In light of the amber snow warning from 9pm we’re cancelling tonight’s class. So sorry but safety first.
Tonight was the last practice at Shiraoka for Shu Yao Man before moving away down south. Shu has been an invaluable member of the club over the last year and has bought a new level of energy and enthusiasm to our practice. I’m sure Shu will become a valued member of his next club and will be sorely missed at Shiraoka. Good good for all you future endeavors Shu.
This week Matsumoto Sensei visited us again. This is the 3rd year he has visited and the club continues to grow in size. Hopefully we can learn from Sensei’s clear enthusiasm for kendo and continue to grow and improve both as a club and as individuals.
Members of Shiraoka travelled over to Edinburgh Kendo Club to cross swords with our friends at the opposite side of the coast. Training outside your “home” dojo and broadening your horizons is important to the overall development of your kendo.
Edinburgh were brilliant hosts and having keiko with them was as fun as it was exhausting, here’s to the next time! Many thanks to Dez Whitson and everyone else at Edinburgh Kendo Club for a great evening of kendo.
With four seperate tournaments in the form of a Kyu cup, a ladies taikai, a 3rd and 4th Dan taikai and the Thistle Cup itself (1st and 2nd Dan) – the Thistle Cup offers many their first shiai experience as well as allowing more seasoned kendoka another chance to test themselves in the shiaijo. The founder of Aberdeen Kendo Club Kazuo Yamazaki-Sensei also travels from Japan every year for the event, and this year saw his wife Etsuko Yamazaki competing in the ladies taikai and 3rd and 4th Dan taikai.
Congratulations to our very own Gareth for winning silver in the 3rd and 4th Dan taikai, and many thanks again to Aberdeen Kendo Club whose efforts make the Thistle Cup possible year after year.
Well done to our newest member in bogu (armour) Adam Henderson.
The last keiko of the year involved the traditional end of year ritual of balloon geiko. With balloons attached to the top of the men kendoka utilize all their training and skill to pop their opponents balloons.
Jan Mendoza, a third dan from Canada came along and was kind enough to join us in balloon geiko, as well as the more serious elements of kendo.
Here’s hoping that 2017 is an eventful year for Shiraoka!
Shiraoka sent a team to the Sir Frank Bowden Memorial Taikai taking place in Birmingham this year. The event started with a five-kendoka team competition on the Saturday and ended with the conclusion of an individuals tournament on the Sunday.
To make our team to five, Fides Desacada from Nenriki Kendo Club (the oldest dojo in the UK!) lent her fighting skills to Shiraoka. It was a pleasure to have her fighting alongside us and hopefully not for the last time.
Awesome last session with Danny before he moves. This what kendo is about; hard work and good friends.
This week saw the return of Matsumoto Sensei, Nanadan Kyoshi. As always it was a great pleasure to train with Sensei and as always, he was a wonderful example of what our kendo should be like.