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A blog chronicling the day-to-day activities of a beginning kendoka. Photos/videos & other resources used in this blog belong to their respective owners unless otherwise noted.

This used to chronicle the life of a beginning kendoka. I am now on a ~break~ and in my ‘What do I do how do you kata what is waza whoa sensei can you not' phase of my life. I'll update it soon. Ish. For now, I'm keeping this blog for the ~memories~ (albeit embarrassing ones, haha).
Anonymous:
Aya please go back to the dojo no matter how many months passed since you last attended. Im a beginner kendoka too. I began training in kendo last January 2014 at IGA kendo club. As a beginner I feel Im the worst, Im the class goat, Im the kulelat. I made several mistakes and earned a "palo" from my sensei. I took it as a challenge and motivation for me to do the kendo form correctly. I made a lot of mistakes and learned from it. Most importantly DO NOT EVER GIVE UP even you feel worse at kendo!

Aaahhh, yo anon, thank you so much for the message! I was surprised to see this pop up in my inbox, as I haven’t updated this blog in a while* (*a while = two years a year).

I’ll definitely be back! This sounds so vague, I know, but I’m certain that I wouldn’t be giving up kendo so easily. Hope you kick some ass @ IgaKen and have a lot of fun during your training!

KENSHI OUT

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Monday, August 13, 2012
Anonymous:
Hey, I think you mentioned that you live in Manila before. With the flooding and all, I hope you and your family are all right. Best wishes to you all.

My family and I are fine, and no shinais have been soaked in the flood I can assure you, anon. :’) I don’t want to complain much of how the flood affected my family and my surroundings, as I know there are far too many people who have had it worse than me. If anyone wants to help out the flood-affected families, you can donate to the Philippine Red Cross.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Congratulations! You just endured 12 months of hard training! Happy anniversary! :)

Thank you so much! :) Let’s hope I can endure years of sore muscles and missed kote bruises!

Less of this,

And more of this,

Am I right? :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

It’s been awhile since I last posted but I’m just popping in to announce that it has been one year since I FIRST STARTED TRAINING! CAPSLOCK. EXCLAMATION MARKS! KEYBOARD SMASHDKJFHDSJKFHKJDSHFJDN. To most people, one year is nothing compared to years or decades of training but the fact that I still kept on (despite discouragements from the past months) brings me joy. Through all the calluses, bruises and bumps obtained, I’m glad I never put my shinai aside and gave up.
And this might be cheesy to mention but I’m really thankful for the new people/friends I’ve met here and in the dojo. I’ve just realised how important support can be when you’re going through rough days of training and having people to talk to about your shitty men problems (because my men is uglier than my face, seriously) with a few bottles of beer in tow after practice will always be one thing I look forward to. And it makes me laugh to think that the senpais I used to be afraid of ended up being my close friends, and right now, I honestly don’t think I could spend the week without them.
So yeah, here’s for more years to come! Because honestly, I couldn’t think about quitting kendo, leaving this blog and never making a comeback album after Kendo Krush’s debut. We need to miss more dohs and make more kokoro go doki doki, I am just saying.

It’s been awhile since I last posted but I’m just popping in to announce that it has been one year since I FIRST STARTED TRAINING! CAPSLOCK. EXCLAMATION MARKS! KEYBOARD SMASHDKJFHDSJKFHKJDSHFJDN. To most people, one year is nothing compared to years or decades of training but the fact that I still kept on (despite discouragements from the past months) brings me joy. Through all the calluses, bruises and bumps obtained, I’m glad I never put my shinai aside and gave up.

And this might be cheesy to mention but I’m really thankful for the new people/friends I’ve met here and in the dojo. I’ve just realised how important support can be when you’re going through rough days of training and having people to talk to about your shitty men problems (because my men is uglier than my face, seriously) with a few bottles of beer in tow after practice will always be one thing I look forward to. And it makes me laugh to think that the senpais I used to be afraid of ended up being my close friends, and right now, I honestly don’t think I could spend the week without them.

So yeah, here’s for more years to come! Because honestly, I couldn’t think about quitting kendo, leaving this blog and never making a comeback album after Kendo Krush’s debut. We need to miss more dohs and make more kokoro go doki doki, I am just saying.

 
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