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testimonials

Ryan Oliver

2nd Dan


Carin, Gary and Ryan Oliver
 

As a young child, I remember my father returning home once or twice a week with blisters on the soles of his feet somewhat resembling fifty cent pieces.  At that age, I had little idea of the concepts and ideals of Kendo.  When I think of it, has much really changed


I began to trek the long and confusing road of Kendo at the age of 12.  Back then, there were many nights when there were only four people


on the floor in Ballarat.  Still, there was definitely something beguiling about wearing clothes that resemble a dress, developing a scent that often leaves you lonely on a Saturday night, and screaming at the top of your “hara”, beating others with bamboo swords.  Apart from that, no matter how often or hard you train; there is always an eighty year old Japanese gentleman who has no problem beating you up. 

I was influenced by people like Arpad Maksay, Jason Widdy and Tony Pickering.  However, it wasn’t until a young man by the name of Satoru Takada came to Ballarat that I found my true passion for Kendo.  Satoru brought a new air to the Ballarat Kendo Club, giving us all new training ideas and ways to improve our Kendo.  It was during that time, that I finally understood the origin of those fifty cent blisters.

Kendo has taken me to Japan three times thus far, for a     total stay of over three years and counting.  To me, Kendo is not just a means of staying healthy, but through the stringent learning of “reigi”, Kendo can influence the way we view our lives, work, school and relationships.

I hope Kendo in Australia continues to grow as it has until now.

Ryan Oliver



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