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合宿 – Summer Gasshuku and Picnic

Summer Practice 2012

Oxford Kendo Summer Practice 2012

4th August 2012, 10am – 2pm

A gasshuku is usually a practice where people from the same dojo go to stay somewhere to do some more intense and focused training, often taking place in summer. Although we won’t be staying overnight this time, we’d like to try to create some of the gasshuku spirit for a day.

Schedule:

  • 10:00 – 10:15 warm up and suburi (with bokuto)
  • 10:15 – 11:00 kata
  • 11:05 – 12:00 kirikaeshi and kihon-keiko
  • 12:15 – 13:30 shiai-geiko
  • 13:30 – 14:00 jigeiko/uchikomi-geiko
  • 14:00 onwards: Japanese Curry Picnic and video analysis of the training

The theme of the practice is “elements of ippon”: we will be focusing on what makes up a good and successful strike in practice and competition. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to practice those elements in an extended session of shiai-geiko (competition practice). The practice will be videoed so we can analyse it afterwards.

Practice will be followed by a meal of Japanese Curry Rice at the dojo (or outside, if the weather is good), during which we can discuss and review the practice.

James Dolan, Oxford Kendo