The Importance of Basics

Hi All,

I’m going to try my hand at a blog-like post here, so please bear with me. I’ll try and post something on a semi-regular basis – so please check back!

Okay, I thought I would start with something we keep talking about, but often forget in the heat of battle … the basics. The basics of footwork, posture, how to hold the shinai, etc.  These are the foundations of our kendo, and are things we learn from the moment we step into the dojo for the first time. Yes, we learn reji, waza, kiai, etc., but the basics are there throughout.  Kimura Sensei noted this during a recent practice, and that the basics of our footwork is what is holding us back (among oh so many other things).

So how to fix?

Well, the only way we can fix our basics is by doing the basics, and not allowing ourselves to rush through something just because we want to try something fancy.  And footwork is something that we can actually do outside the dojo at home.  What we can do is even that basic “compass” drill we do – front, back, left right etc.  And by keeping our posture upright and footwork correct, we can build that muscle memory. That way, when we get to practice, we can have that muscle memory remind us of how that motion should feel, and move from there.

The basics are our foundation.  We build our kendo from there. There is nothing magical about it … we fight like we practice, and the more we practice proper basics, the better we can make the rest of our kendo. Quality over quantity (and a quantity of quality) lets us improve!

So let’s try and remember our basics.

Audette Sensei

The MKC at Japan Festival 2018

The Mississauga Kendo Club will be giving a demonstration Japan Festival Canada (https://japanfestivalcanada.com/) again this year.  We are scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, August 26th at around 3pm.  We encourage all members to come out and cheer us on. Please contact Audette-Sensei if you are able to help out at the demonstration.

The first practice of the Spring Session is This Friday

The first practice of the Spring session is Friday, May 4, 2018.  As usual, we start at 7pm with basics practice.  And it is the first keiko of the month, so that means kata and/or bokuto waza.

Practices for the Spring session are as usual – Wednesdays from 7-9pm and Fridays from 7-10pm.

Hope to see you there!

Practice Details for January – April 2018

Practices for the Winter 2018 term begin on January 10/18 (Wednesday) and run until April 6/18 (Friday).

As always, Wednesday practices are 7-9pm and Fridays are 7-10pm, with the first hour being dedicated to basics.

Hope to see you there!

End of Fall 2017 Session & Club Christmas Party

A reminder to all members that the last practice of the Fall 2017 term will be Friday, December 8th. We will be starting back up in early January 2018, so stay tuned for the start date!

We are also having a Club Christmas Party on the evening of Saturday, December 9th, starting at 6pm.  The party is being held at Audette-Sensei’s house, 3808 Tacc Drive, Mississauga.  The event is pot-luck with some club-supplied goodies from Ginko.  Please let Audette-Sensei know if you will be coming by Wednesday, November 29th, and if you have any dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you at the club’s 2017 Christmas Party!