Kendo, Aikido, martial art related

Friday, May 24, 2013

Opinion on Kendo Shiai



Soon, we'll have Indonesia National Kendo Tournament 2013. Before you take a part in the tournament as a senshu (player) I'd like to share my humble opinion what a shiai means to me.

Shiai is neither about winning a medal nor defeating my opponent in the shiai jo (tournament field). Shiai is defeating myself not to break my kendo form! 

The desire to win in shiai oftentimes makes you forget about the kendo form as you are tensed and nervous as well as fulfilled with anxiety to win. It does break your kendo form! I hate such a kendo like that!

However, it doesn't mean that I don't like shiai at all. Shiai indeed gives you experience as it brings you different pressure and many different kendo styles, and in the shiai you will meet a lot of people you never meet before. You can learn a lot of things from shiai!

So, what I always try to do in a shiai are:
1. Relax and let my body react naturally (I trust the tacit knowledge I acquired from my regular ractice).
2. Take it easier than regular keiko in dojo. This is not uchikomi geiko! 
3. focus on seme and kendo form
4. When the time comes, I strike with all I've got. I don't care about getting hit or opponent's counter attack.

Note that I never win any medal from shiai! So, it's merely my humble opinion. 
Those who win in the shiai will explain better and more valid than me.


Leo
3rd Dan
Indonesia Kenshi

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Kendo Grading And The Reason Why You Should Go For It



I'd tell you that if you have the chance to participate in kendo grading, just go! If you have willingness to know how your kendo improving, no justification for not doing it!
I'd say it is important!! Indeed we don't practice kendo for the grade, but grading is one of the most important part of kendo. It is the moment, time, or an event to know your kendo progress. I know that we sometimes questioning ourselves about kendo self pogress. In the kendo grading there will be a lot of high ranking senseis (7th dan and even 8th dan) who will give the answer for you! 

When they decide that you deserve a higher level of kendo grade, not only it means that your kendo has been improved, but also it means that you will be able to improve your kendo more in the new level you achieve.

When you're shodan, you do shodan kendo, when you're nidan you do nidan kendo, but if you keep in your level, it'll be more difficult to do the next level kendo! Why? Because kendo is not only physical activity but also mental activity. when the board of examiners grant you a new level you will also be psychologically improved and in the same time you will automatically feel that you have bigger responsibility to improve your kendo more and more and be a good example for your kohai. It's like a powerful intrinsic motivation. However when you don't wanna take your kendo grading, you won't have this kind of feeling, so you don't have such an internal encouragement and responsibility to improve your kendo. 

So, seize the chance to know your progress!

I practice kendo not for nothing, so I want a gradual progress. i've been witnessing my kendo progress mentally and physically. I'm 26 now and I'll be in 5th Dan kendo before 35! You?

Leo
3rd Dan
Indonesia Kenshi

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Yogyakarta Aikido Location and Training Schedule


Tempat Latihan AIKIDO di Jogjakarta

Dojo Sanata Dharma

Waktu : Senin & Kamis, 17.00 – 19.00
Tempat : Aula Universitas Sanata Dharma, Mrican, Jl. Afandi (Gejayan), Yogyakarta
CP : Krista-0813 2660 4793, Netty -0813 9071 6552


Dojo Atma Jaya

Waktu : Rabu & Jumat, 18.30 – 20.30
Tempat : Fakultas Teknik Sipil, Kampus 2 UAJY (Gedung Thomas Aquinas, pojok belakang barat), Jl. Babarsari 44
CP : Anjuarti – 0899 9730 997, Angela – 0857.2541.7370


Dojo UGM

Waktu : Selasa & Jumat, 18.00 – 20.00
Tempat : Kantin Fakultas Filsafat UGM (bunderan filsafat ke barat, Jalan Humaniora, setelah portal langsung belok kanan)
CP : 085641100450 (Yuli)


Citta Samodda Aikido Club

Waktu : Jumat 16.00 – 17.30, & Minggu 07.30 – 09.00
Tempat : Depok Sport Center. Jl. Raya Seturan Kav. 4, Yogyakarta 55281. Telepon (0274) 4332569, 4332570
CP : 087839961878 (Gama)


Dojo Suisen-Kan

Waktu: Rabu 18.30-20.30; Sabtu 17.00 – 19.00
Tempat : Aula Detasemen Zeni Bangunan 2 / IV, Jl. dr Soetomo 59, Lempuyangan (sebelah utara Cak Koting, barat jembatan layang Lempuyangan)
CP : 085730418094 (Novi)


Dojo Bodhimanda

Waktu : Selasa & Kamis, kelas kids 16.00-17.30 kelas dewasa 18.30-20.30
Tempat : Kompleks Futsal Bal-balan, Jalan Kaliurang km 9,1 (seberang kolam renang Umbul Tirta/Indomaret)
CP : cp 0897 1972 398 (Deri), 0857 2917 7424 (Dindi)


Dojo Kagura (sementara fakum)

Waktu : Senin & Kamis, 16.00 – 17.30
Tempat : WaterByuur Kolam Renang Tirtatamasari, Jl. Wijayakusuma 180 Bantul (Masjid Agung Bantul ke timur, sebelah barat SMA 3 Bantul)
CP : 0274 7895847

Dojo Kartika Dewi

Waktu : Sabtu, 17.00-19.00 & Minggu, 17.00-19.00
Tempat : Hotel Cordela Kartika Dewi, Jalan Bhayangkara No.35, Ngampilan, Kota Yogyakarta (PKU Muhammadiyah ke utara), Parkir basement langsung naik lantai 8.
Anggota Dojo Kartika Dewi dapat bonus fitnes /aerobic seminggu 2x
CP : 0817 27 6008 (Yanto)-WA, 085101871800 (Kelik), 08170064480 (Fitri)-WA


Dojo Sasono Hinggil / Shi

Waktu : Rabu & Jumat, 19.00-21.00
Tempat : Gedung Sasono Hinggil Dwi Abad, Alun-alun Selatan Yogyakarta
CP : 0274-7837830 (Andi), 081 391 002525, 085 264 26189, 085 729 525 111


Dojo Bintaran Wetan

Waktu : Rabu & Jumat, 16.00-18.00
Tempat : Gedung Bumiputera, Jalan Bintaran Wetan
CP : 08122709823(Noer), 081227401400(Eko) atau 08562755554(Inoeg)


Dojo Kansha

Waktu : Senin & Kamis 19.50 -21.30
Tempat : Mushola Bani Amatrejo, Jl. Cuwiri 573, Jogokaryan (selatan Masjid Jogokaryan)
cp 085729430773 (Wahyu)
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Dojo Fudoshin Magelang

Waktu Latihan: Rabu, 16.00 – 18.00
Minggu, 16.00 – 18.00
Tempat : Gedung Prajurit, Kodim 0705/MGL, Jalan Jend. Ahmad Yani, Kota Magelang, CP 0857-4362-5148


Dojo SHIZEN Malang

Waktu Latihan:Senin dan Jumat, 16.00 – 19.00
Tempat : Aula Musium Brawijaya Jl. Ijen No 25A, Gading Kasri, Klojen Kota Malang.
CP: Agustinus Yohan Kristian (08179602997)


Dojo Bukado Makasar

Waktu Latihan: Selasa dan Kamis, 19.00 – 21.00
Sabtu, 17.00 – 20.00
Tempat : Makasar, Dojo Cho: Robert Wira CP 081-144-3743


AIKIDO KIDS

Dojo Bodhimanda, Kompleks Futsal Bal-balan, Jalan Kaliurang km 9,1
Dojo Bintaran Wetan, JL. Bintaran Wetan (Selatan Puri Paku Alaman)
Dojo Kamakura, Jl. Monjali 119 (latihan hari Jum’at Jam 13.00 – 14.00)


DOJO KHUSUS
SD Tumbuh 1, 2, & 3 (Tumbuh Primary School)
SMP Tumbuh

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Improve Your Kendo By Improving The Way You Dress



Quoting a hachidan sensei: "Dress properly to improve your kendo!"
Kurang lebih demikian kalimatnya. Lho, apa hubungannya? Makna dari kalimat tersebut memang sangat kental dengan Zen. Kebetulan saya adalah termasuk beginner yang selalu berpakaian rapi dan sebaik mungkin di dojo (lebih dari di kehidupan sehari-hari di luar dojo) Kurang lebih menurut saya, seperti ini:

Pakaian di sini termasuk bogu, tidak hanya 'kendogi' dan 'hakama'. Bahkan termasuk pikiran dan sikap kita, 'reigi'. Dengan berpakaian rapi dan bagus, maka kendo akan rapi dan bagus. Untuk melakukan sesuatu dengan baik harus diawali dengan yang baik juga. Jadi jika diawali dengan memakai baju dan bogu dengan tidak bagus dan rapi, maka bagaimana bisa kendonya bagus?

Yang lebih penting dari itu adalah reigi. Bagamana kita bersikap. Hormati sensei karena mereka adalah sumber ilmu kita di dojo, hormati senior karena dari mereka membantu kita memperoleh ilmu yang kita belum tahu karena pengalaman mereka. Hormati kohai karena denga mereka kita belajar lebih. Hargai tempat latihan, shinai, dan bogumu dengan cara rawat dan gunakan mereka dengan baik, karena tanpa semua ini kita tidak bisa berlatih kendo. 

SO, mulai sekarang, untk yang sudah pakai kendogi dan hakama, belajar cara pakai yang baik dan benar. Bagus di sini artinya benar dan rapi. Tidak terlalu kecil atau terlalu besar pakaiannya. Jadi, sebelum membeli baju untuk kendo, tau persis dulu ukuranmu. Tanya senior kalau sulit mengetahui ukuran kendogi dan hakama yang pas.
See my picture there, I always try to handsomely wear my kendogi and kendogu ... it's part of respect to others and a starting point to improve your kendo.

Leo
3rd Dan
Indonesia Kenshi