SEJSCC Camp Hanabi Kendo Demonstration 7/11/12

Norwalk Kendo Dojo has been asked to put on a kendo demonstration and basic kendo lesson at Camp Hanabi, the Southeast Japanese School and Community Center's week-long camp for 5- to 10-year-olds.

If anyone has shinai they no longer use, especially size 36 or 37, please bring them to the dojo. We can cut them down if they're larger, or even fix "lightly broken" ones - just so we have something for the camp kids to swing.

Kendo Demonstration Notes


  • yudansha:
    Kodama Jean (JK), Kariya Yoshijiro (YK), Chang Jeffrey (JC), Nakagawa Takeshi (TN), Yoon Brian (BY)
  • kyu:
    Yoon Courtney (CY), Ji Daniel (DJ), Kim Jun Bae (JBK)
  • everyone please arrive at the dojo between 12:30-12:45pm to set up and change
  • set up: sweep gym, iaito, shinpanki, mejirushi, stopwatch, 25 NOR tenugui to pass out, camp shinai (33, 36, 37), cones
Demonstration outline
[ ] indicates parallel activity
1 line up mens (yudansha north side, kenshi south side)
2 JK "seiretsu", all line up facing audience, JK "rei"
3 line up behind mens; BY "chakuza, mokuso, naore, rei"
  [JK greetings, remarks (no introductions)]
4 JK direct kihondosa by all minus YK
  M, K, D, suburi, hayasuburi 30x
  [YK put on men]
5 JK slow motion demo of points on YK 
  [everyone else put on men]
6 uchikomi demo: YK and JC, directed by JK
  basic:   (YK) big M,K,D  (JC) fast M,K,D,M
  renzoku: (YK) KM, KMD    (JC) KMDM, KMDMM
  M ni taisuru: (YK) debana K  (JC) kaeshi D
  K ni taisuru: (YK) kaeshi M  (JC) nuki M
7 uchikomi by kyu w/yudansha motodachi
  kirikaeshi (rotate)
  3M (rotate), 3KM (rotate), 3KD (rotate)
  kakari geiko (rotate)
  [JK direct each part]
8 JK iaido demo 
  [yudansha remove men to be shinpan, kyu put on tasuki]
9 shiai demo
  DJ vs CY
  [JK commentary, TN timekeeper]
a JK conclusion
  [all seiza, remove men; BY "mokuso, naore, rei"]
b JK "seiretsu", all line up facing audience, JK "rei"
c take mens back to walls

Kendo Lesson Notes
1  pass out tenugui
2a seiza, mokuso, naore, rei
   [all NOR line up facing kids]
2b fold tenugui, put on
   [NOR kyu demonstrate, dan help kids]
3  men uchi sankyodo
   just footwork, then add pressed hands (ph)
4a tobikomi men/ph (to cone); men/ph back
   (all at same time)
4b relay race (add NOR kyu to groups?)
   [yudansha+CY+JK put on men; motodachi]
5  men uchi sankyodo/ph on motodachi
   [ichi=raise, ni="men", san=back]
   [get shinai (sh)]
6  men uchi sankyodo/sh on motodachi
   [ichi=raise, ni="men", san=back]
7a tobikomi men/sh (to cone); men/sh back
7b relay race (hand off sh)
8  seiza, mokuso, naore, rei
9  closing remarks, rei

Camp Hanabi general notes

This year, the Southeast Japanese School and Community Center will present its first ever Japanese cultural camp for kids. Dubbed Camp Hanabi, it will be held July 9-13 (Monday-Friday) from 9am-3pm at the Center.

The camp is for kids aged 5-10. $150 includes five days of language, culture, crafts, and sports activities plus a camp tshirt. See flyer and application, and please pass this along to friends and family (deadline to register is 6/25).

Preliminary details

  • camp schedule
  • three groups by age, with seven or eight kids per group
    5 yr (2), 6 yr (5), 7 yr (3), 8 yr (4), 9 yr (5), 10 yr (3)

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