I started kendo back when I was in High school in Malaysia partly because my Alma Mater St.John’s was the only school to have a high school kendo club and the president of the club at that time was a cute girl. But after a year of learning kendo, it totally blew me away. If you could find a point in life where it is life changing then, for me starting or experiencing kendo was the beginning of it.
Kendo was very difficult, awkward, and different. But when you managed to hit your opponent cleanly, the feeling, the reverberation, the sight and sound of it is addictive. It is always forcing and pushing you near the limit, and as you dig in deep, the more there is to learn and practice. It becomes part of you, define you and mould you. The whole process is fun, and through it I met some of the most wonderful, awe inspiring people, and enthusiastic people. People starts kendo for 1001 reason, and I hope through this tour and experience will be a starting point of your kendo life, and if not, hope that it will offer you a glimpse of samurai of the forgotten era put their life and hard work into their art.