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 and Marcel Hesseling 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 quickly jumped to our lunches and had some conversations about Kenjutsu to let the meaning of it sink in. After we ate our full, we started with the Tameshigiri course. Some of the members already had some experience in cutting the straw mats, but most of them did not. We tried a few times in the air to make the cutting motion perfect. When feeling comfortable, the cutting commenced! Trying to get some really nice and clean shots, Karin set up a studio like setting. Some flash-lights and a big camera finally resulted in some really cool pictures of most of the members actually cutting trough the straw mats in a diagonal way.