So today was the first time for me to finally practice Kendo since I’ve arrived in New Zealand at the Christchurch Aotearoa Kendo Club ๐Ÿ˜€ The club was closed for about 3-4 weeks due to the earthquake in February and started practice again since today. Classes are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7.30PM until 9:00PM, so plenty of practice opportunities. The club is actually located in a school gym not too far from where I’m staying at the moment, about a 15min bike ride.

I received a warm welcome from sensei Dong-Ho Choo (4th dan) and the other kendokas and we started with a warm-up in Korean (mostly counting wise), but I was allowed to do it in Japanese ๐Ÿ˜› The warm-up is a little bit more intense due to the faster pace compared to our normal warm-up at Ren Bu Kan, plus the sets are a slightly longer (30-40 instead of 20 because we want save more time for the actual practice haha). All in all, the warm-up was quite exhausting and especially when I haven’t really done anything sport related for the past 2 weeks besides being ill. D:

The dojo was quite nice and had a nice wooden floor and we were with around 14 people. The training itself was nothing really special actually, just basic kihon, some waza like debana men and short jigeiko. I was actually surprised that I was the highest grade there after the sensei. Nevertheless, I was quite pleased that I could actually practice again… sitting at home the whole time was getting boring haha. But I was told that they normally have around 20 people, but there were less today because people are still busy with the earthquake stuff…

I just bought a 2nd hand bike online from http://www.trademe.co.nz for only $40,- nzd, which is roughly โ‚ฌ20,-, and hopefully I can pick it up in the upcoming days ๐Ÿ˜€ The stupid thing here in New Zealand that bike riding is considered a sport, so they don’t have “normal” bikes. They only sell mountain bikes without any luggage carrier or spatbord (? what’s the English word for that lol ?), meaning it’s kind of worthless for a Dutch person haha ๐Ÿ˜› I’m going to get it anyway and I was at the bike store that they sell the luggage carrier for like $60,-…. which is more expensive than the actual bike derp!

Also today I met with Andreas, a PhD student at the Lab who I’ll be helping with the Immersive Learning Project together with other people. I’m not sure how much I can reveal about this (didn’t ask yet), but in general they want to setup digital educational programs for medical and chemical processing students that will support their curriculum. My task would be to work as an interface and Flash designer and help them out ๐Ÿ˜€ I might also do some graphical/cartoon/animation work for them, because one of the educational programs would be setup as a storyline where the user can interact with a virtual character ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Plus on top of that I’m still doing the Lego stuff; creating the cover, layout design, data editing and typography.

Busy busy busy! (kind of :P) Oh! And I’m finally going to move to the Sonoda campus the upcoming Monday! ๐Ÿ˜€