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Demo Guide

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.

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.
. 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

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).

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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