Renseikan Kendo Dojo
Kendo derives from the practices of the Samurai. the Samurai trained techniques with the sword to combat, fight with their enemies and obviously defeat. This changed through time, the Second World War, the invasion of the US to Japan, and several historical facts that there is no need to bring up, – I’m no one to do so – made this evolve until what it is today Kendo. The schools of the Samurai gathered toguether to preserve tradition and fused their techniques, achieving their preservation, nourishing them with Buddhist concepts related to the Samurai to transform what was technique into the Way of the Sword, which is modern Kendo and goes beyond learning techniques to kill people. Here, the important thing is discipline. Discipline, for anything, is… …I have certain days to assist to the Dojo, and I have to do so no matter what: rain, thunder, illness… Discipline is what helps you to go on when you lose enthusiasm… …until it comes back. At the beginning it’s pretty overwhelming, because you realize it’s much more complex that what it looked like, and today, 5 months since I started, the reality is more or less the same. There are many ways to teach one same thing, and not everybody agrees on how to teach something. What are you doing? It is wrong! You are doing like this! But the challenge is to withstand this, and if they are telling you it’s because they care. One could say nothing, be popular, and allow them to keep doing it wrong. That is not our objective. It is to practice seriously. If you act without doing so to counter another act, you are not considering your enemy exists, you are doing a monologue. Even though you may see it as a fight, you are understanding the other person. And something that could happen to the people that has interest in Kendo, is that they see a Kendo match and don’t understand exactly why a hit is or not a point. A hit must reunite what is called Ki Ken Tai No Ichi: Ki stands for the inner energy, shown through an expedited scream, Kiai. Ken stands for the hit of the sword – the cut of the sword. Tai it’s the body. The cut can be to the wrist, to the head or torso. Those three elements most reunite for the cut to be considered valid.