いい言葉

July 5, 2012

實力之不同乃努力之差別,
實績之不同乃責任感之差別,
人格之不同乃辛勤之差別,
判斷力之不同乃情報之差別。

嚴肅認真者得到智慧,
半途而廢者就是愚痴,
不負責任者滿是借口。

認真地去做,大至都會成功,
認真地去做,什麼事都有趣,
認真地在做,誰都會來幫助。

(Translated by 水徳)

 

Difference of ability is the difference of effort spent
Difference of result is the difference of sense of responsibility
Difference of personality is the difference of hardship
Difference of judgment is the difference of information

Seriousness gives wisdom
Lackadaisical attitude results in grumbling
Irresponsible person always is full of excuse

Being serious, will succeed in most of the cases
Being serious, anything is enjoyable
Being serious, everybody would give you a hand

(Translated by 水徳、Gordon)

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“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.


Another article from Stephen Nagy about Iaido

May 25, 2010

Here Stephen describes his experience during a Seminar of Koryu (Classical) Iaido in Tokyo.

Classical Iai Seminar


Articles from Kendo World – by Stephen Nagy

May 17, 2010
 

Stephen R. Nagy is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he teaches courses on Japanese Foreign Policy, Society and Japanese Budo (Tradition and transformation from the Tokugawa period to present). He lived in Japan for 12 years and obtained his Ph.D. from Waseda University, Japan in International Studies. During that he studied Kendo (3rd dan), Iaido (5th dan) and taught Aikibudo (5th dan.)

Above and beyond his research at university, he has been a staff writer for Kendo World since 2005 in which he wrote about Kendo and Iaido from historical, social and historical perspectives. Stephen joined the Shoijinkan Dojo under Kishikawa Sensei tutelage in December 2009.

Stephen has obtained permission to share his publications on Kendo and Iaido that were originally published in Kendo World for the purpose of dessiminating  knowldege about Kendo and Iaido to the Hong Kong and regional Kendo and Iaido community. He hopes that it will help further your personal shugyou!

KendoWorldDEC2006[1] 

  Iaido Regional Training Seminar

KendoWorldDEC2008[1] 

  Waseda University Kendo Club & Takano Sasaburo sensei

KW 3.4 Internationalization of Budo[1] 

   Important Question for the future of Budo

Zen Meditation Experience[1] by Eura Kazunori sensei
  
Stephen is interested in writing about the Hong Kong Kendo and Iaido community so please don’t hestitate to contact him at: nagystephen (at) cuhk.edu.hk