Hong Kong Junior members’ camp at Fukuoka University of Education

April 8, 2014

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Hong Kong Junior delegation with senseis

Hong Kong Junior members, leaded by Kishikawa sensei 8th dan Kyoshi, joined the Kendo Winter Camp at Fukuoka University of Education in January/2014.

Being the first time such program aiming to boost the kendo development of junior members in Hong Kong, it was fully supported by LCSD and executed in a serious way by HKKA.

Through daily practice within Japanese university students, Junior members could experience, through daily and tough practice in Japan’s coldest season, how mind power and control was built in Kendo practice.

Below some reflection of our dojo members who joined this camp.

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over 100 people joining morning keiko

Fukuoka training camp 23/1/2014-27/1/2014    by  Alan

In Fukuoka, it was very cold. So during Keiko, most of the Hong Kong players were half frozen to death. The first time, I did Keiko, I couldn’t hold my shinai properly and missed a lot of times. So once I got used to cold (took 2 days), I was really happy that I might get better and improve but the result was the same, I got beaten easily by the intensive Keiko. I learned a lot of things in Fukuoka in the 5 days I had. Some things, I can continue in Hong Kong, but others, it would be impossible.

The coaches there were very strict about body posture and was always trying to teach us (Junior Squad members) about it. For some reason, we always were always the ones that needed improvement-but I was glad because we could learn more-and since we were always the main people who had to be corrected, we learnt a lot. I was given advice on how to do a taiatari by some senseis and how to hit a proper hiki-waza by another sensei. Each sensei had their own advice for me so I learnt a lot.

The players at Japan were very nice and were very encouraging on keeping us on an endless battle with the senseis. Although I learned a lot I found it very tiring and couldn’t find too many positive thoughts about the students. After every Keiko, they would teach us things about the dojo philosophy. The senseis would teach us techniques and posture improvements but the students would teach us the dojo philosophy. The dojo philosophy was very different to Hong Kong so we learnt a lot.

The most important thing that I improved was willpower. Waking up at 4:00 in the morning is something that can easily strengthen your willpower. Also, I was able to withstand the freezing cold for 5 days so I think that it helped me strengthen my willpower also. Besides, even surviving the Keiko boosted my self-esteem by a lot so I was very happy. So after coming back from Japan, I think that my willpower is stronger than before by a lot.

Although I think that the most important thing I developed my willpower, I couldn’t have had done that without the other members in the Hong Kong Junior Squad. They helped me a lot during the trip. I mean, I wasn’t ready mentally. In fact, a lot of things there were things that I didn’t expect. And without the other members, I don’t think I would have had made it to day 3! So I am really grateful for everyone’s help. I have to thank them and the senpai for everything that happened (the safety stuff) so that everyone was happy and safe. (Especially me since I’m a kid)

 

There were many skills, techniques and advice that couldn’t be given in Hong Kong. That was why I was so happy when the sensei taught me and corrected me. I think I brought back a lot of knowledge from Japan back to Hong Kong and am very happy and willing to share it with everyone. I think that a lot of people will be able to be learn about kendo and its philosophy if they went to Japan.

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special technical practice for HK Junior members

FUKUOKA KANGEIKO     by Bonnie

It took me some time to digest what had been happened during the kangeiko. Actually the kangeiko training started when I decided to join the camp. Knowing from some of the seniors, the Japanese university training was very tough. I worried that I could not bear the training; therefore, I started jogging around a month before going to Japan. Moreover, with intensity of the squad train, I was physically prepared for the kangeiko. The other challenge arrived when I received the schedule of the kangeiko. We needed to leave the hotel at 5:10am, and arrive the dojo at 5:30am. That means we needed to wake up at 4:30, which was 3:30am in Hong Kong time!! It was a big challenge for me. I tried to adjust my sleeping pattern 1 week before going to Japan. Ya… the kangeiko was tough and we had to wake up super early every morning, but we did not late for once and came back alive.

The kangeiko gave me a valuable experience. The university student let me experienced the right attitude of learning and great fighting spirit. The university student arrived at least 30 minutes before the practice started. We cleaned the dojo’s floor, setup sensei’s Bogu and be ready by 5:50am. During the practice, not even a second was waste. From moving one spot to another spot, we RUN not walk. Students put on their men under 30 seconds and then ran to sensei for practice immediately. Whenever they knew we were having doubt or difficulties, they helped us as once. Even though some of them were not able to communicate with us in English, they did not hold any hesitation to help. In the first practice, one of the students lead the warm up like what we did; however, their Kiai and spirit was totally different from us. They put out 100% of their Kiai. They gave me a feeling that they have decided to put 100% of their effort in the practice without holding back a tiny drop of their energy. They have showed me the right attitude that I should have in every practice and challenge. Whenever we decided to do something, we should use 100% of energy and effort in order not to waste any opportunity in our lives.

In the last practice, there was a birthday girl. Everyone gave her a special birthday “gift”. She was being pushed, thrown on the floor, and asked to do endless kirikaeshi and kakarekeiko. Everytime she fell down, she got back up immediately. She hit every hit with 100%, without resting, without walking, without waiting, without any break. She kept going and going to every sensei and senpai for 2 hours. I was impressed by her spirit! Beside the techniques, skill and physical strengths that I needed to learn from the university students, I needed to learn their fighting spirit. There was another student, who worked at the restaurant at night and came to the practice in the early morning. I should not complain about getting up early when we were enjoying the dinner and she was working. She showed to me that she did not make any excuse and came to practice on time with full spirit. This is the right attitude that I should learn. Facing challenges, it is very easy for us to make excuse and escape from it. However, in order to grow, to improve, we need to face the challenges.

Facing challenges is not easy. But team spirit gives us support and courage to face the challenges. In this kangeiko camp experience let me understand that team spirit does not only presented by cheering teammates during matches. Team spirit is the support and encouragement that given by the teammates during the tough practice. The junior squad members cheered each other up when we were dying during the practice. We reminded each other to have enough rest, food and water before each practice. We helped and supported each other in these few days. With all these positive energy, we dared to challenge ourselves and gave out all our effort and energy in this kangeiko. The great team spirit is one of the elements that made this kangeiko experience memorable.

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farewell dinner with senseis

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Making the grade : passing the 8th Dan Kendo Examination

January 2, 2014

The 25th issue of Kendo World Vol. 7.1 will be available soon, and will contain an exclusive interview with Roberto Kishikawa sensei, who passed the last 8 Dan examination in November 27, 2013.

Dr. Stephen R. Nagy interviewed Kishikawa sensei soon he arrived in Hong Kong, and will have a very close view of his experience and views in kendo.

Below the link to the synopsis of the coming soon Kendo World Vol.7.1.

http://www.kendo-world.com/wordpress/?p=1118

Making the grade: Roberto Kishikawa on passing the 8-Dan examination
Interview by Dr. Stephen R. Nagy
November 27, 2013, marks an important date for kendoka around the world. That early evening, Roberto Kishikawa, a Brazilian national and permanent resident of Hong Kong, was promoted to 8-dan by the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF). As the first, non-Japanese kendoka to pass the 8-dan grading in Japan, Kishikawa-sensei has excited and inspired the overseas kendo community to strive for the highest levels of kendo. This article is an interview with Kishikawa-sensei concerning his exam experience, views on kendo and journey to 8-dan.

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 Hong Kong Kendo Association appraised the news with a stone and metal placard, by president Raymond Lai.

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The news was shared in Brazil by newspapers Nippak, Sao Paulo and Nikkey.

http://www.nikkeyshimbun.com.br/2013/131211-72colonia.html

http://www.saopauloshimbun.com/index.php/conteudo/show/id/15878/cat/105

 

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It is expected that kendo magazines in Japan will cover the news in the next editions.

In our dojo, a big festivity was held with all members, who joined to celebrate sensei’s achievement, together with the 10th Anniversary of establishment of the Dojo.

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8dan celebration cake _shoujinkan

8dan celebration shoujinkan


2013 The Junior & Ladies & Novice Kendo Tournament

October 31, 2013

Achievements of ShoujinKan members

2013 The Junior & Ladies & Novice Kendo Tournament

4th junior taikai

Children category

1st. place :  Alan Kishikawa

2nd. place :  Kelly Kishikawa

3rd. place :  David Graham

Fighting Spirit :  Kelly Kishikawa , Xavier Nagy

Teenager Category

2nd. place  :  Edward Cheung

Ladies Category

1st. place :  Jackie Graham

3rd. place :  Bonnie Ng

Men Category

1st. place :  Masuto Shimazaki

Fighting Spirit : Pang Lumpy

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by Bonnie

I am having difficulties in writing this report. Very soon after my first two matches with Jackie and Katie, I forgot what I have done in those two matches. I do not quite remember that I scored.

In the morning when I was checking who I were going to fight against. I found out that in order to move up to quarter final, I needed to win Jackie and Katie. I did not know that was a good thing or bad thing in fighting someone I always practice with. When I told Jackie about our matches, she gave me a big smile and told me that we just need to do our best.  After that I felt better and did not think too much about the matches because I have to get ready for the warm up. We did the warm up pattern so smoothly because we have tried the pattern for a few times. During the warm up, I noticed I was tensed because I was using my right arm and held the shinai very tight. My hit was not sharp and even missed. At that moment, I tried to control my body and focus on my body, feet and left arm. My hits became sharper and I gained back my confidence.

During the matches with Jackie and Katie, I was kept focus on my feet and left arm. I moved around because I was nerves. After that, it seemed that my body did the rest of the work. I did not remember how I scored the men, kote and dou on them. After the matches, I found out that I have to fight Jackie again in semi final. All I needed to do was to win 1 more match to enter the semi final.

In the next two matches, I was defeated by my own fear. In the quarter final, I felt that my feet were not moving, my hit was so slow. I tried to do was I confident with and I missed. I was moving back because I scared of losing. Finally, I scored 1 point and ended the match. I knew that I did terrible in that match. I carried the fear into the match with Jackie. I started to have some self- defeating thoughts. I was thinking that Jackie would know that I was going for dou, so I did not try to hit dou even if there were chances. At the end, I lost the match.

This taikai made me realized that it was impossible to win any match if I am already defeated by my fear. I should treat every match as the final match, concentrated on the opponent and do what I have been doing in the practice. Should not think about winning or losing. Just focus on ippon.

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by Ivy

Today is my third shiai. I watched my shiai video, the distance between me and my opponent is way too close.
Not only I cannot hit correctly, it also waste a lot of energy during tsubazeriai.
Moreover, I did not read my opponent and attack as if I’m doing a solo kendo.

Luckily, I’m still able to make a few ippon, but next time all the hits should be more accurate and efficient.
Also, I need to learn how to use my energy in the right way.
I watched a lot of shiai today, mentality plays an important role in shiai.
Regardless your physical condition, you can still fight differently.
Everyone will have an exhausted fight eventually, so, control myself and win myself.
I feel like kendo is always testing my mental limit.
Thank you sensei for the teaching and everyone from dojo for supporting us, leading the warm up, taking videos and encourage us during the shiai.
And also congratulations to all the excellent results from our dojo members!

I had a great day!

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by Jackie

The ladies tournament on 6th October 2013 was my first tournament for a long time. So I was feeling a little nervous, but determined to do the best that I can.

Bonnie helped raise the spirit within us all by leading a very good warm up, after which, very quickly the tournament started. During practice I had been trying very hard to work on my posture, my footwork and trying to keep calm, yet very focused during Keiko. The biggest challenge for me is trying to keep calm.

The first fight was against Bonnie. We were both nervous. She won with a very good Do and Men. But once the first match was over, I started to feel very calm. The next two matches were over quickly, and again, Bonnie and I met in the semi-finals! The match was long, and by 3 min we were equal. So it went to Encho. Although this was a point to decide which of us was to go forward to the final, I found my focus very sharp, and was calm. Finally I managed a Men. I was through to the final.

My final match was also tough. I had to fight it immediately after the semi-final match. Again the same thing happened. By 3 min we were equal. Again it had to go to Encho. But suddenly at this point, I understood about calmness and focus. I looked at my opponent straight in the eye. I took a deep breath and felt it drop into my dantien. At this point, I felt very grounded, focused and calm. Suddenly while looking at her, I could sense her drop her guard, I went for men, and won the ladies tournament.

I was very happy. NOT because I had won, but because I felt I had achieved something more important, the fight with myself to try and remain calm. It was the goal that I had wanted to reach that day, whether I won or lost the tournament. I have looked back since, and for the first time since I started Kendo, felt that I learned so much from a tournament. It is very humbling to look back, and be able to see what I have learned and what I need to improve on. Sensei always teaches us that Kendo is more about the fight with ourselves, and our own challenges. I suddenly, REALLY understood that day what he meant.

My other challenge that day was to be a referee for the first time. During practice, I was trying very hard to remember the right calls, which flag should I raise, make sure I can see the other referees, judge the grade of the players, and watch the fighting, all at the same time! I was not very good, and I was making many mistakes.

On the day, I was paired with two senior referees, so I did not feel too bad. But I was still worried about doing the wrong thing, in front of everyone! I refereed in three matches. What struck me was how a good ippon was very obvious. As a referee it really made me think about my own ippon, and how I can change to make it more beautiful.

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by Alan

The taikai was on the 6th of October. It was a very fun experience. I was very nervous the day before about the taikai. Unfortunately, I was so nervous that I couldn’t sleep! I eventually slept and knew that tomorrow would be the tournament day.

When I woke up, I was feeling excited and nervous at the same time. More excited than nervous but yes, both. I jump out of bed which surprised my dad because I would usually pretend to sleep and hope that my father would forget to bring me to the Sunday squad training. But unfortunately, he never did. My dad let me take a shower and while I did, he woke up my sister who was happily sleeping on the soft comfy bed.  After I finished king my shower, my sister stumbled into the bathroom and took a long shower and nearly drowsed off. I then dressed into my hakama and keikogi. I quickly ate my breakfast and took a taxi to the tournament place.

When I entered the room and was immediately greeted by the members of shoujinkan. They started doing some warm-ups which was leaded by bonnie. Then we put on our men. At that point me and my sister who had arrived late were ready to start the warm-ups. The shoujinkan members did men uchis and kirikaishi. It was very tiring but did achieve its goal to get us ready for the taikai. Bonnie did a very good job of that.

Then, the only thing I needed was to get the shiai set of mind ready. To do that, the tournament gave us 30 minutes to get that ready. We could to do it with anyone we wanted. First I went for kishikawa sensei and then did with joseph. After that, we started the opening ceremony which was so boring that someone started to talk to me. The rules were repeated and repeated in many languages. Soon after that, was the junior with no bogu category. To follow that was the adult with no bogu category. Finally, the 6-12 bogu category started. I was in the first match and was glad that I did the warm-ups and keiko. I could hear the shoujinkan members cheering for me and was very happy and was filled energy. I went for a men and got it! I was so happy that I got it and was happy that the shoujinkan members were cheering for me, and went for men a couple of times. Then finally, I go it. I kept on getting men smoothly and then finally until the finals. Now that I think about it, I think it was because of what everyone had done to help me during my whole kendo life. My dad, shoujinkan, the HKKA team, my friends from other dojos and a lot of other people. Then at the finals, I was against my sister.

The first thing I thought was, “what’s going on”. The second was,”why am I doing this?” then before I could register another though, the match started. As the match started, I felt that something was weird. No one was cheering for me. They were all cheering for my sister! It makes sense but I suddenly felt tired. I did a couple of men again but none of them were able to score a point. Then finally, I got my energy ready again and then did a 100% energized men and got a point.

Then after that, when we started the second round I still did a lot of men, but surprisingly had no kote, which was one of my best strikes. I did a men that used a lot of energy and while I was finishing the hit, my sister jumped in front of me and I tripped over her. Unfortunately for her, that was the second time she fell. For me, the 1st. Soon after that, the timer signalled the end of the match.

I had won the match and was very happy. I think that the most happy thing about the taikai was that I was able to keep things under control. Also that everyone was cheering for me during most of the tournament.

I think that the fact that the shoujinkan members helped me throughout the taikai was the best thing.

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by David

On the 6th October we had a children and ladies kendo tournament! YAY!

I didn’t feel nervous. I was excited. I was happy that I joined because I got to fight with new people, and show off my skills taught to us by Sensei.

Everyone thought my posture was like a man, I don’t think so. I don’t think my kiai was 100% because my voice was breaking *embarrassing*. I think in fights I could have done better because I feel I should have attacked more instead of defending all the time.

When I got my bronze medal I felt happy but there are many things that I can improve on like; posture, kiai, seme and attacking more.

I liked everyone’s support and I am grateful of that. I now feel I want to practice as much as possible and learn from as many people as possible but mainly from Sensei.

Thank you everyone!!

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by Kelly

On October 6th, I went to the kendo tournament. I won 2nd place. My brother won 1st place. I won fighting spirit too! But first, I had a fight at the beginning of the taikai.

First I fought joey. I won. Then I fought Rachel. She is a girl. I also won her! I had won 2 people because my team members were cheering for me! Yay!

Then I fought my friend Xavier and we got equal and got 1 extra minute. I heard my team members cheering and I felt happy. Then in the 1 minute, we got equal. We both tried our best. Then the judge gave me the point because I had more 1 point chances. I had won and I was happy.

Then I had to fight David. I won. So I was in the finals! I was so happy. But then I realized that I had to fight my brother.

I was correct. My brother was in the finals. As the fight started, I heard that everyone in the audience had started to cheer for me. My brother made me fall. But everyone was cheering so I got back up. Then he won a point. Then the 2nd round started. My brother made me fall again. I got back up and everyone was cheering for me again. Then the match had finished and I got 2nd place.

I was happy because everyone had cheered and helped me even if I didn’t win. I did my best so it was okay.

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By Lumpy

A way to consolidate my “道”

6 October 2013 was a big day for me, not only was it my birthday, but also a milestone indicating my “道” in both Kendo and my own life.

It was my second time competing in the Novice Competition. In the first attempt, I practiced a lot on “基本” and practical skills. At that time, I thought it was sufficient to react to my opponents if I got these mastered. Obviously, one would not be able to master a skill in a short time, not to mention the possibility of perfecting it. I didn’t make it to the second round.

This time, I thought to myself: what does this competition mean to me? As an accountant, my time spent on practicing Kendo was getting less and less. It didn’t seem like I was going to win. However, I felt my devotion maturing. I would like to prove myself that Kendo is not something that assembles only sports, but an attitude to confront the reality. From the competition, the most important thing that I learnt is how to maintain a clear mind when facing different situations. Every move could be the last, and it hence should be perfected, leaving no regrets. Unfortunately, I still regretted. But I believe that will keep me improving.

To me, Kendo has a close relationship with my daily life. We learnt science in secondary schools, and if you are not a scientist, I guess you should have forgotten most of the elements in the periodic table. However, when coming across some phenomena, you may be able to recall what you learn and apply to solve problems. The ways to approach, to attack, to suppress the opponent or defend myself do not only present in Kendo but also in daily life when interacting with people. Similar to the above, keeping a clean mind and communicate in a good form is beneficial when dealing with clients.

“道”, many refer it to “road”, does not mean a single straight line from birth to death. It is formed by numerous streams of experiences and devotions, which shapes one’s life into never-drying river. Kendo is one of the main streams that construct my “道”.  I would like to thank Kishikawa Sensei for his guidance, and my dojo buddies for practicing and improving together.

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56th Festival of Sports – Interport Kendo Tournament 2013

August 13, 2013

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Achievements of Shoujin Kan members during the
56th Festival of Sports – Interport Kendo Tournament 2013

Children category:
●1st place: Yuki Tsuchiya
●3rd place: Alan Kishikawa
●Fighting spirits: Kelly Kishikawa

Ladies unitl Shodan:
●1st place: Reika Tsuchiya
●Fighting spirits : Bonnie Ngan

Ladies 2-5 dan
●1st. place: Reika Tsuchiya
●3rd place: Joanna Chan

Men unitl 2 dan
●1st. place: Chun Yu MJ Lee

Men 3dan above
●1st. place: Joseph Chan

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by Ivy

20130630 a super early morning for my second taikai.

First, I have to thank sensei and every person I met in kendo all the way from Australia to Hong Kong.

Every valuable lesson I learnt from every person make me still practicing kendo today and joining my second tournament.

During shiai, I have totally no idea how many seconds pass.

The moment before shiai is definitely stressful, but when it’s my turn it’s not that stressful maybe I’m not assessing my ability anymore as when I was an audience?

Sonkyo at the start of shiai usually clears my mind when I look at my opponent even though it’s the first time I met them.

I got a bit depressed when I am loosing two points in a role.

But I tell myself to focus on what I can do now since what happen in the past does not mean its going to happen now nor the future.

A lot of my hit didn’t score maybe because I’m not doing 100% enough.

Suddenly, I saw my opponent freeze, so this time I use a super 100% to hit because it’s a chance not to be missed.

Finally I scored an ippon.

The final hit make me realize whenever I think I’m working hard enough, I can work even harder.

Ippon is just so hard.

Throughout the day, watching others’ shiai makes me realize how much efforts and focus others put in to make a good shiai.

I will be better next time.

A lot of things for improvement: basic footwork and suburi, very important for keeping myself stable and for a quick hit (need a lot of practice).

Also, I need to learn to see through my opponent with a calm mind because I often find myself too rush to hit as if I’m not mentally prepared or when I am confused.

The recent kakari keiko practice also trains me to spot all the chances and adjust my hitting distance in a quick time.

FINALLY, congratulations for all the excellent results from everyone!!!!!

GANBATTE!!!!!

I am sure everyone learns a lot and enjoy themselves so much that day!

(So many happy pictures ~~~!!! ).

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by Ken

30 June 2013, in the middle of summer, it is a hot sunny day, the skies are blue.

For the first time, I participated in a shodan – nidan level tournament. MJ and Gordon, both senpai’s with more experience than me were also participating. And so I felt no pressure to win but at the same time I had the desire to win and see how far I could advance.

Surprisingly, my first opponent was Gordon. I have had ji-keiko regularly with him and knew he was not an easy opponent. I begin our shiai by giving out my loudest and strongest kiai, so that I can inhale air into my hara and boost my energy level. Midway, I see Gordon moving closer and closer, he was trying to take the initiative and make the first strike. I quickly change my breathing from exhaling to inhaling and move in to strike before he does.

Men-ari, the umpire announces. I look at the raised flag, it is white. I have just won the first men in the exchange. I would later advance to the top 8 and lose in overtime during a lapse of concentration as fatigue set in.

My first ippon began with concentration and the last ippon against me was also due to a lack of concentration. This is an interesting insight for me.

Inexperienced or weak opponents can be defeated by strong spirit and physical roughness, like the cat hunting the pigeon, but when against a more experienced opponent, or an equal opponent in a locked stalemate, whoever has more energy and concentration at the end will be the one who delivers the final blow. Just like two cats fighting.

But without the above qualities, to overwhelm opponents with strong spirit or outlast the opponent with energy and concentration, it would be impossible to move to a higher level in kendo. There has yet to be a cat which can defeat a dog but not beat a pigeon.

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by Gordon

今回の大会は前回と同じくグループ戦で終わり、もちろん残念でしたが、一勝一負の成績は僅か合格とも言われます。

でも二人の精進館同士も優勝になって、とても嬉しいです。

香港の剣道大会は、常に三人グループの予選があります。予選の次はトーナメント戦に入ります。

予選はグループごとに一人しか出られません。三人グループだから一人は二試合をやります。

そのゆえ、一勝一分けさえトーナメントに進出できることはありません、一勝一負だから全然ダメです。

だから今度の大会の目標はグループ戦の二試合全勝し、トーナメント戦に進出を目指します。

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by Lee

It was a very meaningful tournament of me because this is the first time I get the first place in the individual match.

And it realize what Sensei taught us. Concentration and high fighting spirit .

I can’t really remember how many over time match I did on that day. But my dojo mates just told me that it was a long match.. I didn’t care much about the time . Even so I didn’t know that I won the final at that time. It’s kinda stupid right ? Haha.

Well , it was not easy matches. Everyone wanted to win. They did whatever they can do . some of them even did some tricky things. I had to keep calm. Or I lose in the Shiai because of one mistake.

To get the first place in Hong Kong is not my ultimate target. But win myself with real kendo and spirit .

It s only a new start of my kendo because I got a lot of knowledge to learn and to realize in my kendo. I must work hard on physical training and prepare the mental for the coming challenge.

Keep train hard.

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by Bonnie

Around one month before the taikai, I started to jog. I worried that my physical condition was not good enough to keep me concentrated during the matches. Therefore, when I was jogging, I tried to keep my concentration on my breath and ignore the tiredness. During keiko and practice, I tried to make every hit Ippon. Making every hit ippon was very difficult, especially during keiko. During keiko, there are many things that I need to keep in mind, for example, keep feet moving, be aware of the distance, find and make chance to hit…etc. With too many things in my mind, I could not hit 100% confidently, especially on Men strike.

During the matches, I was so nervous. I worried that I could not do my best. I afraid to lose to my opponent; therefore, I tried to handle the match carefully. I tried not to hit without seeing chance. I hit a few times, but it was not accurate enough, then I started to lose my confident. I slow down my pace and concentrated to search for chances. Then, I scored a couple of Dous. When I saw one of the girls hitting a very beautiful Men, I knew that I did not have the confidence to hit Men. Therefore, in the future practice, I want to focus on improving my men strike.

I got defeated by Reika in a very fast match. Then, I watched her matches with other girls. I realized the differences between me and Reika was not only technique and skills, but the fighting spirit. She kept moving, attacking with 100 % of her spirit. She attacked without giving up until she scored. She was like a 100M runner, while I was like a jogger. Therefore, I understand that not only I need to improve my skill and technique, but also the confidence and fighting spirit.

After the matches, I also realized how much my kendo buddies were supporting me. They cheered up for me and were happy for my winning matches. I am so glad to have to practice and train with me. Without their support, I do not think I could keep my fighting spirit up.

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Boat Trip to Lamma Island 2011

November 28, 2011

by MJ

The weather was quiet cool. We were enjoy the wind and shake on the boat!

That is the first time for me to coordinate the boat trip. It was quite hard to me because I am not good to handle of the counting. Hah~~~It just so shameful.

But It was realy a right date to take the boat-trip with dojo’s member. We had some newest members of our dojo and the exchange student Okubo from Japan.

All of us were enjoy the nice boat arriving , lunch , running and practicing on that day. We had have nice Chinese dishes at lamma Island. The shrimp were fresh and the “Gu-Lou” pork made was so nice. It was’t too oily or thin. It wasn’t like the “Gu-Lou”pork that I tried at the “Dai Pai Dong(open-air food stall) which is so oily and too much of sause! Opps ,I ‘m not writing the artical of Eating , Hah~ After the lunch , I ran to the beach(I forgot the name) where Sensei decided with Danny and Peter.

But we lost the way and ran to a beach where were so funky. So that we have to return or we will meet at the beach where sensei decided. We had to return to the pair or we will miss the boat that we arrived. (I saw a coconut on the funky beach when we return to the pair. I kicked it in to sea. But I won’t do it anymore because I was regret after I kicked that. Ouch!)

We did some suburi and kirikaeshi at the beach then start the reacing and sumo! It was not for fun or exciting actually but very useful. How to train your mind to support the fighting for a while. To keep concentrate on it. I was do the sumo on the beach and never stop. For one on one to one on two or one on three with out using of hands. The more serious situation will be happen in the Kendo world tournament. Do the uchi komi practice is realy a useful practice for us. My body was more use to in the keiko.

Lastly, we return to Tsim Sha Tsui under with cool winds and shaking. What a beautiful boat trip! It was start with the wind blowing and finish with w the wind blowing.

By Franki

On 5th Oct Wednesday just to be the Chung Yeung Festival, is a Shoujinkan for the annual day of boat trip.

The day not a sunny day, but the weather is good, everyone with a happy mood to enjoy the day, we finally ate a big meal lunch went to Lamma Island.

There are of course to feel tranquil on the island, we have to go to another Beach, everyone on the beach and practice, we all put down seriously on the Dojo , relax , and fun to play, seriously relaxed.

The trip concludes enhance everyone’s knowledge, promote each other’s friendship, I thank the Sensei to hold the boat trip, you can see we are all smiling at home.

 

 


Hong Kong Children & Ladies Kendo Tournament 2011

November 28, 2011

by MJ

We made it!

I would like to thank to Sensei for the oppotunites to coordinate the warm-up and helping in the tournament I was so proud of you ladies of the perform in the ladies’s tournament !

The supporting of the members is important. For me, The word ”support “ isn’t mean just keep saying “Faitou(fight)” from the side of the court. But to suggest or to share the opinions to members. Also , how can I make their spirit up to high in short time, etc. So, as a supporter is not easy also.

Also , I was surprised to see the nice kendo match happened on kids. Alan did a best fighting that I have seen till now. Tsuchiya sensei’s dauther Reika was defeated two strong kids from the other dojo and won the champion again. Yuki showed what he can do to a bigger opponent who was almost 170 height! So impressive right?

I think many of our members did learn a lot there. And Should find the way to make ourself strong. Do say “I wanted”any more! “just do it”.

by Jackie

The Shoujinkan Spirit! 

 

On the 9th October 2011, we had the 2nd Hong Kong Junior and Ladies Kendo Championships.

The weekend of this competition (7th and 8th ) Tsuchiya Sensei together with his daughter Reika, and son Yuki, joined our practice at Shoujinkan. We all had keiko with his family and like before, I could sense the energy and spirit of the dojo rising. The motivation that the Tsuchiya family have was affecting our members in a very positive way.

On the morning of the competition, I arrived and was very pleased to see so many of our members already in bogu ready to help with the warm up. MJ led an amazing spirited warm up. He was able to increase our energy and spirits. But I also felt there was a strong team spirit among us. I noticed that many of the members were nervous. We had Keiko with the Sensei first, which was good to release nervous energy!

The first event was the juniors’ individual event. The children from our dojo did very well indeed. I had noticed for a couple of days before the tournament, Alan was very tired. But during his shiai he demonstrated 100% spirit and energy. He won some very good ippon and was awarded Best Fighting Spirit. Yuki also had a shiai full of spirit and determination. As a result he won Best Fighting Spirit Award and was third place.

Reika had a very good shiai also. She was the champion for the individual event and won Best Fighting Spirit Award.

Kelvin told me before his match that he was very nervous, but during his matches, he was full of spirit, and showed great confidence and maturity.

The next event was the junior team match. By this time, I could feel the support and encouragement from all the other Shoujinkan members. It was wonderful! Again, the spirit remained among our young members! Reika’s team won 3rd place, with Reika demonstrating deadly accuracy and beautiful zanshin. Alan’s team won 2rd place and he continued with his 100% energy. Kelvin’s courage and determination won him Best Fighting Spirit Award as well as 3rd place with Reika. Yuki although small, his energy and fighting spirit are enormous, and even though he had to fight people almost double his size, he never gave up and managed to score some wonderful ippon. His team won first place for the team event.

All the junior members demonstrated great courage, determination and good fighting spirit. As a result the mood among the Shoujinkan members was very high and positive.

The next event was the ladies individual match.

I was now feeling very nervous. As such, during my warm up with MJ, my energy was not able to move freely and I felt tense and I could not breathe properly. I had felt that the support from our members was so strong that I did not want to let anyone down. I did not do too well. But I tried to re-focus and become positive for the team event. In the individual ladies event, Eri demonstrated some beautiful kendo and as a result she won second place for the 2-4 dan section. Bonnie was fighting in the 0-1 dan section and she was fighting with 100% spirit. Her kiai was very strong and in the end, it won her Best Fighting Spirit Award.

The next event was the ladies team event.

At this point all the members that were there from Shoujinkan were there to support us. I felt different in that my confidence was high and I really wanted to win for our members.

The team for Shoujinkan were myself, Eri and Bonnie. Although we did not say anything, I could feel the fighting spirit between us was very strong.

As we continued to make our way towards the final, our spirits increased and so did our energy. The more fighting I did the more I relaxed and the more my energy and fighting spirit grew. By the time we were about to fight in the final, I knew we could win!

We all won our matches and we became the champions!

Shoujinkan had a wonderful result on Sunday. BUT we should not forget the effort others have put in to help us all achieve this good result.

MJ was a wonderful support and led a great warm up. Others from the dojo also helped. This must not be forgotten. Without a good warm up, no-one can prepare properly both physically and mentally.

We must not forget those at the dojo during the practice sessions, who help and advice us. Without them we cannot practice, waza, kihon and other techniques.

We must not also forget those who come to cheer. Without them we do not have the motivation to try and do our best 100%. Everyone had a part to play in the success on Sunday, whether it was through fighting, supporting or cheering.

Kishikawa Sensei always teaches us that kendo is more than just fighting. I think Shoujinkan demonstrated this 100% on Sunday, with all the support and help. We must also not forget Sensei, who teaches us so much not just about kendo, but about how to respect ourselves and those around us, as well as a deep understanding of the meaning of Rei.

This is The Shoujinkan Spirit. Let’s try and keep this feeling alive in the dojo through our practice, support and teaching with each other.


54th Festival of Sport – HK – Macau – Pearl River Delta Interport Kendo Tournament

June 29, 2011

 

by Daniel 

First of all, thank you for coaching me Kendo in the past two months.
After the competition I have given it some thoughts about what it meant to me.
As my first competition in Hong Kong, I think it was a good indication of my distance from achieving 1st Dan.
I believe that I have grasped the fundamentals and now it is time to refine my basic techniques.
For that I also think the competition served as a compass that pointed me at the right training orientation.
In short, I know what my goal is and I think the competition showed me where I am now and what I need to do to get there.
I think this also applies to pursuing dreams in life as you need to find out where you are and the ways to make your dreams come true.
It is also important that you put in the effort but I think it is more important that you know you are putting in the effort in the right direction.
 

by Jackie 

On June 26th I participated in the 54th Festival of Sport, Hong Kong-Macau Pearl Rever Delta Interport Kendo Tournament.
I was a bit anxious, as this was my first tournament since breaking a bone and pulling two ligaments in my left ankle in March.

My usual practice had not been as regular and was feeling a little pain sometimes still in my ankle.
As a result I did not feel as prepared as I would normally. Also my movement was still a little restricted due to my ankle pain.
However, I decided to try and see what I could do.

I had been working in previous practice sessions to try and relax and take one point at a time. Working on big kiai and trying to complete
the ippon properly with zanshin.

On the day, my first match was good. I won with two men. But my second match was not so good. I lost two ippon to a strong
lady from Macau. I thought I was finished until I learned that 3 ladies had the same points, including me.
Only two could carry on to the next round, so we had to fight each other again.
Unfortunately, I could not get through.

Although I was a little sad, I was also pleased that I participated.
Kishikawa Sensei always teaches us that Kendo builds a strong mind. In doing so we are able to face our own difficult challenges.
My challenge for that day was to try and relax and not to feel under confident. That was a very difficult thing for me to do.
I feel very tense during competitions, and I was not feeling in the best of mind since my ankle injury.

But I tried very hard from the very first match to control my breathing and to focus on one point at a time. This made me
feel more in control of myself and also more aware of what my kinsen was doing!
Although I did not get through to the second round, I feel that I won another tournament. That of ones’ own challenge.

This experience has left me feeling very much ready and motivated for the next step of my Kendo life.
It has also given me a little more confidence about my own ability and the strength of my mind.

I think this is very important for us all to experience and learn from in Kendo. Kendo is much more than
fighting with other people. It is about fighting our own fears and emotional battles.
I hope that we can all continue to support each other in this way in the Dojo.
 

by Peter

當天大家聚在一堂,一起互相的打氣,支持,仍歷歷在目,感激幫忙拍照的兄弟!

這次比賽在下午,shiai的過程中卻快如閃電, 還沒回過神來,兩場的比賽已經完結。升上初段的組別,比想像中難鬥,對手的能力,自己心態上的準備,毫無疑問是比自己高和嚴重不足!心態在shiai是非常重要的!!! 在我個人而言,Shiai不是生,便是死;不是贏便是輸,當然會有和局,但自己的表現如何,心中有數吧!

脾氣人人都會有,我認為發脾氣可以令一個人的能力推至更高,因為不滿意自己的表現,而盡力去做得更加好。當然,凡是總有兩極,要看自己如何去應付,怒火無疑能令人更勇猛,但自己一定要控制得好,不然只會是一場悲劇。

接下來該怎樣做,做些什麼來提昇自己的表現,現在仍沒想到,但有兩點是絕對不能缺少,就是戰鬥時的心態和奪取ippon的決心!希望接下來的時間,能改變自己在這方面的心態!

 

by Ken 
 
 
Just returned home from the gym.  The music playing is no longer eye of the tiger but soothing jazz.  Looking at my shinai in the corner of the room, 26/6 seemed like years ago, yet it was only the day before yesterday.
I turn my head and look at the ‘fighting spirit’ medal hanging on the door.  The colour is bronze, not gold. Damn.
 
I think this feeling more or less sums up the feelings of the contingent who participated in Sunday’s tournament.  The line between victory and defeat is so thin, it becomes unavoidable that feelings of regret are harboured. But at the same time, for myself, I feel that I didn’t lose. At least not in spirit. 
 
12 hours before the tournament, Sensei had given me some last minute homework.  To find my fighting spirit, my soul which had for some reason became dull compared to before. Taking sensei’s advise, I mokusou for half an hour that night to clear my head.  By Sunday morning, I had found my spirit again, my eye of the tiger.  I can confidently say that all of the opponents I shiai with to a certain degree, were afraid (ok, maybe except for Daniel). 
 
My first opponent feared me, I could see it in his eyes, I could feel it because I was always in the centre of the court and he was dancing around it in circles.  My second opponent feared me, he commited two hansoku’s by stepping out of the boundary. And I would dare say so for even my final opponent. My kote strike had actually hit him hard, but unfortunately it was not ippon.  So although technically yes, I did lose, I conclude that it is more like prey has escaped rather than being defeated by the opponent.
 
If this has made me realise anything, it is that fighting spirit or mental conditioning is of utmost importance. It is what pick s us up from defeat, it is what makes us want to improve our technique and forces us to polish ourselves until we can find perfection.
 
So the next person I shiai beware. Unless you also believe you are a tiger, I will eat you alive.


 

by Yuina

昨日の試合を拝見しまして、全体的に選手のレベルが上がっていることが顕著に分かりました。
素晴らしいです!地道な稽古の成果が現れています。そして、たくさんのヘルパーさんが懸命にサポートしている姿は、感謝に尽きます。
人を応援することは、めぐりめぐって、自分をも幸福にすると思います。
そして、経験はすべて剣道に生きると信じます。
 
Metro Daily (newspaper) link : http://www.metrohk.com.hk/index.php?cmd=detail&id=164388  and picture: