I began practicing kendo in January 2004 during my freshman year of college and Musō Shinden ryū along with ZNKR seitei iaido in the spring of 2008. My first introduction to martial arts was judo when I was in the 1st grade and continued until I earned 3rd kyu. Had to stop for various reasons at that point and when I entered college, I jumped at the chance to learn kendo. Still have a lot to learn about kendo and iaido and I don’t think I’ll ever have all my questions answered.
Why kendo and iaido?
Ever since I was little I’ve had a fascination with swords and always admired them. It wasn’t until I was much older that I started to really appreciate them for what they really are and by then I wasn’t able to study any Japanese sword art. For me, both kendo and iaido show exactly who you really are and forces you to face each and every one of your faults in both technique and character. Nothing that I’ve practiced has ever pushed me to face myself so completely before and I’m a much better person for it. I will continue to practice both arts until the day I die, provided my body doesn’t give out first.