Monthly Archives: April 2012
There are some words in kendo that describe a specific level in individual development “kigurai” or strength of presence is one of them. Kigurai is the strength of presence an advanced kendo person projects with only a posture, kamae, glance or the slightest of movement. Kigurai is not arrogance or smugness it is an unshakable calm confidence in your abilities. The dictionary defines kigurai as: The strength or commanding presence derived from confidence acquired through repeated training. The term kurai is defined as: The degree to which character is combined with ability. The difference in spirit and skill when facing an opponent. Kigurai is important because it allows you to welcome any attack the opponent may throw out, and more importantly allows a certain amount of control over the opponent. Kigurai is the sense that one does not need to rush but respond with perfect timing and control. Kigurai can only be obtained through constant training and becomes stronger over many years of training.