13th President Trophy Kendo Competition‏ Hong Kong

January 25, 2011

By Ken

8th January 2010, day before my first team tournament, the 13th President Trophy Kendo Competition, we were training at the Tai Kwok Tsui centre.  I was very lucky to be selected to participate and represent Shoujinkan. 
 
After our usual kendo kata session, Sensei had the tournament team members prepare via mock shiai so that on the day of the tournament, we could properly demonstrate rei, our spirit, our resolve and hopefully our best kendo.  As a person who learns best kinesthetically, this was the best way for me to prepare, since my body would remember everything for me.
 
 
9th January 2010, I arrived at the hall and warmed up with the rest of the team.  Although not particularly nervous, I practiced some kendo kata, as I found it very useful in regulating my ki and reinforcing my mental state.  After a wonderful iaido performance we went down to business.  Our team was starting first against HKUST team A.  My position was chuken and after wins from MJ and Ando-san, it was my turn.  The pressure was on to win it for the team. Fortunately, my opponent did not seem to be very prepared and I was able to defeat him with 2 men strikes.  I remember making do and kote strikes but not achieving ippon, which tells me there is a lot for me to work on.
 
And then came the women’s team as our opponents. This is a rather humiliating defeat on my part but also the shiai which has exposed many of my weaknesses.  In our early exchange my opponent had got ippon on me via men.  I was not too worried as I thought there were plenty of chances to catch up.  But unfortunately I found myself in a position which I am not very experienced at which is when my opponent is sticking to me like mud with no intention to attack.  I found that my tai-atari was not very effective as it was tiring to use and did not force her to stay back.  After a while of seeing her sticking so close, it occurred to me that this may have been a tactic to use up time as she was leading on ippon.  I started attacking using a hiki-do and men combination hoping to break the deadlock.  It was to no avail, although I was hitting her, I was not achieving ippon.  She was defending her men very well and although I tried to charge through her attack after attack, I was not getting anywhere. 
 
Finally my classic embarrassing moment arrived.  My hiki-do had pushed me to the edge of the boundary.  My opponent gave chase and pushed me back one more step.  Suddenly I noticed my left foot was on the line and my right foot just before it in mid air. I couldn’t take a single step back, or it would be hanzoku and the shiai over. But out of ideas, I tried to hold on, with one leg. I think she understood this as suddenly my opponent found the strength from somewhere to push me and after holding on for what seemed like an eternity, I finally fell.  At the time I was annoyed, because I felt she had no intention to strike, that she was trying to win rather cheaply.  But then again, I have only myself to blame and in hindsight am rather grateful for the lessons learnt in this shiai.  It had exposed many things I need to improve on such as striking at chika mai, hiki technique, footwork, being observant of my the boundaries and most importantly controlling my mental state.  Since kendo is not just about winning or losing against an opponent but more importantly, winning against one’s own self.
 
(Although having said all that, I do admit that after seeing my opponent in her next round get a the first ippon via do on the younger Chan brother, HK representative, did make me feel better)
 
My only regret in the tournament was that our team was not allowed to shiai with the heavyweight HKKA team who were in the same group as us. But I believe there will be a next time and when that time comes, our team will be stronger.

By Peter

這次是我第二次為館出戰劍道大皇杯,心情雀躍。最意外的是第一場便到我們上陣。

比賽完結,我不敢說那一場的表現比較好,因為覺得自己仍有很大的進步空間,我只知道下一場,下一場我會更好!回看比賽的錄影片段,看到對手只要做得好一些,我早就敗陣了。我會把自己所看到的和在比賽時所感覺到的弱點抄了下來,例如:連續打擊後經常會不夠氣,衝動,思緒會因時間久了而亂等等。記下來並作出改善。此外,也記下了自己如何得一本,因何失掉一本等。這些對我來說都是重要的!

說到準備,我只知道照著先生,前輩們說的去練習便沒錯了,因為他們比我們更早學習劍道,經驗一定比我們多。在跟先生,前輩們劍道Keiko的時候,他們會指出你要改善的地方和不好的習慣。當然,不能說一下子就能改善,但我相信時間可以改變一切,只要我們勤加練習和緊記指導,一定可以變得更出色!劍道是需要大量的體能去支持的,我只在比賽前一,兩個星期去加強操練。這當然不足夠,體能是要累積的,不是隨便做一兩下便有,要持之以恆!

劍道比賽是需要強大的體能,除了基本的練習,即做suburi和一些打擊練習(men,kote,do)外,還需要做一些帶氧運動,掌上壓等等,這能確保有足夠的體力,臂力去支持自己。當然,這純是我個人的看法,我認為要自己找一個最適合的練習方法才是最有效的。另外,不要看輕你的對手,不論是女性、男性、剛上甲的、身型細小的,你有這種想法已輸了一半。對手高段過你的,也不用怕,只需做好你平常所學的,便行了。

希望下一次比賽可以有更多兄弟參與,因為比賽是一個容易獲得經驗的地方。會知道自己的水平,從而改善,精進。但願下次能跟你們一同作戰!

By Yuina

大皇杯のシティー大学チームの大将は、精進館に
稽古に来ているダニーでした。
わたしは中堅にて、1試合目、お相手(男性)
上段でした。1本とられましたが、2本目は
ねばりにねばり、時間切れとなりました。
この試合、一瞬でもひるまかなった自分に拍手を
送りたいほどです。3分が短く感じられました。

後半は上段から中段に変わりました。

2試合目は、HKKAチームの男性と勝負。
2本取られました。まっすぐ飛び込む勢いで
攻め、相打ち状態でお相手の技が早くリーチ
しました。

どちらも全然違うタイプで、とても勉強に
なりました。

ダニーは、2試合とも大将として立派に戦い、
2試合目は、わたしが2本とられた分、
しっかり、メン2本を取り返してくださいました。
まっすぐ、強い、すばらしいメンでした。

大学生のみなさんと同じチームになれて
よかったです。一番大事なチームワークが
できあがったこと、感謝しています。

初対面でも、心が通じ合えたことは、試合の
運びに大いに善い影響がありました。
観衆とも心が繋がった「空間」ができあがり、
多いに盛り上がりました。

それは、チームメンバーが本気で闘い、力を
出し尽くしたお陰だと思います。自己ベストを
尽くし、メンバーが応援する、これがどれほど
心強いことか、とても善い経験をいただきました。

真剣に応援してくれる仲間がいる、
本当に有難いことです。

試合が終わり、一人一人と試合の感想を話しました。
みなさん、とても楽しかった、ベストを尽くすこと、
仲間を応援することなど、チームワークの大事さを
ちゃんと汲み取って下さいました。

特にダニーは素直にこの経験から大いに学べたと
喜んでくださり、今後の彼の剣道に役に立つこと
でしょう。わたしも大いに彼らから学びました。

大学生チームとも楽しく交流できて、大収穫です。

竹刀を交えれば、あらゆる境界を越えて、
心を通わすことができる、再確認です。
すばらしいです。

感動いっぱいの一日でした。

ダニーの活躍を岸川先生にも見ていただきたかったです。

高瀬

by Anthony

不知不覺中,已進入道場兩年了。從學習基本道場禮儀,每周的練習,到上甲,一切都是全新的體驗,好像回到上小學一年級的情景呢!

在道場中的生活是快樂的,最使人感動的是先生身體力行的嚴格指導,還有就是每一個人強烈的上進心,來道場可不是玩的,要戰鬥,要變強。變強的不只是劍技、體技,而且要有強的心,和貫徹禮,這是劍道的根本。這些都在學習和嘗試中,要各位道場的前輩們多多指教。

從上年開始參加比賽,那是進步的重要一環。勝敗並不是關鍵,最重要的是從中汲取經驗,才能更上一層樓。

在未來的日子中,希望可以和大家一起在道場中開心地練習,共同進步!

梁志賢

 Some feeling of the last tournament                    by MJ

I was not doing well during Warm-up. I did not prepare to it. And also our sensei cannot attend to the kendo tournament. I was getting more nervous. I need to learn that how to be a good leader.

We did our best at the last tournament. We were sad about our lost. I believe that every one want to be the winner in the tournament. But It is not the own target of our kendo. It doesn’t matter that we lose in the tournament because we could learn from the tournament. Like: “As a swordman, what attitude I should have when my teammate win or lose” and “how I can help my teammate?”, etc.

 But I was mind to the opponent. How? After I got the first “Ippon” on the match, I was thinking about should I fight with full spirit, full energy or not. Should I show mercy to the opponent? Might be it is a dangerous thought. (May be some bodies know that what I am talking about.  lol).

Anyway, It is really a good experience of us.

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