Before doing keiko, always do uchikomi. Then – go through the basics and prepare yourself mentally.
Katsuno Shintaro (Aichi Prefecture) I was taught that “you must show each other the best of yourselves” and to care for the harmony between yourself and your opponent. I recently was able to pass on my 10th attempt. As this examination is a great milestone for myself, I did not Read More
Shirota Masayuki (Saitama Prefecture) Take great care to control your physical health. It was after 9 years and 17 attempts from when I had first began taking the exam. The first few times I took it I tried not to be too conscious of it. I just cleared my mind Read More
Written by Hayashi Takahiro, Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan(Tozando) Important points to take note of when taking the promotional examination Last time we spoke about the Shodan promotional exam, so this time we will talk a bit more in detail about how to approach the promotional exam. For this post, I have Read More
This time, I would like to talk about what I usually take extra care of while practicing Iaido up until now and while aiming for passing the promotional exam. To pass the promotional exam, besides putting in extra time for Keiko so that you can show the examiners your very Read More
Passing the Shodan examination The first real obstacle to anyone who starts Kendo is passing the Shodan examination, during which your most basic Kendo knowledge will be put to the test. Depending on where you are taking the examination, the actual contents of it might vary. However I believe that Read More