Shudokan Kendo Godogeiko 2018

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We hosted our first kendo summer godogeiko ever on Saturday, July 21. Our dojo was lucky enough to train with several high-ranking sensei and their students from several dojos.

Godogeiko all day

Everyone traveled here from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and even Connecticut. Among the participants were three 7th dan sensei. They are our Matsushita Shuji sensei; Vincent Lan sensei; and Joshua Caroll sensei, who recently passed his 7th dan exam.

Lan sensei and his students joined us for morning training. We started with kirikaeshi and basic men strikes. Then it was jigeiko or free sparring! We trained nearly 2 hours and took a 2-hour break.

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Shudokan Dojo hosted its first summer kendo godogeiko on Saturday, July 21. Our friends from Ken Wa Kan Kendo Dojo trained with us in the morning. #kendo #剣道

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Nito and Jodan

More sensei and their students joined us in the afternoon. We resumed at 5 p.m. Everyone stretched a little. Then we did jigeiko until almost 7 p.m.

Everyone trained hard and gave full effort. Since the weather was hot and humid, Matsushita sensei cautioned us to be careful of heat stroke. He told us to take a break if we don’t feel well.

Among the many memorable events of the day … Mr. Paul Winters of Kenshinkai used nito (two swords), while Matsushita sensei used jodan no kamae at one point. While I have seen these fighting styles at kendo tournaments, this was a rare and valuable opportunity to practice against them.

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More friends joined us for our summer kendo godogeiko in the afternoon. They are from New York Kenshinkai, Garden State Kendo (GSK) and Ken-Zen Institute. #剣道 #kendo

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After a day of hard training, everyone relaxed and celebrated at our dojo’s afterparty.

There was much food and discussions about kendo into the early morning hours.

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After a day of hard training, everyone relaxed and celebrated over dinner. Much discussion on martial arts ensued.

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Participating Sensei

Participating Dojo

Note: Any mistake or omission in this post is mine alone. — Gary Pang