Why Kendo? Short and long-term goals
Miyahara Sensei convinced me to come back for a year to earn 1st Dan in 2004, and then I went back into break-dancing for several more years. These were all short-term life goals. I guess it is typical for an impatient young person to make more short-term goals.
At the beginning of 2010 I came back to our dojo. In April 2011, I passed the 2ndDan exam. Miyahara Sensei has been doing Kendo for 80 years. That shows us that Kendo should definitely be a long-term goal. It keeps me sharp mentally and physically with a minimal amount of injury from practice. It is a practical art in many ways because it improves my everyday life outside of practice. During my work-day, I think about my posture, my voice, and my breathing. I think about dangerous obstacles that I have to avoid around the workshop. I think of distance between my car and the car in front of me when I drive. I think of ways to make my life and the lives of those around me safer. I am training my mind to sense incoming danger so that I can handle life’s challenges more confidently.
Being a part of the Dojo gives me a sense of being involved with a community. It encourages me to meet new people and maintain good relationships. Kendo is interesting to me because age, sex, size, weight, and athleticism isn’t as important as knowledge and experience. A person of lower rank has a chance to win a point against a person of higher rank. Although most people tend to think of Kendo more as a sport today, I still think of it as an art form. To be great at any discipline takes a lot of time and patience. There’s no way to achieve greatness with short-term goals alone. The short-term goals must serve towards accomplishing a long-term goal. For me, Kendo is the instrument that serves my long-term goal to become a better person. These are the reasons that motivate me to be a part of Kendo for the long run.