<![CDATA[Cairns<br />Kendo Club - Blog]]>Sun, 28 Feb 2016 02:13:56 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Beginning Kendo? #2]]>Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:07:48 GMThttp://cairnskendo.weebly.com/blog/beginning-kendo-2Hi guys,

Following up from my previous "Beginning Kendo" blog, I thought I'd do a few different blogs outlining what you may face when starting Kendo.

The first thing I'd like to talk about is the language and terminology that is used. Unless you can speak Japanese, you may initially have some difficulty understanding the different terms used, but please don't worry about that. You will learn in time. I am still learning and will definitely continue learning for years to come.

Some important things to know early on are:

Counting form one to ten in Japanese:
One - Ichi
Two - Ni
Three - San
Four - Shi
Five - Go
Six - Roku
Seven - Shichi
Eight - Hachi
Nine - Kyuu
Ten - Juu

General Kendo terms:
Seiretsu - Line up
Sensei ni rei - Bow to Sensei
Shomen ni rei - Bow to the Shomen
Otaga ni rei - Bow to each other
Onegai shimasu - Please train with me
Arigatou gozaimashita - Thank you for training
Hajime - Start
Yame - Stop

I hope this helps you for your first few lessons.

<![CDATA[Beginning Kendo? #1]]>Thu, 25 Feb 2016 01:07:14 GMThttp://cairnskendo.weebly.com/blog/thinking-of-kendoHi guys. My name is Aaron (Az) and I have recently started doing Kendo at Cairns Kendo Club. 

I know what it is like trying something new and I thought I'd share some experiences and what you should expect when starting Kendo. These are just my experiences and are by no means to be considered gospel, but please feel free to comment or come in and have a chat with any questions you may have.

If you are considering starting Kendo, Cairns Kendo Club is a great place to start. The dojo is quite large and you will have plenty of space to train. You will have plenty of support from the following senior members:

Kuramochi Sensei is a 7th Dan Kendoka and is well respected in the Kendo community. He is a great Sensei and has plenty of time for any questions you may have,

Dale Padoin is a 4th Dan Kendoka and she started training in Japan 12 years ago, before returning to a dojo in Brisbane. She moved here 3 years ago and has been training under Kuramochi Sensei since.

Alex Paukovits is a 3rd Dan and has been training at Cairns Kendo Club since she was 16. In 2015, she had the honour of representing Australia at the World Kendo Championships in Tokyo and didn't lose a match in the team event.

These 3 high level Kendoka, as well as other senior members, will always assist you as much as they can. They will make you feel welcome and give you the best opportunity to learn Kendo at a pace that suits you. 

So, come and give it a try!

<![CDATA[December lessons]]>Wed, 09 Dec 2015 04:55:06 GMThttp://cairnskendo.weebly.com/blog/december-lessonsHey all.

As per Sensei's chat last night, there will be no training on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve. If you need any more info, ask Sensei, Dale or Alex.

There is also an additional training session on Wednesday 9th December but this will cost an additional $5. This is to get everyone ready for Brisbane. There will also be no Sunday session as most people will be attending Brisbane.



<![CDATA[Club fundraisers]]>Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:27:27 GMThttp://cairnskendo.weebly.com/blog/club-bbq-fundraiserHey guys,

We could use this platform to inform the club members of our fundraising dates. Also, this gives everyone a chance to come up with new ideas and we can all chat about it in the comments below.

Sat Oct 31 - Car wash at the club*
                    9 am - 12 pm

Sat 15 Nov - Car Boot Sale and BBQ*
​                     9 am - 12 pm

*These are just an example!!!

<![CDATA[Winners are grinners]]>Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:21:31 GMThttp://cairnskendo.weebly.com/blog/winners-are-grinnersThis is just some example text of what happened at the amazing Cairns Kendo Cup this year.

Tarl O'Mara from Victoria displayed some excellent shiai and took out the open dan event.

Cairns A team (comprising of Dale Dwyer, Alex Paukovits and Shaun Rogerson) took out the team event, narrowly defeating VicWa (Tarl O'Mara, Bernard Yehuda and Cassandr O'Mara) in extra time