Sunday, June 08, 2008

How important do you think timing really is?

Sigh, my wrist has been kinda sore for the past week so I've been out of Kendo and Iaido for the time being. Since the tournament is coming up, I don't want to risk injuring it further and ruin my chances of going to Las Vegas.

If you have been doing Kendo for a little while, you probably heard your sensei or sempai keep telling you of ways to improve your timing and how important that is. It's not that we don't believe them since we try to improve timing and strength along with the other Kendo requisites if we desire to improve ourselves.

But do we really understand the whole concept of timing? Most likely not. But this video that has been circulating on youtube for the past week or so should help with that. The guys involved in the video have the experience to move so fast and accurately and the judges have the experience to be able to see who is hitting what. But for us normal people, we have a high speed camera that helps us see just what's happening just before the hits that give them the edge. I don't want to give anything away, so here's the video, and I'll just leave it at that.

EDIT: Due to the fact that I'm having some issues viewing the video in its embedded form, I'll just post the link below.

Kendo in High Speed Camera (Slow Motion)


Genevra said...

Hiya! So you have a kendo blog, too.
(I keep one at LJ, f'locked to save on embarrassment.)

maxime said...

Hey I'm just a random guy but if you want to have better timing I think it's important to watch a lot of high level kendo and to immerse yourself into it.

Its a question of having a set of goals and an image of how you want your kendo to be. But if you dont watch high level kendo you will never be able to build such an image and you will never really improve.

Christopher George said...

That is something I totally agree with. As with anything in life, it's best to have some goals set to give one a purpose for what it going on.

The high level kendo is great to see. It's great practice to see what makes a good point and what doesn't and how your form should be.

Bokushingu said...

i have found that Timing & Tame are very much related. I have also found that you must use Sutemi in every cut inorder to develop it.

Second you must keiko with both more skilled Kenshi & less skilled Kenshi.

Third you must use metsuke. I have found that practicing enzan no metsuke allows me to feel along with see my opponent's intentions.

And final, I have found understanding mittsu no sen & seme allows for cutting at the right moment.

hope this helps
Dave P

Christopher George said...


1. Tame was something that my sensei has gotten on me about a few months ago to speed up my response time. I really understand what it is and can even put it in explainable terms (as seen in other entries of mine), but only something that I've been able to only sparingly employ.

2. There's no problem with that. I go to three different dojo around here which gives me an opportunity to practice with people of all shapes and sizes and experience levels.

3. Metsuke is something that I have been working on for the past few weeks and I'm beginning to see the benefits. I've been able to really feel out the opponent and respond better to the person's intentions and actions, but even able to put some pressure on the opponent.

4. For mitsu no sen, it's something I've not necessarily tried to actively employ as it all seems to end up being a byproduct of using correct seme. It's more of a retrospective thing for me, but not any less important. For the seme, it's one thing to know it, but another thing to be able to perform all three elements simultaneously.

Come to think of it, I think a lot of my problems are a result of me thinking too much about it, which is what was discussed in Iaido in an interesting way last night.

Thanks for the comments!

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