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Monday, August 16, 2010

PAKA’s tidbits

Against all odds
When sho-dan Rosemarie Read and Delia Sanchez joined Lopez Q. sensei's dojo he had no idea that they had been practicing by themselves. Amazingly, Rosemary had formed a small all-female kendo club in the back porch of an international benefit and they are currently holding Friday night classes, attracting women to kendo. Lopez Q. sensei visited Rosemary's dojo and was truly impressed by the women's determination to keep practicing despite little to no equipment (have you shared only one kote?). Sensei invited the women to visit PAKA dojo and he will continue visiting Rosemary's, hoping that several kendo clubs are formed in Panama in the years to come.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: August 19, 2010
Rosemarie´s kendo club also includes male kenshi.

Kendo training dummy
We have a kendo training dummy as of August 14th (see dummy or motodachi in the back of class facing sensei). Dummy has no name yet but surely students will find one that suits him as he is part of the PAKA family now. Motodachi is made with wood, nails, plastic pipe, old car tire and old men. We encourage you to make your own hitting dummy if possible and share your dummy-making stories and pictures with us.

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