Taos kendo students learn "Way of the Sword' from Japanese master

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Posted 9/5/19

On Aug. 24-25 at Enos Garcia Elementary School, Taos Kendo Dojo hosted the world-renowned kendo teacher Ota Tadanori Sensei Hanshi Hachidan. Ota Sensei is the former head of the Tokyo Metropolitan …

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Taos kendo students learn "Way of the Sword' from Japanese master

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On Aug. 24-25 at Enos Garcia Elementary School, Taos Kendo Dojo hosted the world-renowned kendo teacher Ota Tadanori Sensei Hanshi Hachidan. Ota Sensei is the former head of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Kendo Unit. He currently serves as the vice-chairman of the All Japan Dojo Renmei. He has written books on kendo in Japanese and has been featured in a number of films about the art. Kendo has over two million practitioners worldwide, but since World War II, only roughly 500 people have reached his rank. Currently in the United States, there are only two instructors that share his rank.

Students and instructors alike came from all over the country to attend the special seminar. Ota Sensei instructed everyone on the fundamentals of kendo and encouraged students to use the physically strenuous aspects of the art to strengthen their character.

Kendo, or the Japanese "way of the sword," is a martial art that stresses personal development as much as technical and physical development.

"It was monumental to have such a highly skilled, humble and wise teacher come to our small mountain town," said Aaron Garlick, one of the instructors at the Taos Kendo Dojo.

Those interested in learning more are welcome to watch a practice anytime. Practices are held Wednesday and Sunday evening from 5-8 p.m. in the Enos Garcia gymnasium.

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