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7/20/14

Iaido Seminar with Parker Sensei. No Kendo Class.

 

Club  Information and News

Princeton Kendo & Iaido Club
Princeton University
Kendo Club

  830 State Rd. (Rt. 206)  

Princeton , New Jersey  
Sundays: 

Iaido: 10:00am ~ 11:30pm
Kendo: 11:30am ~ 1:00am

Philadelphia Kendo Club
UPENN Kendo Club

3500 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Community Education Center (2nd Floor)
Sundays:
1:15pm~3:00pm

 

Summer Break:
NO Class in the month of August 2014

Cherry Hill Kendo & Iaido Club

Cherry Hill Korean Presbyterian Church
1920 Old Cuthbert Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ

Mondays: 5:30pm~7:45pm

Thursdays: 5:15pm~6:50pm

 

Summer Schedules: No Class on following Dates:

July: 7, 10, 31

August: 18, 21

 

 

 

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"Dojo for the Serious Student"

Kendo, is composed of two kanji: "ken", meaning sword, and "Do", meaning 'the way/path of'. Together the term is literally the "way of the sword". It is a martial arts tradition spawned by the traditional school of swordsmanship (ryu) of ancient Japan, and was practiced by and large by the bushi, or samurai class of the era. As practice with real blades is inherently dangerous, the schools developed a dummy sword called a shinai, and a set of protective equipment called bogu which protects the head (men), wrists (kote), chest (do), and groin (tare).

Kendo training is based on a variety of movements of attack and defense know as waza. Most fundamental are stance, footwork, cuts, thrusts, feints, and parries. Though is it a highly strenuous activity, kendo is also a means to strengthen the mind and the will to to improve oneself. It is this aspect of kendo that attracts many of its most devoted practitioners. A Kendo bout with skilled opponent is an intense experience. For a moment in time concentration is absolute, conscious thought is suppressed, and action is instinctive. Such training develops in the serious student powers of resolution and endurance under pressure which frequently affects his or her life beyond the confines of the training hall.

Iaido, In the beginning Iai-jutsu was a part of Ken-jutsu. When time passed and as a result of the relatively peaceful Tokugawa period many masters saw in Iaido an excellent way of developing spiritual, mental and physical discipline. Iaido was born. Iaido does not actually mean overcoming an enemy, but overcoming one's own self. The only and the most dangerous opponent in Iaido is the iaidoka themself.

"Kendo and Iaido Exist together and relate to each other like Yin and Yang."
- Ueno Satanori Sensei, Iaido Hanshi 8th Dan  ZNKR

Think you are too old to start Kendo?

Mochida_morijiMochida Moriji Hanshi Kendo 10th Dan
1885-1974


Mochida Sensei wrote:
There are many people who practice kendo that believe that they have completed their practice of the kendo fundamentals during the beginner stage and only attempt to relate to them theoretically thereafter.  However, this is a big misconception to the pursuit of true kendo.

Until you are 50 years old, you must endeavor to practice the fundamentals of kendo and make it a part of you.
It has taken me 50 years to learn the fundamentals of kendo by body.
It was not until I became 50 years old that I started my true kendo training.  This is because I practiced kendo with all my heart and spirit.

When one becomes 60 years old, the legs are not as strong as they once were.  It is the spirit that overcomes this weakness.  It is through a strong spirit that one can overcome the inevitability of the body becoming physically weaker.

When I became 70 years old, the entire body became weaker.  I found that the next step is to practice the concept of not moving ones spirit (immovable spirit) when practicing kendo.  When one is able to achieve the state of an immovable spirit, your opponent's spirit and will manifests itself to you.  I tried to achieve a calm and immovable spirit at this stage in my life.

When I became 80 years old, I achieved the state of the immovable spirit.  However, there are times when a random thought will enter my mind.  I am striving to eliminate these random thoughts at this state in my life.

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm3CmNE72Bw

 


At age of 89, still practice daily!

 

 


So! why train?

It would be absurd in modern society to use a sword as a weapon of self-defense. So why train at all??
During the Kendo match, one must remember battle between swordsmen is a life and death situation and every cut may be the last. In order to deliver a successful cut, you must overcome fear, panic, fright and confusion before, during and after a cut. It is through this, Kendo can improve your focus, insight and complex decision making and hopefully, you will improve yourself.
Simplify put it, Kendo and Iaido provides an opportunity for you to have an insight into your true self.

"The purpose of today's training ... is to defeat yesterday's understanding."
- Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645)

 

 

Quick links:

Kendo regulations and refereeing rules

Kendo and Iaido Shinsa (Promotion Test) requirements

Kendo and Iaido Terminology

Dojo Kun

   

 

 

Proud Members of ZNKR, AUSKF and EUSKF

 

 

 

 


Special thanks to Ms. Susan Winter and her ATA Tae kwon do Federation for the use of her training facilities. 
Tel: 609-430-0200
Email PrincetonATA@aol.com 
ATA Tae Kwon Do: http://www.princetonata.com

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