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Demo Guide

Notes:
1 A proper demonstration is not to "wow" the crowd with showy moves. It is used to introduce Kendo and educate the audience.
2 The audience do not have knowledge of Kendo, keep explanations short.
3 Ask for questions before moving on.

Introduction:
Kendo - Japanese fencing, modern form of swordfighting used by Samurai, goal is to practice technique not whack
Cougar Kendo - founded in 2008, instructed by Mark Kerstein Sensei, # of members, rank, practice times and dates
Houston Budokan - CK is affiliated, Sensei is one of the instructors at, head by Craig Sensei, Houston Branch of Chiba dojo
Chiba Dojo - family in Japan, 400+ year old martial art tradition

* The following sections can work in different orders.
Basics:
. Manners: may seem unusual to many people, but every aspect of Kendo is part of manners! If you have good manners, people will practice with you. It ranges from doing a certain bow to the dojo to doing a different bow to your opponent to opening your palm and asking to walk in front of a person, etc.
. Cuts: explain Men, Kote, Do, Tsuki

Kata:
Kendo is split into 2 parts. Kata is before the invention of bogu and shinai. Kata = forms, premade movements. Includes basics to Kendo, like manners and movements, such as Men (forhead cut).

Bogu:
The other part involves sparring with protective gear. We do many drills to develop our skills.
. Kirikaeshi: develops many things such as speed, distance and breathing
. 1-7: overview of all basic cuts and movements.
. If time, Waza: People seem impressed by debana..
- IF ASKED, Jigeiko: sparring, cannot just hit the opponent to score.
. If time, KekariKeiko: done at the end of practice

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