Check out this video of a Japanese documentary called 'Onore ni Kate' - which means 'Overcoming Myself'. It follows the famous Susumu Takanabe Sensei and his preparations for the 2009 World Kendo Championships in Brazil. This video is taken from a past livestream that I did in The Kendo Show: EARLY ACCESS Group on Facebook, where we watched the video together, and I give a rough translation of the content.
My favourite, is the fantastic scene with Takanabe Sensei having gruelling practice with Kazuo Furukawa Sensei. Furukawa Sensei's advice to Takanabe Sensei is "You have a great Men attack! But you must fight to the very end, with the feeling of 'I will not lose' - even in your normal practice! You must make me want to tell you 'wow, you've become really strong!'.
Hope you enjoy!
Hi there Andy.
Well yet again another wonderful video to watch and to gain some insight of what Takanabe Sensei’s training for Team Japan, I personally don’t speak Japanese, but none the less it was still well worth watching, I strive each and every day to be as good as those Team Japan players and know full well that I’ve got a long way to go, but then again that’s the beauty of Kendo, there is still so much to learn, but I’m willing to do that as well as striving for perfection of character.
Thank you kindly for your time in putting this video out to the Kendo public.
Halifax ShuuRenKan Kendo Club, Canada.