Methods to improve your kendo mindset

Yano Hiromitsu: Methods to improve your kendo mindset vol.8 Using the power of your imagination to achieve the ideal Ippon


What I was aiming for in this writing was not just to show the knowledge and topic 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 with kendo and everyday situations. Even if you end up keeping in mind only 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

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.

Using the power of your imagination to achieve the ideal Ippon

Our lives are full of things we can’t physically see. Mental imagery, imagining the complete sensory experience of performing a certain activity, is one of these things. Mental imagery can be used in mental practice, a powerful way of understanding and applying mental image to hone your movement skills in sports. 

Exercise psychologist Sugihara (2003) defines mental practice as “a way of training physical skills by imagining the movement in the mind with limited or no actual physical engagement.” In this article, we will explore how to apply mental practice effectively to improve your Kendo.

  1. Imagine what it feels like to perform a certain movement

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