Kendo Tilburg

Eindejaar’s Keiko 2015

To close the year in a fun but also educational way regarding Budo, WaShinKan organizes a special end-of-the-year Keiko, every year around the last weeks of December. For each Budo we had some fun things planned:

Starting with the introduction of Kenjutsu, Alphons Metselaar introduced us to practice with Fukuro shinai and bokken, Kenjutsu style. We tried a lot and most of the movements of the body felt a bit weird to us, only practicing Kendo or Iaido. Kenjutsu is unlike Kendo not completely directed to the front, as well as that the cutting motions are more based on how to kill or wound a person, rather than to score a perfect ippon. Very interesting to try! After this we started with the Tameshigiri course. Some of the members already had some experience in cutting the straw mats, but there were also a few of them that did not. We tried a few times in the air to make the cutting motion perfect. When feeling comfortable, the cutting commenced!

First of all: Warming up!

First of all: Warming up!

The introduction to Kenjutsu

The introduction to Kenjutsu

Tameshigiri is all good fun when it comes to the cutting, however, you of course also have to clean up afterwards. It’s a rather messy procedure since the straw pieces fly almost everywhere after multiple cuts. Swiping all the pieces together and putting them in garbage bags, we had about 5 to 6 complete filled bags to dispose of. Pretty heavy too, since the straws all were soaked in water for about 3 days to get the texture and pressure of human flesh and bones. Scary!

Merel making some clean cuts as we are used from her

Merel making some clean cuts as we are used from her

One of the people (Jilles) from Jujiba in Den Bosch also registered for today and didn't do bad at all!

One of the people (Jilles) from Jujiba in Den Bosch also registered for today and didn’t do bad at all!

Jonathan cutting

Jonathan cutting

Maurice coming in for the cut

Maurice coming in for the cut

And Desmond doing his best

And Desmond doing his best

And a last shot of Jilles!

And a last shot of Jilles!

After the Tameshigiri, cleaning up and lunch, we changed the setting of the dojo to a Kyudojo. With a target, an arrow curtain and everything set in place, Ivo gave an introduction course to Kyudo. Walking everybody slowly trough the steps of pulling the arrow back, aiming and releasing in a correct way, we started to let the people shoot by themselves. We made the distance to the target pretty short and used balloons for target! It was a lot of fun and everybody got to shoot at least a few times!

Lining up for some Kyudo!

Lining up for some Kyudo!

Of course Duncan from Thomas

Of course Duncan from Thomas

Cidaq from Shin Nakada with Jonathan explaining the finer details

Cidaq from Shin Nakada with Jonathan explaining the finer details

After changing the dojo back again into a Kendojo, it was time for the final stage of the end-of-the-year session of Keiko: Kendo, balloon shobu. Basically it is a balloon death match where there are balloons tied to your do, kote and men. The first one to lose all the balloons, loses the shobu.

Getting ready!

Getting ready!

The whole group ready to go

Half of the group ready to go

Some weird shaped balloons!

Some weird shaped balloons!

And a katate men to finish the day!

And a katate men to finish the day!