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.