Great experience at my first kendo grading today.
It's been awhile since I felt the nerves of having to perform physically in front of a panel of judges. Though grading session for each individual is just about 5 minutes, the wait for it gives you butterflies and in fact, during the whole time it will be your muscle memory that will do the movement for you.
One thing struck a chord with me. At the end of the non-bogu (no armour) grading, the sensei made an overall comment. Speaking in Japanese, he explained that for newbies to kendo, the important aspect we need to understand and internalize is Reiho - the etiquette of everything.
Appreciating a different culture was one of the things I wanted to explore in greater depth when I decided to pick up kendo and it's a reminder that appreciating any culture should start by understanding what they value, their etiquette, their adab.
Swipe left for pictures of the amazing Aikendo Dojo team and scenes of the day. Last picture is the results board. See my result!
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The Martial Arts Origin of the Martial Arts
The modern interpretation of the Martial Arts owes their origins to ancient Egyptian Martial Arts tradition and can be found in the history of Buddha and the etymology of the word “karate”. For example, Buddha’s background and principles of thought can be traced to the Dravidians of India. Studying India’s history will reveal that one time, all of India was occupied by two hues of distinctive types and features, one having a very dark complexion but with a flat nose and tight-curly hair, while the other was also very dark complexioned but with straight hair. These two “hue”-mans were architects of the glorious Indus Valley civilization and its culture called Harappan, which existed from about 4,000 BCE and was contemporary of Nubia prior to the first Egyptian dynasty. The Aryan invasion erupted around 1,500 B.C. from the northern hemisphere into India. After centuries of conflict as recorded in the epic Mahabarta, the Aryans prevailed. They absorbed much of the arts, sciences, and religious deities of the indigenous Indian population and in its place, established the caste based faith of Hinduism. Records of this invasion are aptly preserved in Indian literature such as the Rig Veda. In 520 A.D., a monk named Bodihidharma left southern India for China to re-define and spread the teachings of Buddhism. Buddhism was a religion founded on the teachings of Siddhartha Guatama, who saw the racism and felt the suffering of his people and, thus he became the saving grace, known as the Buddha or “the enlightened one”. (cont.)
20 Jan 2019: Had a good experience at my first #kendo
grading exam. Congratulations to all @aikendoclub
classmates and most importantly, thank you sensei @aimisab
, sensei Alice, and other senseis/senpai, for your guidance. 😁
a blade with a diamond shaped cross section
Very interesting weapons. We will dive more into Sō-jutsu, different yari blades & famous spearmen in these couple of weeks. .
Please also share your knowledge with us.