...Gekken is essentially old school kendo (what kendo used to be like before the Americans ruined it during the occupation
Mark Shaw wrote: ... would like to get involved in Jukendo myself but no ones instructing it in my country.
60 out of 968 applicants passed (6.2%). Results will be posted on the ZNKR website on the 13th.
Yoshida Hiromitsu, Yamaguchi Pref. Age 50
Abe Akihiko, Ibaraki Pref. Age 51
Sawada Masahiro, Fukuoka Pref. Age 54
Kamada Susumu, Tokyo, Age 61
Yamahata Aimaro(???), Osaka, Age 68 (Kanji for his given name is 阿威麿)
Nagano Kenji, Hyogo Pref. Age 46(!)
Iida Shigehiro, Chiba Pref. Age 49
Matsushita Etsuro, Kagoshima Pref. Age 52
Nishida Yutaka, Iwate Pref. Age 53 (Given name could just be "Yuu")
Ito Yoshiharu, Osaka, 55
Hakamata Daizo(?), Tokyo 59
Sato Shin (maybe Noboru), Niigata Pref. Age 74
Tsugo Yasuhiro, Nagasaki Pref. Age 80(!)
For most people, 65 seems to be about the limit - being 80 and still having the physicality to back up the skills is very impressive.
It's a small sample size, but it's interesting to see the age breakdown.
40s - 2 people
50s - 6 people
60s - 2 people
70s - 1 person
80s - 1 person
We can assume that the guys in their 40s are the tensai geniuses. In the 50s, it seems this is the kendo peak of physicality and experience. But you have as many that pass over 70 as in the 60s, even though there must be many, many more applicants in their 60s than those over 70. I wonder if its something like many of the applicants in their 60s haven't gotten used to their lost physicality, while the ones over 70 that passed have no strength, no speed, no stamina to rely on. They are just Pure Kendo.
Neil Gendzwill wrote:Either that or it's a direction change for the committee. It was not so long ago that nobody in their 70s had ever passed, wasn't it just 4 or 5 years ago that we were marveling at a 72 year old? I always remember a conversation with one of our senior sensei here who said that if you pass everything promptly, you're eligible in your mid-40s and then after 60 the physical decline is a big factor, so in his opinion there was about a 15 year window where you had a chance to pass. Perhaps that's changing now.
Are you asking what makes it difficult, or giving those K-W quotes as an answer to that question?Ulrich von L...n wrote:What makes this exam so difficult?
NeilG wrote:Are you asking ...
Mark Shaw wrote:How much can a successor student change the curriculum/system you've created over decades when you retire from teaching?
If you haven't watched the video before, I suggest you do so, I think it will help answer your question.Ulrich von L...n wrote:OK, I understand that "they set the bar really high" and the pass rate is somewhere between 1 and 6%, but what part of that exam is the most difficult to pass? What they test with a 70-year-old or 80-year-old gentleman? Is it about some kind of mental attitude?NeilG wrote:Are you asking ...
NeilG wrote:Now bear in mind that the old sensei is going to lose in a match to a younger player in competition prime. If you want to keep outside and pick off the wrist, or resort to tactics of continuous cross-checking to take advantage of frailty, then yes he won't keep up.
But in advanced kendo, where we are looking to break the other person's posture and take a point off that, those old guys are very tough.
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