fast in a short time!
at Tai Kok Tsui venue
Our members also had comments about this great experience.
Some of their comments below.
by God Gordon
Mr. Makoto Doi (6th Dan) and Mr. Takashi Funamoto (3rd Dan). I attended both practices on the 11th and 12th June.
The first practice, on the night of the 11th was at To Kwa Wan.
We have many beginners at this session, which is very good I feel for others as it gives us a chance to check ourselves and check our basics
in Kendo. Mr. Makoto Doi and Mr.Takashi Funamoto joined in with us during the warm up. After which, we did some basic waza and then keiko.
Mr. Funamoto usually uses nito, but he had injured his wrist, so he was using jodan instead. Even with this ‘disadvantage’, he was still able to
hit very good ippon with us, and have a good keiko!
During my keiko with Mr. Funamoto I found his timing very fast, and his movements came from his body more that his arms. I could see this is what Kishikawa Sensei is trying to teach us.
We then watched Kishikawa Sensei and Mr. Makoto Doi during their keiko. It is always a wonderful experience watching seniors. Everything looks very easy! Timing, footwork,
movement of the body and kiai. Watching is one of the ways to ‘absorb’ kendo, as you can see for yourself the things that you are trying to acheive. While watching their Keiko I was able to feel the energy building before each strike and the commitment in each strike. Amazing!
The next session was at Wong Tai Sin on 12th June. Here we did the same outlined practice, but half way through the session, Mr. Funamoto spoke to us about how Kendo has affected his life.
What I felt from his talk was how much passion he had for Kendo. No matter how busy he was in his life, he always had time for Kendo.
In my mind what he was saying was ‘ if you want something in life you have to go out and grab it with both hands’. He also told us that there are many aspects of kendo that he can use in his daily life, such as being aware, in a state of Zanshin. Also having respect for others and working hard at whatever is needed to be done.
We then moved dojo to Tai Kok Tsui. Here we practiced some kendo kata.
Mr. Makoto Doi instructed some of us about kata. We are always taught that Kendo Kata is not just a series of movements. It has to show feeling and zanshin. Watching Mr. Makoto Doi demonstrated this to us!
Mr. Makoto Doi is also the champion at jodan. What was interesting was that he decided to challenge himself to perfecting jodan rather than chudan kamae, because kendo style had changed over the years. He explained how we could change our kamae slightly when faced with an opponent in jodan. This was very interesting. During my keiko with him, I tried the technique he was teaching us, but it was still very difficult to make ippon! I found during my keiko that he was very stable, solid and did not make very many unecessary moves. But his strikes were fast and clean.
It was a great experience on both days. Not only to meet with like-minded people, but also to meet individuals who have mastered Kendo and from them learn a little more about your own style.
What I learned from these two days is that we should never be afraid to try something new.
Everything we do, we should do from the heart with passion, or not at all.
I also learned a little more about what I am doing wrong with my Kendo. This can only be a good experience!
But I also learned that Kendo can help us through all aspects of our lives, and not just the times when in the dojo!
second Dojo at HK pork bone style Hot Pot restaurant