Video from: Haruhiko MUTOH
In this video a young Kenshi asks a panel of 5 All Japan level competitors how he can become stronger at Kendo. Here’s my interpretation of their answers:
Mariko Yamamoto Sensei (All Japan Women's Champion 2012, 2013)- ‘You have to put in double the effort of others.’
Yoko Sakuma Sensei (Women's World Champion 2012)- ‘First of all, you need to decide a distinct goal or target. The ask yourself what you need to do to achieve that goal. Examine the goal in depth and do your best to achieve it.’
Kiwada Sensei (Men's All Japan Champion 2012)- ‘When you practice, you should do your best check that you are practicing correctly. If check and take care to practice correctly, every time, then I think you will get stronger’
Furukawa Sensei (Men's All Japan Championships 3rd Place)- ‘You have to practice, but at the same time you have to reflect and consider your actions to improve. Also, you have listen to your teacher obediently, and follow their teaching.’
Hashimoto Sensei (All Japan 7th Dan Champion 2018)- ‘Of course effort is important. However, as everyone before me has already said, if you do your best to practice correctly, correct Kendo, then I believe that you will become strong.’
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Great comments said by all the Sensei’s, that sums it up in a nutshell.
Thanks for sharing.