Masaki Kawahara, Sensei
Kendo Kyoshi 8-Dan
The Hawaii Kendo Federation was privileged
to receive Masaki Kawahara Sensei,
kendo kyoshi 8-dan from
the All Japan Kendo Federation. He
was sent to us upon request from the Hawaii Kendo Federation for a
kendo seminar. The seminar began on July11 through
The Hawaii Kendo Federation hosted a welcome party on
Kihon waza with Bokken
Kihon, special training for Senshu
All subjects were followed by jigeiko sessions.
Kawahara Sensei emphasized several things:
· Uchikomi practice with large waza and use the body in proper okuriashi. Go through the motodachi quickly, covering from one end of the dojo to the other. Kakari geiko, on the other hand is done quickly as possible without resting for breath.
· Shinpan: the most important thing is to be able to discern yuko datotsu. Shinpan who has not studied certain waza will not be able to see it during a shiai. Shinpan must keiko.
· Kendo kata: be sure to strike using the monouchi, both uchitachi as well as shitachi.
On Sunday, July 18, a special plaque was awarded to Kawahara Sensei by Terushi Ueno, President of the Hawaii Kendo Federation. A special Aloha party was held and attended by all HKF kendoists.
The seminar was very successful and informative and we look forward to another seminar with a visiting sensei.