Last weekend was the Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament, held in London ON, Canada. It took place on the same day as the really bad snowstorm. Because of the white-out conditions, it took us (the whole club) to get to London in 4.5 hours instead of 2 hours. But, we made it!
I’m so proud of the entire club and the effort they put into their practices. We took home 1st and 3rd place in individuals (mudansha and open - with the exception of 2nd place in open division too!), co-ed teams, and women’s team division.
I was on the UofT Women’s A Team, we came in 1st (: The two ladies on either side of me are my close friends and team-mates. We’ll be practising even harder to keep up the progress!
From right to left: Senpo - A. Masuda, Chuken - M. Wong, Taisho - A. Kariya
I injured my leg last month so I wasn’t able to practice much with my club until recently. Since the beginning of November, we’ve been doing shiai practice! Yaaay ( ´ ▽ ` )
Shiai practice is intimidating sometimes but my sempai opened my eyes a little more at last Monday’s practice. He said (internal) shiai practice is the place for you to just- do your worst. Experiment with things you never try to do in keiko to see if it would work out for you. Make your mistakes here and go to (actual) shiai in full force. It doesn’t matter if you lose, it prepares you to do your best and to try and show YOUR kendo.
Grading is also coming up too - I’ll be challenging for NiDan ヽ(ﾟДﾟ)ﾉ