Return to practice

There was a long-awaited return to near normality over the weekend as indoor practice resumed at both Lewes and Tunbridge Wells.

Roald Knutsen

Roald Knutsen sensei was able to attend both sessions and was welcomed back after a long period of enforced isolation.

Practice was conducted under covid-safe conditions, and was limited to individual exercises in kendo basics, using bokuto. The emphasis on basics will remain for some time yet, and it will be a while before we return to bogu and fully normal keiko.

Special Renmei Practice

The Renmei held a special practice in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday. Despite the efforts of Storm Ciara, members from many dojos gathered for a morning of instructive keiko with senior senseis.

We were particularly pleased welcome our guests, Paul Budden sensei kyōshi nanadan and Kazuyo Matsuda sensei renshi nanadan, from Kodokan Kendo in Watford.

Bob Hicks

It is always difficult to be asked to write a few words on the passing of an old friend so I shall be brief.

My wife and I knew Bob from a distance through his interest in ‘Things Japanese’ more or less all his adult life. It was about forty years ago that we first invited him to contribute an intermittent book review to the Journal of the British Kendo Renmei on cultural publications on Japanese subjects that would interest our Members. About this time he began practice in these arts and many of our older students remember him. I should add ‘from a distance’ because Peterborough lies a long way from our centre here in the South so it was not so easy to meet on any sort of regular basis. But, thanks to the invention of email we kept up our correspondence until a couple of months ago.

His erudite understanding was always great help to us all and deeply appreciated. It is such a pity that he never achieved his ambition to visit that country.

Our sincere condolences go out to Sara and his family.

Roald Knutsen and The British Kendo Renmei