Nemoto Michiyo sensei (Kyoshi 7dan) who is trying to get Kendo 8 dan
appeared on the NHK documentary.
If she get 8 dan, she will become first woman have 8 dan.
She won her second consecutive titles in All Japan women’s Kendo Championships.
She got through Kendo 7 dan ‘s examination few as a woman in 1998.
Since women’s kendo teacher was not general,
she has been teaching kendo to a lot of people.
She is a great pioneer to wide possibility for women’s kendo players.
Such a she has her one and only rival.
That person is
Horibe Akemi sensei（Kyoshi 7 dan）
They had practiced hard together as a rival.
Profile of Horibe sensei
Name: Horibe Akemi
She graduated from Tsukuba University with a distinguished record in the inter‐college kendo tournaments.
Her great records that she made it into to best 4 in inter-college for 4 successive years when she was a university student haven’t broken now a day.
( 1st grade 3rd place / 2nd grade and 3rd grade Champion/ 4th grade 2nd place)
Only top class kendo players can participate inter-college kendo tournament
I can’t imagine her strength.
Her successful when she was young is also great.
But, her another great point is that
Since 1978 when is her last participating All Japan,
she came back to participate All Japan again when she was 43 years old after 22 years absence.
Moreover, she went to 3rd tournaments!!
Kendo is lifelong Budo(Martial art)
Young players power and speed overwhelm elderly players.
So elderly seinsei overwhelm young players by how to offence, understanding opponent’s movement, amount of experience.
（I thinks it is difficult to understand for people who have not done Kendo.)
I respect her because she won some young players in the prefectural elimination tournament.
According to Horibe sensei
After graduating Tsukuba university, I got married soon. After that, I had been living in Hong Kong for 17 years. I had been teaching Kendo for Hong Kong’s children while I lived in Hong Kong. It was not for myself, it was practice as a coach. Already 3 years has passed since I came back to Japan, Tochigi prefecuture where I came back to is good environment to practice Kendo myself. I can practice myself. Finally, I thought I would like to participate Shiai again. In the first , It was general to get married and to apply household and child care for our generation. So it was difficult to continue Kendo for women when I was young. Even if continuing, women became teacher for children. I thought it was trend of the time to give chances participating shiai for youth. But I was not infected such trends in Japan because I had been living in Hong Kong for 17 years. I genuinely could face things I wanted to do
She never lost spirit of challenge.
Practice when she was a child.
She has been practicing kendo since she was an elementary school student.
She practiced too hard .
I thoroughly made my teacher practice basic Kendo form from top of the head to tip of the feet in my childhood. For example, left foot which is foot to kick must keep straight. Everyone who practice Kendo understand it but someone end up passing while they can’t . However, I couldn’t be allowed if I was imperfect. I had to practice basics until I was acknowledged by my teacher.
She thoroughly practiced basic!!
I think it is harder !!
Kamae （stance) is needless to say, I repeatedly practiced things what we call basics of kendo until I could appear perfect form .
And about Keiko, Almost of Keiko was Uchikomigeiko which is the method of practice to strike a opponent repeatedly. I loved kendo but it was hard and tough for me. My hardness was not to be struck by the opponents, on the contrary, it was hardness of Kakarigeiko to strike the opponents rapidly. Especially when I was an elementary school student, I had been keeping up to do Kakarigeiko everyday until I couldn’t stand up.
But, I appreciate that my teacher who is Tsubouchi Hachiro（坪内八郎）and my father gave great teaching to me who was immature and don’t understand what is Kendo. If they had not taught like that, I wouldn’t be who I am now. And, I’m still unskilled about Kendo. I would like to get somethings while practicing from now on.
I understand Kakarigeiko is really hard.
It is the hardest keiko among the kendo.
However, she got over it so she could remain great results.
If we would like to master Kendo, we can’t avoid it.
Horibe sensei is also 7 dan （Kyoshi）
I’m not sure that she is aiming to get 8 dan alike Nemoto sensei or not.
She is also continuing to practice and teach Kendo now!!
Someday, I would like to keiko with sensei!!
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