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...

Get Out of Your Way

You are the biggest impediment to your kendo progress. It could be your ego. It could be your perspectives or beliefs. It could be your understanding (incorrect) or lack of understanding. It could simply be that you haven’t done the work necessary to improve....
When Should Babies Just Quit Trying?

When Should Babies Just Quit Trying?

At some point, the vast majority of babies figure out how to walk. They crawl around a lot before they start walking. Then they grab onto furniture to steady themselves. Eventually they master the skill of balancing and propelling themselves around on their own two...

We Are All Newbies

Our club practice is to accept new students whenever they arrive. I fully appreciate how much more work this is. There is some disruption to the routine as we gather around the shomen and talk about the concept and purpose of kendo. The group breaks up so advanced...

Observing Your Kendo

I often suggest to students (and myself) to pay attention to their kendo. I also know this isn’t as easy as it sounds. I have an approach that I use to check on my own kendo that I would like to share with you. Know all the steps of what you are attempting to...
Show Me Your Notebook

Show Me Your Notebook

If you listen to your instructors, you’ll hear a lot of things about your kendo. It’s easy to forget what you’ve heard. That’s why many sensei tell their students to take notes. You can’t take notes if you don’t have a notebook....

Kendo Self Talk Suggestions

Most of us are our own worst critics. Kendoka are no exception. The thing is, you don’t need another critic. Your sensei and dojo peers will do that for you. Fortunately, you have the power to change how you think about your kendo by changing your self-talk....