Concussions, Rowan’s Law, and the Dojo

Concussions, Rowan’s Law, and the Dojo

Rowan’s Law was given Royal Assent on March 7, 2018. The law was named in memory of Rowan Stringer, who was a young rugby player from Ottawa. She died in 2013 from brain swelling, after possibly suffering three concussions in six days of rugby playing. The level...

Welcome to 2020

For all the talk about it being a new year or new decade, today is just a new day like any other day. Humans are good at creating meaning where none existed previously. Dinosaurs, dolphins, and antelope never celebrated a new year. They just lived their lives until...
Where Does Respect End?

Where Does Respect End?

If you haven’t read the AJKF purpose of Kendo, perhaps a refresher is in order. As Kendoka, respect is part of our training. Respect for yourself and respect for others. It’s the latter I want to focus on. We are surrounded by disrespectful behaviour. In...
Knocked Down? Get Up.

Knocked Down? Get Up.

Canadians went to the polls yesterday to make choices on how we want to be governed. Today, some people are happy and others are not. If you’ve bopped around on social media at all, you’ll probably have noticed a fair bit of negativity. How the heck does...
Neurons and Kendo

Neurons and Kendo

My wife has an interest in pain. Relieving pain, not causing it, so she doesn’t do Kendo 😉 In a discussion about human neurology she said “Neurons that fire together, wire together”. That really stuck with me. This is how we learn. When we start...
Indomitable Spirits

Indomitable Spirits

Grit has been identified as a characteristic closely tied to an individual’s overall long-term success. A basic definition of grit is a combination of passion and persistence and a belief in one’s ability to overcome obstacles. It’s also been...