Our club was going to resume our practice on July 22nd. However, one of area organizations our facility located developed a COVID-19 cluster. Because of that, the facility opening has been postponed indefinitely. COVID-19 infection number has been increasing in Hawaii and in the world. At this moment, we do not know when we can start practicing. I think that only time we can practice safely is the time effective vaccine developed and available with ample supply.
Only one dojo I know in Hawaii has resumed their practices. Of course kenshis are wearing masks all the time with keeping enough distance between each other. Kenshis have light warm-up and then practice Boku-To Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keiko Hou.
No kendo activities are happening in Hawaii and other places. So, I do not have much to inform you. I am doing at least 1500 suburis a day which takes the entire day. Initially I wanted to do with integrity (proper foot work, posture and wrist/arm positions.) Nowadays, just doing for moving my body enough to avoid deterioration of muscles and cardio-vascular systems. You should do something, like walking, running, swimming, dancing, to keep your body moving.
One of my sisters said that her sister loved other relatives more than she loved her own sister. She did not realize that she had to be a lovable person to be loved. It is very simple like that. If you want to be loved and respected, you must be a lovable and respectable person. High ranks and impressive titles should but not necessarily draw love and respect. You have to say things and act the way that draws love and respect. As a kenshi you should try hard to get better but when it comes to be lovable and respectable, your human character must be cultivated through kendo.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club