I still remember the time I began my way of the sword. It was right after my freshman year and I was still quite oblivious to everything that studying at the university really meant. The same went with kendo and the beginner's course I took part in.
At the time our club had two asageikos per week. So, waking up at an ungodly hour and carrying my kendo stuff to the dojo was something I took for granted.
And it actually worked very well! I had to spend all my resources on staying awake so there was less time for complaining (though I can image myself trying to complain anyways). At the time I thought it was just weird and peculiar to start your day doing sports. Only later did I learn the full concept of asageiko.
When our club gave up on morning practices it was an end of an era for the club but also for me. Thank god, I said out loud but later on I really started to miss them. And I don't think I'm the only one!
Now we're back at square one, as once more we're going to have asageiko. Only time will tell whether the hours establish themselves like the ones we used to have, but if it's up to me, I do my best to contribute. I'm sure I'm not the only one excited to see how things work out!
If you're thinking that kendo is the sports for you but hesitate the early hours of practice let me assure you:
IT'S ONE OF THE BEST WAYS OF DOING KENDO!
Make sure to make it:
Tue 8.00-9.00 and Fri 7.00-8.00
Applies 1.9. onwards
See you at asageiko!
<3 Jenni, club president