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by Kristopher Inting
As I blog this, Typhoon Rammasun (or the local designation of Glenda), has just finished battering it’s way through the Metro Manila area. And I mean it when I say “battering”. I woke up this morning to shaking windows and the eerie howling of wind, and it only got worse as the morning progressed. Upon reflection, I thought that this was how the 3 Little Pigs in that Grimm Fairy Tale felt like. Reasonably sure that my brick and mortar house won’t be blown down, yet huddled inside, scared to face the monster howling just beyond the walls.
A US News site has labelled this storm to be the: “Strongest to Ever Hit Manila, Philippines”. I feel that this is a bit exaggerated, but it is certainly the strongest in terms of wind to hit this area in recent memory. The local weather bureau, PAGASA, said that prior to hitting Manila, the storm intensified to a category 3, with maximum sustained winds of over 140kph and gustiness of over 170kph.
So what does this mean then? It meant that one of our members, who lives in the 33rd floor of her condo, was complaining of being seasick due to the movement of the building in that wind. It meant that as of 6:30am this morning, virtually all of Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces were left without power. It meant that the streets were being flooded as a combination of one month worth of rain and a 3 meter storm surge served to overwhelm the city’s inefficient drainage system.
In spite of all the challenges however, I am glad to report that so far I have yet to hear of any of our members being adversely affected by the storm. Sure some of us got seasick, had to deal with flooding and/or leaks, got trapped in our office buildings as the night shift didn’t end early enough to escape the storm…but those are all minor things. So far at least, nobody has been hurt or has had a catastrophic loss of property. And for that I am grateful.
Rammasun’s next stop is supposed to be Southern China and/or Northern Vietnam. While crossing the landmass of Luzon caused it to weaken, crossing the sea is supposed to make it regain it’s strength once again. So to our Kendo compatriots in those regions, please check the news of this approaching storm and prepare. Good luck to us all!
The IGA Kendo Club is proud to officially acknowledge their new set of dan-holders from the Arena Fitness Dojo. The dan certificates finally arrived from the Hong Kong Kendo Association last July 10, 2014. The said certificates were then presented last Saturday, July 12, 2014, to their very deserving recipients during a small ceremony after practice in the Arena Fitness Dojo.
On the same day, the club welcomed to the Philippines a visiting sensei, Mr. Kawaguchi, a 7th-dan holder from Kyushu. After practice he expressed his happiness for practicing with IGA Ken, and his admiration for the club’s emphasis on trying to teach Kendo in the proper manner. We certainly hope that he can visit us again in the future.
Here are the thoughts of a beginner on practicing for the first time with the Davao Kendo Club. And to know that we were instrumental to leading her to DKC gives us a sense of fulfillment. Good luck with your Kendo Journey Jercyl!
I’ve wanted to learn Kendo for years now. I even made inquiries early this year from the club manager of the dojo in Manila if there’s Kendo club in Davao. Unfortunately, there was none at that time. So I decided to wait. I have always believed that something worth pursuing is worth waiting for.
About a few weeks ago, the same club manager contacted me. He said that a Davao Kendo club is already being formed. He then gave me the link to the Facebook page and that was how it all started for me. I missed the club’s first practice session. But I was finally able to join last night.
Trying something new is without a doubt one of the most edifying experiences anyone can have. Doing Kendo for the first time last night made me think about a lot of things. And here are just some of them:
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There are those of you from Davao who have been following our club over the years, asking if and when there will be Kendo in your fair city. Our previous answers have always been “no” unfortunately. To all Davao citizens we are pleased to announce that this situation has changed! The Davao Kendo Club has been recently formed, organized under the tutelage of Mr. Philip Kim (3-dan) and the management of Mr. Johnny Teofilo Lardera Jr. We are looking forward to the growth of this club and to future collaborations with them.
If you want to learn more about them, and/or inquire about how to join them, please click on the picture above to be directed to their Facebook Page.
Congratulations to the Davao Kendo Club! Good luck with your endeavors!