Do Shin Ken Yu Kai - Yorkshire Kendo Club
ABOUT THE DOJO NAME...
DO SHIN KEN YU KAI means the friendly association for the development of the heart/mind through the application of the principles of the sword.
We should all try to live up to the ethos of the dojo name.
The term DOJO comes from Buddhism and means "A place to study" and originally referred to the platform the Buddha meditated on
When entering or leaving a DOJO one should perform RITSU REI to the JOSEKI (Bow to the high side and location of the Banner) in order to help to mentally commit yourself to sincere training. It is most important to have appreciation for a place to practice kendo and people to practice with.
We must always strive to maintain the cleanliness and neatness of the DOJO by taking care of our own belongings (e.g., shoes, clothes, DOGU) and helping to prepare the room and sweep clean the floor etc.
Students line up with the SEMPAI nearest to JOSEKI and the rest progressively towards the lower end of the DOJO (SHIMOZA) by whether they are correctly attired, then by grade and then by age. Visitors usually insist on sitting at the lowest seat and this is standard practice no matter what their grade or age.
At DO SHIN KEN YU KAI it is customary for anyone of YONDAN (4th DAN) or above to be invited to sit at the teacher’s side of the dojo.
All those who train at DO SHIN KEN YU KAI should feel safe and welcome. We must all treat each other respectfully.
We all have a duty of care when in the Dojo not to harm others by our actions or omissions. This includes practicing and teaching with equipment that we know is safe to use and practicing and teaching in ways that will not cause injury to others.
Shi Tei Do Go
This important Zen concept means: the master and student follow the same path. They are not equal but have a great deal in common. In the dojo, the master leads the way and the novice follows directions. Everyone who trains at DO SHIN KEN YU KAI must remember that less experience does not mean less intelligent or less worthy of respect.
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Gary O'Donnell Kyoshi Nanadan
Has practiced Kendo, Iaido and Jodo for more than thirty years achieving grades in all three.
Leads and supports at several BKA events each year acting as a teacher, referee, examiner and organiser at these events
Is a recognised International referee
Particularly enjoys Kata training and also practices kenjutsu: Mizoguchi Ha Itto Ryu Heiho, Niten Ichi Ryu and Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu.
Is a qualified teacher and education manager PGCEM, B.Ed (Design & Technology) and a national (level 4) coach with the BKA.
Started kendo training in 1980 and has been involved on and off with the national squad on several occasions over the years.
Has competed successfully in numerous competitions and events winning menjo, medals and cups of all shapes and sizes.
Now focusses mainly but not exclusively on refereeing and coaching.
Currently the Director of kendo for the British Kendo Association.
Benefits to be gained from kendo training...
Physical conditioning and maturity of mind
Etiquette, courtesy, morality, respect, empathy
Concentration, focus, attentiveness, eagerness to learn
Agility, dexterity, coordination, grace
Endurance, strength, perseverance
Care of equipment
Promptness, reliability, accountability
Orderliness, neatness, pride
It Is the duty of all human beings to seek to develop these positive traits. We should consider that KENDO is not a sport or martial art to label it as either or even both of these simply does not do it justice, although it can be both of these things if that is what you are looking for.
Kendo (The way of the sword) in fact is a means by which one can develop positive traits (Virtues) through the application of the principles of the sword and as such transcends the limitations of both sports and martial arts and enters into the field of personal/spiritual development.
Mental attitude is of paramount importance in all aspects of life. Being positive and constructive is essential if we are to remain healthy and happy. Supporting others is very rewarding and leads to a richer life. In kendo a positive mental attitude manifests itself in Reiho. Dealing with others sincerely in an open manner, seeking to treat others fairly and remaining objective are essential elements of Rei. The way that we interact with others is a measure of how well we have learned the principles of kendo and integrated these into our personality.
The Dance Mill is based in the heart of West Yorkshire. It offers great facilities for kendo, with a sprung floor, floor length mirrors at one end of the studio and plenty of room to fence for up to about 10 pairs. There are also showers and the area is secured using a fingerprint entry system
THE DANCE MILL
TUESDAY AT THE DANCE MILL 7.30PM - 9.30PM
FRIDAY AT THE DANCE MILL 8.30PM - 10.30PM