Hello, this is Asuka.
In January, we had many new students who joined our BUTOKUDEN Dojo. Sometimes, I teach the beginners the basics. For an adult, it is very important that they enjoy Kendo. Even though they are just starting up, we have to give a variety of practice menu, in order to keep them interested and to make the practice more challenging.
Please take a moment to remember.
When you started Kendo, what was the most memorable moment? What was your motivation for Kendo. How about now, in the present?
When I started Kendo in high school, my motivation was always tournament. When I re-started Kendo two years ago, the motivation to keep practicing hard was to obtain the Third Dan. After moving to the USA, Kendo became a good opportunity to meet and talk with different people. For each person, their motivations is probably different. I feel that any type of motivation is OK as long as we keep practicing hard.
Yesterday, Ariga Sensei and I talked about recent Keiko in our Dojo. He is planning that adult beginners put Men earlier than usual. This is not the traditional way. When he was young, he practiced without Bogu for a year. However, buy putting the Bogu sooner, it will make the Kenshis more focused during practice. Once they learn how deep Kendo is, they would get more interested in Kendo.
Today, I will ask them when they want to put Bogu on. It would be their motivation.