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


日本からお便り

December 6, 2011

精進館  岸川先生、皆様 ご無沙汰しております。

岸川先生、みなさん、元気でお過ごしのことと思います。

私も帰国して早10ヶ月が過ぎました。

日本では朝晩少し涼しくなりましが、日中は秋らしい素晴らしい晴​天が続いています。

会社の方は事業再編でバタバタしている状態ですが、剣道の方は稽​古の回数は減ったものの なんとか継続しており、先月の昇段審査で念願の五段に合格するこ​とができました。

これも岸川先生はじめ皆様にご指導頂いたお陰と深く感謝しており​ます。

ただ、防具を着けて稽古すればいいと思っていたところがありまし​たが理論的に、 打突のタイミングや呼吸、心構えなどいろいろな面で解りやすくご​指導頂けこと またいろいろな年代の方と一緒に剣道ができたことや、同じ年代のMatur​e team の方々と稽古できたこと励みになりました。皆様に改めて感謝申し​上げます。

今回の審査では80歳の方が、五段に合格されました。その体力、​精神力に圧倒させられ ました。80歳で剣道ができること本当に素晴らしいですね。

この​方に比べたら まだまだ我々は若いです。 これからも、少しずつでも自分に合った剣道を求められたらと思い​ます。 (残念ながら居合の方は帰国以来 稽古できておりません。) 最後に、皆様のご健勝と精進館のますます発展、ご活躍をお祈り致​します。

箕浦

P.S Tommy-san、Albert-san Sorry​ for no English.


Kendo Paintings

November 28, 2011

by Jessie Tsang

by Choi Siu Tsung


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.


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!


4th Novice Kendo Championship – Abardeen 27/Mar/2011

March 28, 2011

 

by Ken Chow

 Today, from Shoujinkan, myself and Peter Leung entered the 4th Novice Kendo Championship. We took first and second place respectively which has made me absolutely ecstatic.

 To be honest, prior to the competition date, I was worried about my preparation since I had just recently recovered from a cold and work had been super busy and tiring.  The only good thing going for me, was before my bout of ill health, I had been trying to train hard in haya suburi.  It seems that the training on top of a lot of luck paid off.

 I was very lucky in the sense that MJ and Danny had come over to help us warm up.  Once again, thank you guys, you really helped us out big time.  And actually for my first round, I was lucky that Peter pointed out to me my opponent’s weakness.  My opponent was over reliant on Men strikes giving me the chance to defeat him with two Do strikes rather quickly.  That saved a lot of my stamina to face the rounds that followed after.

 I think another important element that helped me get through following rounds was Kishikawa sensei’s advice from the previous day when Peter and I had a practice shiai.  The advice was to keep moving on our feet and for some reason, it actually stuck in my head quite well.  I tried not to stay in the same spot and keep moving, especially against Peter who was tricky to fight.

 

Actually Peter had given me some pressure today because we had joked about meeting each other in the final.  Since Peter’s shiai’s were all scheduled before mine, by the time my semi final shiai arrived, he had already made it into the final.  My opponent was taller than me, so it was hard to out muscle him and so instead I won via a Do and Kote strike.  I credit that to being able to hold onto the chushin and making it difficult for him to perform hiki-waza so that we had no choice but to retreat to toma.  In toma it was easier to exert pressure and draw him to hit men creating and opportunity to hit Do.

Once I got through the semi-final, I faced our Peter.  I think it was safe to say that any dojo niceties were thrown out the door once the shinpan said ‘hajime’.  I took the first point via Men but he quickly replied via Kote. Our last point was played in extra time, it was a one point game with no time limit.  Lots of thoughts went through my mind, I knew I need to stay calm and not expose myself and I knew my Men strikes may not work on Peter but my Kote technique was not clear cut enough to score Ippon.  Then it occurred to me, that Peter probably expects a Men strike from me and so there was an opportunity to draw him to match me with a men strike and hit Do.  I raised my shinai, appearing to hit go for Men, then quickly switched to Do.  It proved to be my lucky day, as I turned around after hitting Do I heard the shinpan cry ‘yame’.  The fairytale final had finally ended.  I had actually won a tournament and to make it a bonus, my parents, visiting from Australia were present to watch.

As I said to Kishikawa sensei, the day before, I hope I can report a good result. I think I have delivered.  And that is thanks to all our dojo members who train and support each other week in week out, rain or shine, hot or cold.  So thank you Shoujinkan, today is only a small step in my kendo lifetime, I look forward to keep sharing my future kendo with you all.


Dojo Picture update 2011/February

March 27, 2011

by Andrew Chester Ong