Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Monday, January 03, 2011


Below is an excerpt from The full article may be read here. By the way, the painting of the comorant is by Musashi.

Kendo Terminology: Sen
"Sen no sen" "Sen sen no sen" "Go no sen"

This kendo terminology, "sen" is an important part of our kendo life, especially in the early stage. Thus, we must really understand what "sen" means...

If you just say this word "sen" to a Japanese, they think that you are trying to tell them something about 1000 (the number).

However, in kendo, we use "sen" as in "sen wo toru", which means "to anticipate (what your opponent will do)".

It is important to know this word because 1. senseis use this word all the time, 2. we want to achieve this level.

There are "Sen no Sen", "Sen Sen no Sen" and "Go no Sen".

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