The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

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 ~

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Last 10th Dan in Kendo

Moriji Mochida was the last man to be awarded the 10th Dan in Kendo.


Paul said...

Working smarter (mind) is always better than working harder (body), assuming everything else being equal. But who knows when an older folk is doing smarter than a younger guy? For all I know, they usually don't (save demonstrations featuring highly respected and respectable masters, with all my due respects to everybody, as always )....

Rick said...

Those awesome old guys are few and far between, but they are really something. If you follow the "kendo videos" tag, you'll find a 9th Dan in Kendo just toying with his opponents.

Yamabushi said...

I had seen this a while back. I forgot the gentleman's name. Thanks for bringing this back into memory, Rick.

As you say, few and far between, but truly amazing to behold.

Rick said...

The planets almost have to be aligned in a certain way for anyone to rise to the pinnacle in any field.