Beach training (Rocky I Project) May 10th, 2011

May 24, 2011

 

 by Franki Tang

 Rocky Project

  I am very happy to share my feelings of our activities at Deep Water Bay of Buddist Holiday on 10 May 2011.  It was very suitable for outdoor activity on that sunny day and many of our members of “Shonjinkan” Team have joined it.  We have done more difficult practices on the beach and we use Shinai to have more practice and running on the sand, sit up, free-weight   , trunk twist with heavy stone and that why we called it as “Rocky” project. 

 From the practice, it can let me know why we need train at the beach.  Moreover, there are many peoples watching to us what we are doing.  Some of them are very curious but some of them disliked us.  We are not minded that and we have spent the whole day to practice our Kendo and Keiko at the Dojo.  Moreover, there are many people have watched me how to do the practice, how to do the Keiko which made me feeling uncomfortable and have pressure so I need to overcome all difficulties. 

 Finally, I found that it was an meaningful training to all Shoujinkan Team and many thanks of Sensei to hold this Rocky project.   


by Jackie

On May 10th, Shoujinkan made a visit to the beach.

It was a beautiful day, blue sky, cools winds and very clear air.

We went to Deep water bay beach. Just after we arrived, we started running on the beach. Running in the sand is very good practice! You have to use different muscles than usualand it strengthens the thighs and torso of the body. It is also a very good workout!!

After a while everyone started to arrive. We had all brought somefood, water and our Shinai. All the boys also ran a few times up and down the beach.

Many of the members were swimming and playing with the kids, Alan, Kelly, Clive, David, Zander and Xavier.It was decided after some swimming that the next event would be wrestling in the sand. Sensei drew a large ring in the sand and we all had to wrestle within this ring.The strongest wrestlers were Mj and Ken, who demonstrated great skill! Moving body weight and the opponents body weight against themself was difficult in the sand. Even the kids had a go!

Next we had to lift a big rock above our heads, while keeping our balance in the waves! This was good fun and everyone had a go. The same rock was then used when doing twisting torso sit ups!

After lunch, our shinai’s were brought out and we practiced some kihon, men and subari, all while standing in the waves. This was interesting as we felt our bodies were moving fast, when actually they were moving very slowly against the water. We had to focus on balance as well as trying to do each hit correctly. It was very good practice!

The whole day was great fun. Practice like this, although fun, is actually a very good way of checking how your body is moving during our hitting and swing. Because we are in the sand and water, we have to move correctly in order to keep balance. If we don’t move correctly, we cannot make the hit.

I think days like this are very important to a dojo. It brings all the members together in an environment which is different. Everyone is relaxed and this encourages people to talk and make friends. I think especially for the beginners, as they see everyone in a different frame of mind. This will encourage sharing of experiences and deepen friendships.

I visited Japan in March, and the dojo ‘felt ‘ like a special place. Although in Hong Kong we do not have a physical dojo like Japan, I think by bringing everyone together like this will build a special ‘feeling’ inside for everyone.

By doing this Shoujinkan will become a special place, due to the bond and friendships ‘felt’ after such gatherings. This in turn I hope will encourage hard keiko! Many left with fond memories of races, wrestling and keiko on the beach with Sensei, as well as some sunburn!! We all look foward to the next Shoujinkan outing!

by MJ Lee

“Rocky project I”

We enjoy to the sun shine and training at deep water bay at 10/5. We were swimming, do relay race, sumo, suburi, kirikaeshi on the sand,etc. But the part that made me most impressive was relay race.

I was being the Taisho of the team. Proberbily , win or lose were not important at that time but team spirit.Our team was fall behind when it was the last two match. As a taisho , I need to trace back. Like…Like…It’s quite differcult to me to explain what feeling was. Here is a video from youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gis8zU5Zf8I

Otherwise, we enjoy nice sun shine and keiko(se-me only) on the sand. My shoulder became a Tenpura under the sun. Wa..I ‘m so painful on my both shoulder!

      But anyway, I want to shoot Rocky project II. Many members missed this time.

by Peter

  藍天白雲、椰林樹影、水清沙幼,細細地享受陽光是我對這次沙灘訓練的一種幼想。

  深水灣是一個不錯的地點之一,是次的訓練內容包括沿岸邊來回跑,竹劍的練習,一些負重訓練,掌上壓和仰臥起坐等。內容很基本,也不能說特別辛苦,只是在萬里無雲的天空和猛烈的陽光底下,已教我們吃不消!

  除了訓練,這也是一個很好的機會給我們互相認識,彼此的了解。當作是一次旅程讓大家利用一天的假期去放鬆,暫時把工作放下。

  對於我館第一次舉辦這類型的訓練還算滿意的。當然,這只是第一次,相信接下來的會辨得更好!

P.S 說好的續集幾時開始呢?

by Alan

The Beach

Hi! I am Alan. This is a funny story.

On 10 March 2011(Tuesday), I went to the beach. I was very excited. We met Jackie. She was with Clive and David. I was very happy to see them. I play with them on the train. They nonstop-ask “Where is M.J.?”

At Last I arrive at the beach. I run with my dad. I ran 5 whole times! My foot was burning! I was so hot after I ran I jumped in the water-relived. Soon other guys who do Kendo arrived! Then dad asked them how many times they ran. They replied. I was fuming. Only 4 times! Then they stuck out their tongue! So I charged at them. They fell on the sand!

Soon we all had a Sumo match. I won Clive and David. They charged at me until they gave up. After that me, Clive and David played on a phone. But not long. Then we swam to the raft. Then we arrived first! When they arrived they were mad. They charged but they always missed. Then we pushed them down. At last we jumped on them. They had fallen under the raft. When they came out their hair was really gross. It was like a battle. The Child’s escaped. I rowed with Clive. David was on a blue raft on the back. He pushed everyone in the back. When they came up we were ready for a fight. We had 2 plans. Plan 1. We charged at them. They fell and they charged at us. Plan 2. Fleeeeeeeeeee! We jumped on the boat. They chased us. We rowed to shore while David picked up seaweed. Then we made traps. When they came up, M.J (the lead person) fell in the trap. It took him 10 minutes for him to climb up. Soon we had a race. I did not know who won. Then I played with Clive and David. Soon they had to leave. I was alone. I had to run and defeat them. At last I had to leave. It was very exciting.

HA!             HA!           HA!


“1000” and “初段”

May 16, 2011

 

by MJ

“1000”

 1000 haya-suburi is one of the legends of our dojo. Every one who are going to try the “初段”exam need to pass through the 1000 haya-suburi.

I was afraid that I can not complet it because we need to do 1000 suburi in big movement version (bring the shi-nai / boku-tou to our back). I felt hard during half of the 1000 suburi.

But I should not give up unless I can not do the “初段”exam. I was inspiring myself as I thought I will die if I am in battlefield. For me, I000 suburi doesn’t mean the exchange condition of “初段”. But the breakthrough to the next step of our kendo. And as a”初段”member have more responsibilities in the dojo.

“初段”

Thank you for your teaching, Sensei. And I want to thank to every Senpai and also all of the members in our dojo because of you practice with me.

Three of members of our dojo went to take dan exam on that day who were Ando senpai, Peter and me.

I still remember that It was a rainy day. The sky was gray and weather was cool. The mood seems not well. I was very nervous on the exam day. Nervous about what will happen if I fail.

But some of the members told me that be confidence and do it with 100% spirit. Thank you for the support !

We line up on the center of the court and waiting for the exam. My heart was pulsating so quick when I walked to the center of the court. Seems can not breathe. I was doing seiza and mokkuso on their and waiting for the exam.

 “108 , 109” 109 was my candidate number. We need to do two rounds “tachi-ai”. Shimpan will decide who pass or fail in the taichi-ai part. The candidate who passes here can proceed to the next part-kendo kata.

I felt very strange because I can not do what I want or do what i usually do in our dojo. I started to freeze. My exam partner attack to me like a wild animal. I tried to calm down. I think I was like a beginner who is just wear the bogu for few days. I don’t think I did very well about my tachi-ai part although I passed.

For the kendo kata. My partner was from the mainland. He was being shi-tachi side and I was being uchi-tachi side. I was worry about kata part because my partner kept watching to my ken-sen. I don’t know that did he receive my signal. So, I must leading to it and blend with the opponent as one.

Lastly, three of us succeed with the dan exam.


Some thoughts about Iaido

May 9, 2011

 

by Jackie

I had started Kendo about a year before I started Iaido. After my Kendo class, I used to watch the Iaido practice. I always thought it looked dignified and with purpose. Over the last year I had learned from Sensei the origins behind Kendo and why we do certain things. What always remained in my head was that we had to see the shinai as the sword. I found this very hard. While watching the Iaido, I could see how this applied. I wanted to feel the difference between the shinai and the actual katana, and perhaps feel the same way about my shinai. So I decided to start. At first I found the movements very difficult and was thinking more of the next move rather than what Iaido was about. I was very surprised how tired I got due to the mental concentration.  But after a long time, I have now found that Kendo and Iaido are linked. It as taken me a long time, but now I can ‘feel’ Iaido that I didn’t before. It feels beautiful, strong and with purpose, yet showing dignity and respect for the opponent. Kendo now looks and feels different for me since I started Iaido. Waving the bamboo stick around is not empty anymore, and I understand the significance of the strike in Kendo. I also understand the strong link with Kendo and Iaido in that we must always have an alertness of mind, and every movement has purpose.

There are still many things both in Kendo and Iaido that I find very difficult, but it is a life long path which I hope to continue. I wanted to start Iaido to enrich my Kendo experience. In turn it has given me the respect and meaningful aspect to Kendo, Iaido and many other aspects of my life.

Before Enshiki there are many points to think about. But they may come under two headings: etiquette and safety.

Etiquette is important, making sure we display correct etiquette we are showing that we are alert at all times to what we are doing. We should make sure that our clothes are not wrinkled and neat. This displays discipline and shows that we take the practice seriously. Before crossing the door to the dojo, we must stop and bow. In doing this we are accepting the fact that we now leaving the busy world outside, to concentrate on practice. This should be seen as the beginning of practice. Next we must pay respect to our Sensei. We should approach and bow, in doing this we are asking for his/her teaching that is to come. We then pay respect to our dojo members. Without them, we cannot learn or find our weak spots. We also bow and in doing so thank them in advance. Next we bow to Shomen. Rei to Shomen reminds us of where we are and what we are about to do. We also need to make sure that during seiza, we keep our senpai to the right of us. Our movements should be deliberate yet natural. Constant attention should be paid to our outward movements at all times. Therefore moving around, we should walk with control and politeness. Never slouch against a wall when standing. This displays laziness, not paying attention and an empty mind.

Safety is another important aspect to care for before Enshiki. We must inspect our katana before Enshiki to make sure it is clean and no parts are damaged. If we need to clean it, we must find a space where there are no people, away from the dojo entrance and sit down in seiza.We must be aware of our space within the dojo and others. We must always walk quietly behind others and never step over a katana. Stepping over a katana displays total lack of respect for the weapon. If others are practicing, we must wait quietly and then walk behind them when they have completed their kata. We must always keep our space between us and others especially when all are doing kata. Keeping in mind these points before Enshiki demonstrates alertness and spatial awareness so important to the practice of Iaido.

Seiza may be seen as a form of Rei. As a result, posture should be correct. Iaido teaches us to be mindful about our environment as well as our movements. This would suggest that movements be performed in a proper manner. Therefore we should be aware of our posture during seiza. Incorrect posture would suggest lack of spirit, Rei and sharpness of mind. To attain a correct posture we should sit in a kneeling position, but not resting totally on our heels. This gives our bodies a feeling of readiness to rise quickly and smoothly. Our backs should be straight but not unatural, with shoulders relaxed but open. We should have a feeling of our shoulder blades touching. Hands should be placed on the top of our thighs, with the fingers closed. Elbows should be tucked in touching our torso. In this way, the katana can be handled in the correct way. Our knees should be a fist-width apart to help us rise in a stable manner. Heads should be held naturally, with our eyes focusing on the ground, about 3 feet away, so we may see all that is around us. Seiza is not just a sitting position, it is a state of awareness of ourselves and our environment. If posture is not correct, we cannot attain this state of awareness. Rei means respect and discipline. Having the correct posture during seiza demonstrates that we have disciplined our bodies, and that we show respect to ourselves, our katana and our opponents.