Special Interview ~Ryo Iguchi〜（2）
※Previous post Part1: “The reality of a Kendoka with a day job.”
PART2 "Kendo of a 30 year old working man"
~ Ryo Iguchi, Vice Captain of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd. Kendo Division~
(From Here onKENDO PARK = KP IGUCHI Ryo = IGUCHI
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd. = MITSUI)
As you are approaching 30 years old, what are you intending to focus on.
First off, to continue the idea of “ If lost, move half a step forward”.
My cuts might reduce in power but I do not want to lose my pressure pushing forward.
As my techniques up to date has been kote and Hiki-men, with 90 percent being variations,
I want to train on more techniques which are straight forward.
Without a doubt, my executions have been less graceful over the years,
I think I can continue to maintain the level of my favorite techniques
by throwing in straight forward techniques.
During my recent trainings, I have been conscious of “how do I push out my left hand”.
In a short period of time, the number of losing bouts would increase,
but for my improvement in the coming years, this is an important process in my opinion.
It sounds peculiar, please explain one of the techniques oversea Kendoka can work on.
One of my favourite technique is “Feint kote”. By raising your hands and go for opponent’s men, you then proceed to cut the opponent’s kote.
※Points have been summarized to the following based on the conversation.
1 With proper footwork, Fumikomi into the opponent’s close perimeter
2 Bring up your shinai slightly to the right as to feint men cut. (Reference photo below)
3 Cut opponent’s kote when arms are raised.
- Fumikomi toward the opponent
- While your kote and men are shielded, execute a fake.
- Cut kote by adjusting your left hand accordingly with varying distance.
- Trigger the defensive instinct of the opponents, your aim is to make them raise their arms.
- The timing to cut differs from person to person, but firstly go through points 1, 2 and 3, then visualize how the arms would be raised.
- The worst outcome would be a Tsubazeriai, the risk of being countered is low.
Thank you for your detailed explanation.
It is quite common to only be able to train at small local Dojo, a lot of voices were heard saying it was hard to obtain and perfect their techniques.
I know how that feels.
That is why there are people of various age and level participating in the company team as it provides an environment to allow these working men to continue pursuing kendo.
Are non-company employee foreigners allowed to join the training?
There is no problems in particular in my opinion, but of course we will have to confirm on the number of participants beforehand.
(As the facility is company owned, a firm answer could not be provided)
I have actually joined a few company team trainings and has called in advance,
so far, I have yet to be turned away.
As I have personal contacts, this isn’t an issue for me, however,
would you say it will be convenient for normal non-employee Kendoka to have a matching system to link them to company training sessions.,
That is true. I do think company teams are quite friendly to foreign kendoka.
As it is a new dojo, everyone is quite enthusiastic to show up for training.
Do contact us in advance if you plan to join us (laugh).
Next up, we will publish about practical techniques that are usually not seen in other medias.
Neither a local dojo, nor a school or police team,
corporation team may be the most ideal environment for working men to continue training kendo.
(As one of the top corporation in Japan, they have a nice dojo)
Perhaps, the key to continue training kendo is to look for the best environment that suits you.
Born December 8th, 1987 in Tokyo
Graduated from Keio University's Faculty of Law.
Started Kendo at 5 years old at the Tokyo-budokan (located in Ota-ku, Tokyo), and continued kendo club activities throughout Keio junior high school and Keio high school, and during Keio University Athletic Association's Kendo association, as well as Nomura Securities' Kendo association.
Started KENDO PARK services in 2017.
Major kendo accomplishments include:
・Second place in Kanagawa prefecture's high school kendo tournament
・Best 8 in Kanto students' new player tournament
・Best 16 in All-Japan Business Organization Kendo Tournament, etc.