Monday, 1st December 2008

MSMAS Kendo enjoy 3 hours of Tachi-giri ~ cutting a standing log ....

This 3 hour 'Tachi-giri’ (cutting a standing log) Session was held for all MSMAS who use Bokken, not just our Kendo Students.


The MSMAS Kendo Group have been making this practice as part of their ‘warm up’ since its inception.

Although asked many times "what and why are you doing this??" the response is always "I don’t know”.

Thus, there appears neither explanation nor logic.

However, since these Sessions started, everyone loves it !

New people initially are very shy, but gradually increase in their confidence plus are able to catch up with the hard training and all become very cooperative, by cleaning the floor afterwards.

So, there might be unexplainable power hidden in this.

Therefore, this ‘special’ Session concentrated on cutting two logs, the aim was to break them both, if possible.

This also connects a little with a Shinto religious Festival held annually in Japan.

Usually held at the end of year, to show respect to old items, before changing them to new.



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