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I returned from Iowa to Japan.

I returned from Iowa to Fukuoka, Japan at the end of last month. I restarted the practice of kendo at the gym in Yamaguchi Kenyukai this Monday. I enjoyed the sparling with good players focusing my mind.
# by onizukamasa | 2007-10-19 18:16 | Kendo Diary 日記

Dull hours are growing.

<2.10.2007> I visited UI Kumdo club. http://www.uiowa.edu/~kumdo/index.html
Though I knew this club's activity since I came here, I hesitated to visit there as I did not want to get me involved in the confliction between Korean Kumdo and Kendo. I found some difference between them today but very little.
The first is Ki-ai. of course they call Korean when hitting Men or Kote. The second is no Son-kyo. Just bow with standing. I think the bow standing is good without Son-kyo because kendo should be developed worldwide. Some foreiners do not like sitting position due to knee problems.
The third is Tasuki and flag. We must use white and red but they use blue and red. That is it. Amazing that they do Kata with Kiai, Yah and Tou.

I ordered Shinai to a member at the club and will ask my family in Japan to send me bogu, arms. I am very happy to find the place and people for Kendo pracitce. I will attempt to remember some Korean words step by step.

<10.28.2006> look for a dojo near 52246, Iowa City, IA
I arrived at Iowa City on Oct.6 from Japan. I am now looking for a dojo near here. If you know it, please let me know. Thank you.

<8.07.2006> Print a photo of my kendo on a T Shirt
I printed a photo of my kendo on a T Shirt as below. If you are interested in it, please access and get it. www.cafepress.com/taichan
It might be a good present for a foreign kendo player?

<5.28.2006> The Bridges of Madison Country

When I hear Iowa, I always remember the movie, “The Bridges of Madison Country”. This Tuesday I made an interview at University of Iowa and returned to Japan this Thursday. Unfortunately, I was not able to visit the the Madison bridge due to the tight schedule. However, I watched the red bridge on the screen at Prometric test center, Penn Plaza, NYC when I took USMLE step 3. This means the image to adjust the color and structural outline on the screen. Anyway, I hope I will visit the bridge next time if I get the job there. I was amazed to see the peaceful environment around the University of Iowa as I had imagined the unsafe atmosphere around the University of Miami, medical campus. No wonder Iowa city is one of the safest cities in USA. Does anyone know there is a kendo dojo in Iowa? That is my last concern while I live there.

<3.21.2006> I want to visit Cuba after Castro's era.

I watched the World Baseball Classic final game between Japan and Cuba on TV today. The TV news said that the practice for Cuban baseball players were closed to public before today’s final. That was because the Cuban government did not let them make the opportunity when a player takes refuge during an exercise. Their life in Cuba could be poorer than we imagine. I remember that many Cuban took refuge in U.S.A. around the Cuban Revolution and the greatest town for Cuban-American is Miami. There is a Cuban town such as little Havana, and there are many Cuban emigrants as politicians, and most of successful people in business are Cubans there. As for me, I appreciate Cuban Americans in Miami because the owner of my condo was Cuban and took care of me very well and they are all good friends for me. An American cannot go to Cuba, but a Japanese can go there via Mexico. If Castro Administration collapses, I hope it will become a democratic country and it will be the country which I want to try to visit in Latin America. Unfortunately, though Castro is very old, he seems to be spiritual according to the news. All Cuban hates Castro but I think he is better than a dictator in North Korea.
# by onizukamasa | 2006-03-21 23:52 | Diary

Kendo Diary 剣道日記, Q&A

<12.8> Japanese univ. student visited Miami.
Dear Willy and Jason,
How are you? Long time no see. First of all, I apprecite your kindness and friendship that you supported the Japanese young man, Taichi.
He visited our web before visiting Florida and e-mailed me about visiting you. I have never met him but I am very glad to hear that he has a good memory in Miami. When you have time, please visit his web as below.
Thank you again for your friendship. Please say hello to Carlos.

<7.21> Why did I start kendo?  

When I was born, my father wanted me to be a kendo player, so he named me after the famous Samurai. When I was 8 years old, he got the information that Matsuo Sensei started the kendo club for children at the gym near my house and made me to enter the club without telling me the reason. Why did I start kendo? That was my father's decision like my destiny since I was born. However, I do not regret starting kendo according to my father's advice. Moreover, I appreciate his decision to make me practice kendo.

<6.24> <Dear Friends, Shidogakuin Miami> 志藤学院マイアミの皆さんへ
Dear Friends,
I was not able to believe that the kendo player hit the body outside of the bogu on purpose while I was in Miami. Though I did not show any emotional attitude against his behaviors at the dojo, I can imagine how you got angry when you received the unfair attack.
One more thing I was surprised to hear the sad news is that why the parent did violence against players at the dojo. I want some SEUSKF members think about this problem and how PTA activity should be there more sincerely.
From your friend in Japan

There has been animosity between some members of kendo clubs. This has now accelerated to a level that has no place in Kendo and will not be tolerated in the SEUSKF. These type acts will stop immediately.
Should any further verbal and/or physical altercations/incidents occur, the individual(s) and possibly the dojo/club(s) involved may be subject to administrative removal from the Southeastern US Kendo Federation.
Any personnel outside the Southeastern US Kendo Federation who elects or is elicited to become involved in any similar act, attempts to instigate any further action, and/or take retaliatory action will immediately be reported to their regional president and to the president of the All US Kendo Federation.
James E. Parker
President, SEUSKF

<5.27> Response from CJ for custom-made CJからの反応
CJ: It would be so nice that you can have custom made Bogu. Specially Men-Gane. When I was practicing with Ito san, I tried to look at his eye, but I could not see his eye, because his Men-gane was hiding his eye. It confused me a lot. So... Please tell Ito san to buy New Men.
Ans: Sure, I let him know how to order. Incidentally, I had the same problem as him. That is th reason I ordered custom-made men. As CJ knows, there are two famous bogu shops in my town, Nagasaki. They are Eibudo and Hakata-ya. If you want a custom-made bogu, I will be happy to introduce you those shops.

<5.24> Custom-made bogu  オーダーメイドの防具
I ordered custom-made men and kote at Eibudo, Nagasaki yesterday. The cost is $2,100.00 including tax for both of them. My head and thumbs are bigger than normal person, so I need bogu to fit my body. The clerks measured my face and hands and asked me how to create them. I told them to reduce the number of metals of men in order to look at the opponents through men very well and the length of men-futon to cover my head. The kote, Nyoko is excellent and soft like my hands. It looks like a snail. I am looking forward to receiving them next month.
Eibudo 永武堂 members2.jcom.home.ne.jp/eibudo/html/e-eibudo.html

<5.14> LASIK surgery for myopia  近視矯正手術
I underwent LASIK surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami on July, 2004. Pre-treatment visual acuity was -4.0+ 0.75x112 OD and -4.25+1.0x55 OS. I have 20/40 OD and 20/25 OS now. The slight residual myopia in the right eye will help me with my near vision in the future. I should wear sunglasses to protect eyes from sunlight. When I drove on highway at night, light was duzzling for 2 or 3 months after LASIK. I have done well postoperatively. Thanks to LASIK, I can watch the eye of the opponent clearly through men now.

<5.9> 7 Dan players  7段の先生方
I practiced with many 7 Dan players at Nagayo on Monday. They show beautiful kendo keeping back straight and politeness even to me. This is true Japanese kendo, isn't it? I feel I am in Japan and thank my parents as I was born here as a Japanese.

<5.5> Strong in the rain 雨ニモマケズ 宮沢賢治
Ito-san reminded me the poem, strong in the rain, so I put it into the poems in this blog. I like it very much because it reflects the ideal Japanese style of life and the traditional spirits of Japanese.

<5.4> 軟剣  Nanken
Q: I think I might of taken the exreme side of that idea and am now almost doing nanken kendo. My instructor told me nanken is characterized by a very weak kamae and very bouncy. That describes I believe perfectly what i'm doing now. I do not think this is the best kamae.
A: Nanken means very soft grip and your shinai goes all over the place, doen't it? If so, nanken with keeping the midline must be the best posture.
Q: During the renshu yesterday Sensei told me that my kamae needs to be more straight.
A: They wanted to say that you must keep the center even though your opponent scares you, didn't they?
Q: Sensei warned me about what i'm doing saying that, "I dont expect you to play real adult kendo yet because of your age , but, you can't do what your doing for to long becuase it will screw up your kendo". I think he's right as well.
A: I think every generation has his own style of kendo. When I was 18 years old, I did not care my centerline too much. I cared how to strike fast men, de-kote or kote-men. I taught the university students at my town keeping the center is so important that you should keep it in mind last week. However, it is difficult for young players to understand. I hope you will be able to know what your kendo should be day by day.

<4.27> 小手後の残心 Zanshin after kote
Q:  I"ve been trying more dekote and kote uchi like we have been talking
about. One subject about Kote that my Sensei dont fully agree on ,
is, "How to show Zanshin from a kote, or what is zanshin after you hit kote? I believe there are several ways to show Zanshin. What do you think would be the best way to show Zanshin after you hit kote?
A: I always try to keep my back straight and makes the tip of shinai on the same line as the opponent's eye after striking kote. Of course, we should get the posture of tsuba-zuriai and show zanshin with Chudan after separatiing from the opponent.

<4.22> 出小手 De-kote
Q: I"ve been trying to work on kote recently. Last night at practice I fought k-san and most of the time when he would try for him I would try dekote. The way I was trying dekote was to hit the kote as he came for men and turn my head out of the way so he wouldnt hit my men but also let my body go towards his left. I saw this kote in the picture at the Sarasota tournament but i'm not trying to jump like he was. Where I saw this kote that I really liked was a sample clip thats on www.gulfcoastkendo.com of korean matches. I think it was a beautiful kote. I"m wondering, if i'm trying to hit dekote and get out of the way, is it better to move my head and turn or just try to hit straight dekote and let him hit my men?

A: Regarding de-kote,I have mastered it when I was a high school student. First of all, you must not change the position of your head in any cases. You do not have to worry about receiving men when you go for de-kote. Seconed, you have to step forward with your right foot on the same line as the opponent's right foot crossing the centerline. You have to put enough pressure from the centerline and push the opponent's shinai downward or from center to the left a little bit to make your opponent come for your men. You had better fake the opponent showing your target is men to induce his men against you. That is my trick to make the opponent to raise his kensen upward. I hope it will be helpful to practice de-kote.

<4.10> Last day of Shidogakuin Miami for me 志道学院マイアミ剣道での最後の日
Today's lesson was the last day for myself. My last message from me to our members is that the purpose of our kendo is the health maintenace. It is the second for us to win at the tournament or to pass the promotion test. Please take enough time for warm-up, suburi and the training of foot work before wearing men to prevent injury. If you are smoker, I advise you to quit smoking soon because smoking contravenes the pupose of our kendo. That is it. God bless our kendo club!

<4.7> 無心の仏教用語 Posted by CJ Yamaguchi
The word Mushin is from buddism word. Zen thinking was arleady exist in India from Buddha.
After the Buddha, it is Bodhidharma who was most significant in giving Zen its distinctive character. Bodhidharma was an Indian monk and meditation master who came to China in 520CE. The essence of Zen is captured perhaps in the following lines which have been attributed to him: After that it went to Japan. China went to social communist, So Buddhism does not exist in China. However, Japanese Zen Buddism also developed itself to become nowdays Zen thinking. Most of Zen you hear nowday is Japanese Zen thinking. Historcally, there are question about Mushin thinking was developed in China or Japan. I am not sure about it. But Kendo Mushin thinking is develop Japanese Samurai thinking + Japanese Zen thinking. This is sure about it.
The diffenition of Mushin is following.
無心の仏教用語では(3)〔仏〕 一切の妄念から解放された心。又 1)心にわだかまりのないこと。雑念や欲心のないこと。また、そのさま。
「―の勝利」「―に遊ぶ子供」 in Japanese
In English. A state of mind that free from worldly Passions and Desires. Worldly Passions and Desires lead to wrong thinking and not obedient mind. It should be concentration from pure clear mind.
So it is from Pure mind. I hope no Politice in Kendo. Because Politics power game is from people's worldly passions and desires.

<4.6> 「無」の入り口
A Japanese 8 Dan player said to me, "Practice kendo hard as much as possible till you get exhausted, and you might be able to strike without thinking too much. Yes, you will be at the gate of Mu-shin". I want to add my comments on it. Think deeply and practice hard at a regular lesson, or you will not be able to get Mu-shin at the real match.

<4.5> 無心 No mind at the Last Samurai
Mu-shin does not equal no mind but I remember the phrase in the movie, Last Samurai. The son of the last Samurai told Tom Cruise no mind during his practice. Tom got too many minds including his bad memory at the Civil War, so it was a good advice for him. To say no mind is easy but difficult to do. If you want no mind at the real match, you should struggle to find many ways to get Ippon before the match. No mind does not mean you must not think of anything at the practice.

<4.4> 中心 を取る How to get the center
Theoretically, true sashi-men is very difficult to do for us. I beleive most of players should swing small and sharply just before striking men to make it strong. I struggle to find my own way to get the canter and change the position of shinai from right or left, up and down with stepping forward, right and left. Once I get the center, I try to go for men and kote from the center after showing pressure(=seme)on the center and getting nearer toward the opponent. I admit it is very difficult to get it and may not be able to master when I am 80.

<4.3> 切り返し What is the merit of kirikaeshi, where we practice striking/blocking while moving forward and backwards?
Kirikaeshi was established as a basic exercise around the end of the Meiji era(1868-1912). It teaches a number of important principles including proper distance and timing, accuracy, rhythm, and smoothness. cf. www.isu.edu/~jon/kendo/
For me, kirikaeshi is a barometer of my health condition on the day of practice. If I feel pain in my back, achilles, shoulder or back then, I would not practice too much in an attempt to prevent injury. Considering my health maintenance, I focus on enough warm-up including the stretch before the keiko to loosen my tendons and ligaments, and get blood flowing to my muscles.

<4.2> The last strategy is Men.
I always keep in mind that my last strategy should be men especially toward high ranked players because men is everything in kendo. I admit I am a kote player but just show my de-kote to scare the opponent at the beginning to go for men at last. If I receive de-kote or do from the opponent, I must review my seme :an attack, the offensive, assault, or siege after the match. 1. Ma-ai(the distance between the opponent and me) was far? 2. Seme was incomplete before my men? 3. I was not able to get the centerline before men?

<4.1>褌の効用 The merit of fundoshi
The merit of fundoshi is not only drying and security but also making comfortable to blow air through it . I understand the quality of Under Armor but I wonder it might keep warm in it. As you know, testicles are the hottest organ in the human body to produce a lot of sperms. In kendo we wear tare over the hakama, so you can imagine very wet and hot environment under them. Once you wear fundoshi, you will be able to know the difference between Under Armor and fundoshi. I believe the wisdom of Samurai in their era. It is not a diapor but an underwear for Samurai who wears hakama all day long.

<3.29>女性用褌?Is Fundoshi needed for women?
Q) I tried a few times without underwear, and personnally it doesn't seem to make a big difference. When I wear underwear, I try to change it after class because I do sweat a lot and it's not confortable nor hygienic to keep underwear full of sweat all day long. There are of course a few days in the month I cannot not wear underwear. Now here is my question about the hygiene part: is there really a big difference in the hygiene between the times I don't wear and the times that I simply change at the end of class? I wish we had showers...
A) It is estimated that 15% of women develop at least one UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) during their lives due to the brevity of the female urethra. In respect of preventing UTI, changing underwear frequently when getting wet after the practice is very important for women.

<3.27> お願いしますOnegai Shimasu: please let me train with you, teach me what I need to learn, give me a lesson. I like Onegaishi-masu the best of all the Japanese kendo vocabularies because it reflects good concepts of kendo. Yes, respecting the opponent is the most important in kendo.

<3.26> 禁煙 Can you quit smoking for the sake of your health? I often felt sad when I saw some kendo players smoked during the tournament out of the gym. How do young children see those smoking? I know some men and women tried to quit smoking with a nicotin patch and bupropion, but had to somke again because of some stress at work. They might have numerous failed attempts to quit smoking. I believe smoking contravenes the position of health maintenance in kendo because most of us do kendo to maintain our good health. I will try to contribute myself to help them stop smoking as a MD in any cases even though they are high ranked sensei.

<3.24.2005> 体当たり Tai-atari=throw yourself against the opponent
I have had a discussion with my friend about Tai-atari as below. (O:me, E: my friend)
(O) Regarding Taiatari, I have never taught it to our members. Ten years ago, I often did Taiatari training in my lessons when practicing Kiri-kaeshi and Men-hiki-men. There are two types of Kiri-kaeshi. One is Taiatari and the other is that we must stop when we contact the opponent and swing right to left, left to right. I hesitate to teach hard contact to beginners because they tend to push each other even at the tsuba-zuriai position. I want them learn clean kendo with spirits of Samurai without pushing the opponent.
(E) Some of my guys want to hit men, then stop just short of actually coming into contact with anything. They understand that contact must be made. We must come to Tsubazirai. That is the end of the waza and a new waza should start. If you hit then immediately go into hiki-waza then you have accomplished nothing. You have to make the distinction between the two. Can't change direction in mid stream. Now what your talking about is your not changing direction but shifting the body. Energy is still being directed in the same direction that you started. But the body turns to face your opponent. I still feel that to do the tequnique correct you have to make the energy go in the direction directly behind the opponent and keep it there.
cf. Don't do that kind of Tai-atari. pya.cc/pyaimg/pimg.php?imgid=12359

<3.25> Fundoshi Do you wear brief or trunks under your hakama?
(American 1) Sure, I can not believe no pants under hakama. The direct contact with hakama makes it unclean.
(Japanese 1) No, I have never worn anything under hakama because I want to prevent a ringworm infection around the loin :lol: .
(Japanese 2) Yes, I wear a fundoshi, a loincloth which is an old Japanese men's underwear made of a long, narrow cloth rolled around the loin. Fundoshi could protect testicles from the shinai injury and makes me more comfortable than western underwears. I have seen this type of injury that Shinai stuck in testicles many times in Japan :oops: .
(Oni) I have never worn anything since I was 15 yo boy. However, I want one more child, so I will buy a fundoshi when I return to Japan and try to wear it . FYI, Japan Kendo Federation now recommends us wear something due to hygiene and safety. www.asahi-jc.com/fundoshi.htm

<3.23.2005>冴え Sae
Last weekend, Maeda Sensei from Tennessee(7 Dan) visited us and gave many good advices to us.
1. We should strike men with sharpness known as sae in kendo.
He stressed dropping your shoulders as a means of relaxation to get Sae.
2. Mental preparation for kendo : We should always keep in mind that our kendo should be more dynamic not to care too much for receiving the opponent's waza. We must not change our posture keeping back straight even after striking. Yes, big and beautiful kendo!
3. Kakari-geiko: not only for making stamina but also being skilled at continuous waza and up the speed.
# by onizukamasa | 2005-03-24 14:50 | Kendo Diary 日記

Message and Poem

1. A message passed on by a friend of ours, USAF Maj. John Taylor


Go forward fearlessly ;if you cannot go forward fearlessly, go forward wholeheartedly.
The same guy that is presently trying to kill you with a bamboo stick (and likely suceeding) is the same guy that after the end of practice, will be buying you a beer.

If you don't think an 70+ year old man can open up a can of blue-clad whoopass on you- you're in for a big surprise.

If you don't think a 7 year old girl can open up a can of blue-clad whoopass on you-you're in for a big surprise.

The kindnesses which you received as a beginner have been passed down a long line of teachers and students.
When you pass that kindness along to the beginners who come after you, it is a wonderful feeling.

Life is like hakama. Occasionally, it trips you up.
Like is like bogu. Occasionally it stinks.
Life is like bogu. Occasionaly, it stinks REALLY BAD.

If you are a man, you can put on a long blue skirt, blue pajama tops and run around waving a stick and yelling and no one thinks you're nuts.

If you are a woman, you can put on a long blue skirt, blue pajama tops and run around waving a stick and yelling and no one thinks you've PMS.

Do not try to iron hakama if you have no prior experience. Believe it or not, it is possible to accidentally iron away the pleats.

Don't ask for "Extra Heavy Starch" at the dry cleaners. You will end up with pleats hard and sharp enough to cut yourself on.

If you put hakama in the washer, they turn inside out. If you try to fool them by turning them inside out
FIRST, then putting them in the washer...they still end up inside out. So the absolute value of hakama is "inside out" -(thanks to engineer Bob Terry for this insight)

If your wife goes to Korea for one month for a work assignment, DO NOT leave her bogu "AIRING OUT" on the balcony, in the Maryland heat, in the direct sunlight, the rain, the wind and the occassional thunderstorm for the entire time she is gone. This will ruin her bogu -- and your sex life.

Everybody was once a beginner.
Everybody makes the same mistakes.
Everybody needs to practice their footwork (even Hachidans).

It's okay to struggle, that's part of the experience.
When overwhelmed, go back to the basics.
You will absolutely *know* when you have hit a perfect men (or kote or do). You just know. It's a fleeting, emphermal feeling -- and utterly astonishing.

Everybody looks much bigger in their bogu.
Everybody looks much fiercer in their bogu (except me. I look like a little blue fire hydrant, which is hardly intimidating)

Brand new bogu, keigogi and hakama are overdyed. The first several practices the dye will rub off onto your skin, staining it. This is called a "kendo tan" and unlike a real tan, it takes a while to fade!

If you haven't barfed or passed out (or both) during a practice, you probably haven't pushed yourself to the max (or you probably haven't eaten a Taco Bell 7 layer burritto 10 minutes prior to practice).

After you do barf, your Sensei will then introduce you to other Kendoka by saying "This is Jodi. I made her puke at practice last week." And then he will laugh.

Then the kendoka will laugh and then you will laugh.
And you will no longer eat Taco Bell 10 minutes before practice.

No Virginia, there is no Kendo Klaus, but there are a lot of friends to be found in the dojo.

2. 雨ニモマケズ This poetry is written in 1920s by the one of the famous Japanese poet, Kenji Miyazawa 宮沢賢治.

Strong in the rain (By Kenji Miyazawa, transrated by Rogger Palbuse)

Strong in the rain
Strong in the wind
Strong against the summer heat and snow
He is healthy and robust
He never loses his temper
Nor the quiet smile on his lips
He eats four go of unpolished rice
Miso and a few vegitable a day
He does not consider himself
In whatever occurs ... his understanding
Comes from observation and experience
And he never loses sight of things
In a field in the shadows of a pine tree grove
If there is a sick child in the east
He goes there to nurse the child
If there's a tired mother in the west
He goes to her and carries her sheaves
If someone is near death in the south
He goes and says, "Don't be afraid"
If there's strife and lawsuits in the north
He demands that the people put an end to their perttiness
He weeps at the time of drought
He plods about a loss during the cold summer
Everyone calles him "Blockhead"
No one sings his praises
Or takes him to heart ...

This is the sort of person
I want to be


3. Kendo Expo at Aichi, August 2005
The first World Exposition in the 21st Century is opening from March 25 to September 25 at the near Nagoya area in Aichi Prefecture. All Japan Kendo Federation, in cooperation with the Aichi Kendo Federation, will hold as part of Expo’s official event, “The Expo Kendo Festival.” The event will try to introduce “Kendo” Japan’s traditional and representative culture in a modern and friendly manner through an assorted program to synergize with Expo’s main objective of “dispatching messages from Japan to the world” and “from the present to the future.” As shown on the theme poster designed by Ai Kaneko, we hope to convey widely the spirit of “Kokenchiai” (meaning that Kendo enables one to learn how to cherish one’ counterpart by engaging in shinai keiko) regardless of gender, age or nationality.
Date and Time: Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:30-16:30
Venue: Expo Dome, Nagakute in the World Exposition in Aichi (3,000 seats)
# by onizukamasa | 2005-03-14 16:47 | Message & Poetry 詩

Posture 構え

# Ni-To (二刀流

How would you attack against gyaku 2-tou-ryu (逆二刀流)? www.kfbctampa.org/Korean/Photo2005/Feb/kendo/kendo1/IMG_2600.jpg
(Ans 1) I have been thinking about this for some time. His men is totally covered. It leaves his kote (both left and right), his do and and the tsuki target open. His right kote is difficult as is faces away from you and is far with the maai. His left kote (the shoutou one) is also somewhat protected as he holds the shoutou tilted upwards. This really leaves his tsuki and do. Both are difficult.
I think they are good options against nitouryu. However, best is to upgarde your own chudan no kamae. Your kensen shouldn't be pointed at the tsuki, but much higher to protect your kote and to defend against the parry from the shoutou. The also reduces the time to protect against Ito's men attack. I think that if he fails at his shoutou parry, it may be a good chance for debana men!
(Ans 2) I know that when I fight him I find him at a dissadvantage when I go to a low kamae. I tried Jodan but this was not effective enough against him, probably because he does do oji type of fighting instead of offinsive. I find it easiest if I go to a low kamae (not all the way to Geadan) then slide it in under his shoto then swing to a saya doh. This way he is not seeing what I am trying to accomplish until to late. I think that his type of fighting would prob. actually serve him better if he were to switch the long and short swords. Would be harder to weild but nothing that a few million subruri would not fix. But this is only my observations.
1. Some sample movie files, "Tenshin Nakamura sensei and some Musashi-kai senior members in Kendo tournament"
2. Some sample movie files, "Muashi-No-Ken text book, In-Motion!"musashikai.jp/pc/06_dojo/index_14.html
3. Some sample movie files, "How Musashi kai Keiko looks like"
cf. musashikai.jp/pc/(Japanese)
Strategy against 2-tou:jaki(Jap) jaki.gozaru.jp/

# Chu-dan 中段: standard posture(Kamae): the sword is pointing the throat of the opponent, most commonly used, biggest defense you can have.www.kfbctampa.org/Korean/Photo2005/Feb/kendo/IMG_2765.jpg
Seigan-no-kamae: This variant of Chudan is used when facing an opponent who is in the Jodan no Kamae www.halifaxkendo.org/images/kamae/seigan.jpg

# Gedan:sword points the knees of the opponent, (kata #3, 6)

# Jodan: sword is above the head, feet position and direction of sword will tell if it is "Hidari Jodan-no-Kamae" (left Jodan)of "Migi Jodan-no-kamae" (Right Jodan), (cf kata #1, #5) www.halifaxkendo.org/images/kamae/Jodan.jpg

# Hasso: sword maintained vertically with the tsuba around the chin level (cf kata #4)
# Waki-Gamae: sword is hidden behind the body, pointing downward (cf kata#4) www.halifaxkendo.org/images/kamae/HassoWaki.jpg
# by onizukamasa | 2005-03-13 03:34 | Posture 構え
# Shinai  竹刀 commented by CJ

According to Kendo Nippon, (if you can read Japanese, www.skijournal.co.jp/kendo/mame/shinai_1.html )
The best balance Shinai is that center of gravity is around 54 cm to 55cm from Tukagashira. Also if center of gravity is closer to Tuka, you will feel Kensaki lighter and easy to control, so It is good for Renzoku waza, and Chikama. This was from Kendo Nippon. But also consider about all the part of shinai. Changing Tuba to Different kind Tuba will also change the feeling of Shinai. But I find that according to Kendo Nippon, Shorter Tuka person more likly to hit from Toma, and Longer tuka person prefer Chikama to hit. So maybe I am wrong. But Tuka(where you hold the Shinai,) also something to do with your Maai.

CJ Yamaguchi's paper on how to Pick and Order Shinai: sbkendo.org/howTo/pickShinai.htm

Eguchi 江口 USA www.eguchi.net/ carries two kinds of 阿吽(Aun)Shinai at the tournament. One is regular 阿吽, the other is Aun besaku. 阿吽別作。 阿吽 is regular shinai, but 別作's Tuka is a little bit fat, and tip is smaller. So Center of gravity is closer to Tuka. Also feel lighter. Both are Dobari. When you buy 阿吽 from Eguchi, you can always ask them to send what you want. I always ask weight and Tuka Diameter size. If they have one close to what I want, I would buy it.

# Bogu (protector)  防具 by Triangle kendo and Iaido

The next essay that Yoshida-sensei wrote after talking with Mr. Miyamoto is tips to find a good bogu. www.trianglekendoiaido.org/bogue.pdf
Japanese version: www.trianglekendoiaido.org/boguj.pdf
# by onizukamasa | 2005-03-12 05:08 | Equipments 防具

Kendo's waza 剣道の技

Technique www.hizenfoundation.org/kendo/k_tech.html
# Men 
These videos include beautiful wazas by Japanese famous players.

# Kote 小手
This photo is embarrasing to me, but the timing for de-kote is O.K.

# Tsuki  突き
Thrust from the right side of the opponent’s shinai by Eiga Sensei

In Japan tsuki is only performed from senior high school. There seems to be an unwritten law that tsuki should not be used against seniors in most clubs. One more thing regarding tsuki, regulating the use of tsuki based on your grade and timing should work well. Generally, do not use tsuki against very aggressive players. For example, Mukae-zuki used when the opponent attacks should not be used. However, you can use tsuki against defensive players, Jodan or the time when the opponent stops their movement. One more thing is that you can use tsuki against some players who often protect kote when you take ge-dan.
More emphasis is placed on the appropriateness in etiquitte of using tsuki.

# NHK Documentary Video titled: Kendo's Grueling Challenge for 8 Dan test spoken in English (English and Korean sub-titles)
# by onizukamasa | 2005-03-12 04:48 | Waza 技

My family

Wife: Naoko Onizuka
ophthalmoligist in Nagasaki

Daughter: Riko Onizuka born on Aug.23, 2000
kindergarden student

Son:泰地 Taichi Onizuka born at 10:43 pm on June 7, 2005.
His height was 54cm and weight was 3.390g. He looks fine like Riko when she was a baby. Unfortunately, his nose looks like my nose but his health condition is very good. 泰地
I have decided my son's name. That is Taichi. Taichi means it makes the earth peaceful, and which adjusts his fortune and the stoke counter of his Chinese character.
# by onizukamasa | 2005-03-12 02:50


1. University of Miami Japanese Society (Japanese) umjapan.exblog.jp/

2. Kendo Blog by Dr. Roosevelt, MD, PhD kendo-blog.typepad.com/

3. Andrew Tan writing from Sydney kikentai01.blogspot.com

4. 錬心館 Renshinkan Kendo Dojo at Satellite beach, FL by CJ www.sbkendo.org/

5. Kevin Fernandez' HP www.kanki.us/

6.道 Michi: Kendo Forum (Japanese) www.michi.gr.jp/

7. 剣道人口増やしたい I want to develop kendo in the world. Searching kendo class in Japan for foreiners kendojinko.com/staying.html
# by onizukamasa | 2005-03-11 16:41 | Link リンク
1. Nagasaki Nanzan Boys' Kendo Club 長崎南山少年剣道クラブ
Instructor: 松尾博行先生 Hiroyuki Matsuo www.tandh.net/kd-501.htm

2. Nagasaki North High School Kendo Club 長崎北高剣道部www7.ocn.ne.jp/~ngs-kita/
Instructor: 香田郡秀先生 Kunihide Koda www.tandh.net/kdc-01.htm

3. Nagasaki University School of Medicine Kendo Club 長崎大学医学部剣道部
Instructor: 萬木信人先生 Nobuto Moroki

4. National Nagasaki Medical Center Kendo Club (Sensai-kai 専斎会)
Captain: 伊東正博先生 Masahiro Ito

5. Shidogakuin Miami Kendo 志道学院マイアミ剣道クラブwww.miamikendo.com
Head Instructor: 加藤彰三先生 Shozo Kato www.kendoka.org/

6. Yamaguchi Kenyuukai 山口剣友会

7. UI Kumdo Club

Kendo 5 Dan: March 26, 2004, Detroit, USA
# by onizukamasa | 2005-03-11 16:36 | CV (kendo) 剣道歴