Translation: Pepijn Boomgaard
When repeatedly doing Kihon practice, it is essential to improve the quality of your Keiko. Keiko should not only be done as a force of habit. However, when practicing every day, it is easy to “just practice”.
We asked young Kenshi from all over the country to give some tips on how to improve the quality of practice, focussing on Kirikaeshi.
Kirikaeshi leads to Ki Ken Tai Icchi
I graduated from PL Gakuen Junior and Senior High School, and was taught by outstanding teachers and seniors during my 7 years as a Tokuren member. I have retired from competitive life, and I’m currently a Kendo instructor at the General Affairs Section. In junior and senior high school, I was thoroughly taught the basics of Kendo by Kawakami Takashi Sensei for 6 years. Many of my seniors from PL Gakuen are still engaged in Kendo in various places today. They often say that they are where they are today because they were rigorously drilled in the basics at PL Gakuen. I also feel that the reason why I have been able to continue practicing Kendo for such a long time is because of Kawakami Sensei’s teachings during my 6 years at PL Gakuen. Although I’m still learning myself, I would like to introduce my thoughts on Kirikaeshi and the things I pay attention to during my daily practice.
Important points in Kirikaeshi
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