This is part of an ongoing series to get insight on what our beginners think about training. The first part was actually this article, which was not labelled properly.
Anyway this is the second contribution of Annabs to this effort, and I suppose it helps that she actively posts about her Kendo experiences. Thank you again for allowing us to share your experiences Annabs! Be sure to check out Annabs’ Blog, as shown in the link at the bottom of this article.
KENDO CHRONICLES: OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICE
Posted on 8/18/2014 05:44:00 PM with No comments
Phantom sensations. Or my arms after – as Igarashi sensei puts it, just – 80 suburis from last Saturday’s (s)training. And as I type this post with liniment-stained fingers, I realized how important practice was for Kendo.
But more than not wanting to experience faux muscle atrophy every after training, I think the consequential gain of out-of-the-dojo practice is confidence.Which, I am coming to find out, I don’t have enough of, and is inevitably affecting my performance in training.
I have been struggling with kote for the past couple of months, and I think my lack of confidence by way of not practicing has a lot to do with it. As I don’t practice as much as I should, I’m not confident in my skills, so I constantly worry that I might get a sempai hurt instead of focusing on how to properly do kote uchi.
Maybe it’s time I get used to the smell of liniment.