What I was aiming for in this article was not just to show the knowledge and subject of difficult psychological research, but also to point out what different generations of swordsmen and athletes have been feeling, thinking and doing in their daily lives while being as specific and as easy-to-understand as possible based on psychological theory and methodology. Each article is based on developing a story that links a psychological theme to Kendo and everyday situations. Even if you end up keeping in mind just one of these phrases, it will be a great pleasure for me as an author if that becomes the foundation of your Kendo tomorrow.
Yano Hiromitsu, Ph.D.
Born in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture in 1968.
Graduated from Tokai University’s Faculty of Physical Education in Kendo followed by the Tokai University Graduate School of Physical Education (Sports Psychology). Graduated from Nagoya University Graduate School of Education and Development Science (Psychology). Ph.D.(Psychology).
Currently a professor at the Kochi University Department of Education. As a sports psychology specialist, he worked on support for various competitions and at the same time directed the Kendo Club at Kochi University. He is also active internationally, including the position of Swedish National Kendo Team Director (2006). He has consistently developed research activities focusing on the connection between mind and body. Participated in the All Japan East-West Kendo Tournament receiving the Excellent Match Award. Kendo 7th Dan Kyoshi.
The necessity of building focus
Concentration is well known to be a very important ability for achieving the best performance.
But when asked what concentration is, people often need to think about their answer. In psychology, the concept of concentration is closest to attention, terminology-wise.
Sports psychologist Tokunaga defines concentration as “the ability to focus one’s attention on a task or object” and “the ability to sustain it.”
Also, from a psychophysiological point of view, the state of concentration is when you are immersed in something and brain waves called alpha waves are detected. It is truly a harmonious state of body and soul. In Kendo terms, we call this Mushin. However, it is quite difficult to actually create that state at will. That’s why it’s important to know the points to increase concentration in daily Keiko, Shiai and examinations.
Let’s consider some measures to actually improve and maintain concentration.
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