This is a blog that I started in April 2006, just after I first put on my bogu (kendo armour). It collects the advices given by more experienced kendo practitioners as well as those from my own experiences. Both technical and the mental aspects of kendo are written in the blog. I hope someone will find them useful or interesting at least!
Recently, there have been a couple of shiai-geikioes in the dojo, and there were wins and losses. I think I had overall a good control of my body, and didn't just hit relentlessly, but tried to pressurize my opponent until he makes the attack first. This means that I am more confident with my oji-wazas, which in turn means that my waza skills have also improved.
However, I still think I should take the center before attacking, including while executing the debana-men or the debana-kote. My shinai sometimes wiggles too much without fighting for the center. I should focus more on it.
One time I got hit on the do while I raised the shiani overhead in order to scare my opponent (Katsugi-waza). However, he didn't fall in to the trap but quickly executed a men-kaeshi-do. Next time when I use this technique I have to choose the right moment. When the opponent has an offensive mindset, it is dangerous. However, if he is defensive, then usually it works.