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 67th All Japan Student Kendo Championship was held on October 27, 2019 at Chiba Port Arena in Chiba City, Chiba prefecture to determine the university champions in Japan. Chuo University won the championship for the second time in a row.
Kochi University, where I am a coach, also participated in this tournament and as I happened to be staying at the same hotel as Chuo University, I was able to witness a part of the process of achieving two consecutive championships from up close.
The hotel located near the venue was fully booked for many contestants. As a result, the breakfast was crowded and by the time it was a little after 6:30, there was already a long line at breakfast.
“Will we be able to leave the hotel on time?”
I’m sure every person in the line thought so. In the midst of all this, there were players from Chuo University who were already finishing their meals. The team ate their meals in a cohesive, solemn manner and left the breakfast venue and the long lines behind.
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