In no particular order…

  1. Show up
  2. Pay attention
  3. Focus
  4. Do the drills to the best of your ability
  5. Listen to feedback your sensei and sempai give you and others
  6. Implement
  7. Have an open mind
  8. Be disciplined
  9. Take notes
  10. Work on your basics
  11. Have a plan
  12. Push yourself
  13. Exercise outside the dojo
  14. Stretch: dynamic before practice, static post-practice
  15. Be aware of what you eat and drink
  16. Do more suburi
  17. Ask for feedback
  18. Use video to analyze your strengths and areas that need improvement
  19. Be aware of what you’re doing without overthinking
  20. Focus on the positive while being aware of what you can do better
  21. Take good care of your dojo
  22. See every moment in the dojo as an opportunity to improve
  23. Visit other dojos
  24. Introduce more people to kendo and help grow your dojo
  25. Attend tournaments and seminars
  26. Improve your control
  27. Be the best person you can be inside and outside of the dojo
  28. Take care of your equipment and uniform
  29. Get enough sleep
  30. Have fun

There’s no secret to having great kendo. It just takes a lot of focus, discipline, and hard work.