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Shinpan practice & shinpan seminar

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Last Friday we used our practice to focus on refereeing matches. Akagi sensei watched our practice and provided important guidance and commentary.

Then on Sunday Sato sensei led a seminar on refereeing at Honbu Dojo. Here is a handout that Sato sensei passed around to the participants. (Click to enlarge.)


Here in Hawaii, refereeing is typically not a required part of kendo study or practice until the 3dan or 4dan level. However I would like Meikyokan students to study and practice refereeing as much as possible, as early as 1kyu/1dan level. We can expect the practice to be rough and the consistency of the decision-making to be very uneven, but that's fine. Doing good shinpan work is difficult and requires all kinds of skills and understanding that can only be developed through repeated practice, over a long period of time. I don't think beginning training at 3dan/4dan is producing adequate results, especially since we have so few tournaments nowadays.

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End note: During the shinpan seminar, Sato sensei mentioned an English translation of the Kendo Shiai - Shinpan - Administration Essentials Guide by Robert Stroud Sensei (Idaho Kendo Club). I was hoping to post a link to this document, but for the time being the Idaho Kendo Club website is being reworked and it looks like the document is currently offline. I've e-mailed Stroud sensei and requested a copy. [ 2016 Oct 21 note: No reply yet. ]

Akagi sensei lecture

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Akagi sensei presented an hour-long lecture at our morning class today in which he discussed a few influential senseis in Japan following World War II. We enjoyed Akagi sensei's retelling of the famous exhibition match between Sonobe Hideo sensei (naginata) and Ooasa Yuji sensei (kendo), as well as a few anecdotes about Ooasa sensei, Mori sensei, and Noma dojo (Tokyo). We hope that Akagi sensei will come to share his knowledge and perspectives with us again and again. These mini-encounters with history help us to develop an appreciation for people and events that came before - and I think we need this in order to understand where we are, and how to make our way forward.

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Akagi sensei visit

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Meikyokan Dojo was very honored to have Dr. Noboru Akagi visit us yesterday. At the end of practice I asked Akagi sensei what he thought are the most important things for someone to hold in their mind and heart while they learn kendo. He mentioned the importance of creating specific objectives and desires and to try to learn in a broad way - not only the physical aspects of kendo but also manners, how to talk to people, culture, the arts, and so on.

His reply also prompted me to revisit the Aiea Taiheiji Kendo Manual from 1995, which includes many sections authored by Akagi sensei.

"In my early years, I learned many things, but my understanding was not complete. Gradually however, through long and difficult training I began to make the knowledge gained through training a part of my life.

I learned that one cannot hurry, but must persevere within one's ability. There can be no doubt. There must be total acceptance of training. Ken is a man. His character can be detected in how he wields his sword.

KIGURAI is "pride." It is one of my favorite words. One must remember this world while living each day. But do not forget that KIGURAI also has its limitations, and can cause people to misunderstand the purpose of training. The proverb, "The moonlight comes through the cracks in the log cabin," must be well understood and cherished. FAITH, JUSTICE, WISDOM, HARMONY, and RESPECT are my other favorite words. As long as we live in this world, we must also realize the importance of the word PEACE."

- Akagi sensei, from ATKM, page 83.

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