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03 June 2009 @ 09:08 pm
Kendo part 四: エ〜ッ!  
Practice proceeds apace. I learned my first kata last Thursday, a dodge and counterattack against a strike to the wrist. And yesterday I was taught two of the other basic strikes besides men (a strike to the head): kote (to the wrist/gauntlet) and (to the torso/breastplate). This leaves, I think, the two sayū-men strikes (left/right men, to the temples) of the basic bread-and-butter attacks. I still get corrected frequently, but my men strikes seem to be getting better. I feel like I'm making serious progress. I'll probably be buying a keikogi and hakama soon.

Now if only I could get my kiai to sound more like a battle cry and less like an imitation of The Fonz...
 
 
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Current Music: King Crimson - Lizard
 
 
 
gwalla: fgsfdsgwalla on June 4th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
There's an additional complication in kendo, because your kiai is actually the name of the strike (or rather, what you're trying to hit). Yes, that's right, you have to call your attacks for real. So the kiai for a strike to the head is "MEN!" though it ends up more like "EN!", a strike to the midsection is "DO!" but ends up (since you usually continue through) as "DOOOOOOOOH!", and one to the wrist is "KOTE!" but contracts to "K'TE!" or "TE!"
Ameliapadparadscha on June 4th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
THE KRINGLE KRUSH
Damn, that complicates things. Strings of random vowels are the best I can manage; try to get me to articulate and I'll get hurt somehow.

(Falcon ... PUNCH!!!)
gwalla: big sulky headgwalla on June 4th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: THE KRINGLE KRUSH
That comic kinda fails, because Zelda doesn't actually call her attacks in Smash Bros. In fact, the whole premise behind the joke is flawed, because only a few characters in the game actually do that; most are sub-verbal and just grunt or shout unintelligibly.

gripe grip gripe

(The funny thing is it holds for nearly every other fighting game...just not Smash Bros.)
Amelia: Peachpadparadscha on June 5th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: THE KRINGLE KRUSH
YOU, sir, are a NITPICKER. :P

Although I do like that it is the one game for which it's not true--but I think Captain Falcon's enthusiastic announcement that he's punching probably averages it out. (Favorite is still Clayfighter 63 1/3--something about naming a move "Get 'Em, Fifi!" makes me very happy.)

I love how people bitch about the lack of voiced dialogue in Mario games. I'm so used to it that if Mario said more than about three words at a time I'd get nervous.