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Written by: A.E.
FRIDAY 25 JULY 2014
Visiting kendokas and senseis keep coming one after another these past few weeks in the IGA Kendo Club Arena Dojo. The recent one being Yon-dan Tachibana-sensei last July 19. His visit fell on the same day when our Club Manager, Kristopher “Kutch” Inting, had his birthday tachikiri-keiko.
As of press time, I’ve been utterly bored for hours already and still can’t find my plot bunny at work when I saw senpai’s solicitation for someone to share their personal experiences related to our trainings. So since Kutch-senpai’s birthday fell on Tuesday (July 22), I had the time to go research (read: stalk) his Facebook account and write something – so it won’t be self-serving on his part when he post the event in the club’s blog. ^_^
Rare times do I write stuff going on with moi so admittedly, even while working on the social media platform, his online presence is still much better than mine. Kutch-senpai publishes club-related articles (wordy, that one) and replies diligently with quite anonymous inquiries as “Pinoy Kendoka” who, according to his wordpress account, is an avid “proponent for the development of Kendo in my home country, the Philippines.”
So back to stalking.. err, researching. I went way back when he first joined Facebook on 28 October 2007 (Yes, i’m that bored -_-) I didn’t find the year he was born sooo… (how old are you, Kutch-senpai??) And while i’m inquiring already, I asked quite a few fellow Kendokas what course did you take when you were in UP Diliman? The responses ranged in between Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biology. I cross-checked Loida-senpai’s account, nope, no idea who was the one who took that Biology course. lol
Anyway, I scrolled back up right to the top of your page, I passed your pile of birthday greetings from 2009 to present and this year, you are one of the few who has replied with more than the customary “Thank you very much, name” lol. Very personalized, and yes senpai, i also look forward to continued training with you.
Btw, it was my first time to watch a tachikiri keiko. Essentially, Kutch-senpai took on six Yudansha senpais and visiting Tachibana-sensei on successive matches, with no breaks in between. Boy, was that awesome. I personally don’t know what kind of injuries you have (didn’t find any clues online) but you certainly exceeded your physical limitations and was able to hold on to the end of the 7 matches.
The final result was 12-4 points in favor of Inting. So there. Whenever i’d feel tired during training, I’d just remember your tachikiri keiko performance and be inspired to continue and do more.
Happy birthday Kutch-senpai and wishing us more awesome years in Kendo ^_^ – A.E
Videos of the matches below:
Kristopher “Kutch” Inting (Sandan) vs. Jomar Romero (Shodan)
vs. Ice Empeno (shodan)
vs. Dardsie Abriol-Santos (Nidan)
vs. Lex Busto (Nidan)
vs. Rikki Reyes (Nidan)
vs. Sugawara Shin Ma (Sandan)
vs. Tachibana Sensei (Yondan)
About the Author: A.E. is the club’s resident weather girl and news caster. When the club needs to know if it’s a good day to practice, they just have to wait for her on-line bulletins. She’s also a big cat person, and we are just waiting for the day when her kiai will sound like a modified “MEOW!”. 😉
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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