This weekend was our organization’s semiannual promotion exam and I took the ni-dan test.
Part of the exam was to discuss the four kendo sicknesses. I’ve posted my essay below:
The four kendo sicknesses
One of the ultimate goals of kendo is to obtain a state of mushin or “empty” mind. This occurs when one is able to instinctively respond to your opponent without any conscious thought. Without having to consciously think one is able to instinctively respond quickly and without hesitation. Continue reading