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For those interested in the fusion of modern and traditional music, check out this musician Luna Lee on the Korean gayageum (가야금):

* For those interested in what it’s like to practice with a mouth mask, tenugui mouth cover or full mask, George McCall sensei has summarized his experience in [Kenshi247 ChangedMind].

From the Sensei at the Seiyukan Dojo on seme [Seiyukan_seme]:

Another purpose (of seme) is to create the state of “kyo” in the opponent.  Cause “kyo” to arise in the opponent and then strike with “jitsu”.  “kyo” is the state where the body reacts automatically (unconsciously) – even though the head has not sent any (conscious) commands to the various parts of the body.

    • Editor’s notes:
    • Original text in Japanese:
      • もう一つの目的は、相手に「虚」の状態を創ることです。相手に「虚」の状態を起こさせ、それに対し「実」で打ちます。「虚」とは、頭では自分の体の各部に命令していないのに、体が勝手に反応している状態です。

A recommendation of a video to develop natural counterattacks by Hayashi Kunio sensei (Hanshi 8th dan)  with background info in this kenshi247 article by George McCall sensei (Thank you Kevin Buckham sensei for sending this):

Kendo Lecture by Kunio Hayashi Kirikaeshi-no-Kirikaeshi (KNK), May 22, 2020 (10 mins)  “When I was learning Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, that strategy gave me a hit to devise Kirikaeshi-no-Kirikaeshi (to parry an opponent’s strikes and then make a counter strike).”


Zau sensei doing suburi on the Potato Chip Rock at Mt. Woodson in San Diego, Mar. 2020 (before its COVID-19 closure).  Probably a first-ever suburi on that ledge.