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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(HKKA) Hong Kong Kendo Junior Squad Training Program

June 17, 2013

香港劍道青年訓練計劃(青訓)

宗旨:

推廣香港劍道至更年青一代之同時,鼓勵各劍道道場提高青少年對劍道的興趣、全面發展和豐富其劍道知識,為未來香港劍道代表隊發掘優秀人材。

計劃為期 5 個月(15/7 – 15/12)

截止日期:6 月 30 日 下午 5 時正

 

Hong Kong Kendo Junior Squad Training Program

Objective: To promote Hong Kong Kendo to teenage level and encourage local Dojo to arouse more young members’ interest of Kendo, enriching their Kendo knowledge for holistic development, so as to identify superior potential players from the Junior Squad and joining the National Squad Training in the future. 

Training period is 5 months (from 15/7-15/12)

Application deadline: 5pm, 30th June, 2013

For more details contact MJ/Joseph


56th Festival of Sport – Hong Kong – Macau – Pearl River Delta Interport Kendo Tournament

June 17, 2013

本會擬定於二零一三年六月三十日(星期日)

假座九龍油塘鯉魚門徑六號鯉魚門市政大廈4樓 (鯉魚門體育館主場)

舉行中銀香港第五十六屆體育節-香港-澳門-珠江三角洲劍道埠際賽

The 56th Festival of Sport – Hong Kong – Macau – Pearl River Delta Interport Kendo Tournament will be held on 30th June 2013(Sunday), located at Arena, 4/F, Lei Yue Mun Sports Centre, Lei Yue Mun Municipal Services Building, 6 Lei Yue Mun Path, Yau Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.