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Old 12-31-05, 03:07 AM   #1
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A tough question

Well, here is a tough question. Besides cycling, I do a few other outside-work activities.

0. Taking care of the house, car, pool, etc.
1. Playing piano
2. Kendo
3. Iaido

0 is non negotiable.

This year, I am going through a consolidation. I am trying to decide what is and isn't important to me. Piano is something that I have recently started enjoying more and more, and have decided that it is something I want to do. On the other hand, Kendo and Iaido, both of which I have done for about two years, I have found myself enjoying less and less. On one hand, I want to keep at it, because of the skills I have gained over those two years and what the sports have brought me. On the other hand, I simply don't fell that much desire to do them anymore.

So, for you who have gone through these decisions, can you give me any advice? I'm just not sure what to do...
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Old 12-31-05, 03:14 AM   #2
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Focus on the things you like the most, everything else will fall to the wayside... but that is how it has to be...

I have two hobbies, cycling and oboe... right now (gasp) oboe is a little more important... but cycling has its place.
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Have you progressed to training with a shinken? If so, are you practicing Tameshigiri to any degree? As you imply above, Iaido is an art that asks for a certain degree of dedication. When you reach the intermediate levels of Tameshigiri, when can make your shinken sing as you run through your kata, that is the starting point of discovering what is Iaido. That is when things begin to come together. I suspect that you might already know the answer to your question, or perhaps you might want to find a school that maintains strong tradition, and emphasizes live blade and Tameshigiri. I know that certain schools work only with bokken, and others use live blades strictly for kata.

Also, I suspect that you might want to choose between Kendo and Iaido. I realize that some schools teach both, but my *personal* view is that Kendo technique will tend to interfere with Iaido technique--specifically your kata, your hasuji, and later, Tameshigiri. There are so many moves in Kendo that you absolutely must not do with shinken. Again, this is strictly a *personal* view. I would never contradict one's Sensei, and there are students that practice both more than successfully. I have friends who could never give up the combativeness of Kendo, just as I could never compromise working with shinken and Tameshigiri. The one is actual combat without the mortal aspects, the other carries the powerful implications of mortality without the actual combat. Although I do love combat, I am too powerfully drawn to the sheer beauty of latter.

I'm a workaholic and pursue many activities and athletic pursuits. Have been this way since I was a kid with strong encouragement from my father. Your chores are preparation for your life when you get out on your own, and you must learn to work around it. It is not a crutch, it is an integral and important part of life. What you can fit into your schedule depends on your own levels of dedication, spirit, and drive. Everyone's different.

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