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.

Everyone who is serious about improving their kendo should have a notebook. You can write down instructions from your sensei. You can make notes on what you’ve observed about your kendo. You’ll remember. You’ll know what to focus on. And if you apply yourself based on what you’ve been told and observed, you’ll improve faster.

An added bonus: after years of note taking, you’ll be able to look back and see where you’ve been, see what challenges you’ve overcome, and have a better understanding of what it took to get you to where you are.

I look forward to seeing you, and your notebooks, in the dojo.