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Striking exercise drills are a staple in all martial arts, kendo is no different in where most often the outcome is predetermined. The compliment to the striking drills in kendo is keiko or ji geiko, a type of free sparring, where the outcome is not predetermined. You may have noticed while practicing that the two types of training differs dramatically in the physical and mental requirements. Once in keiko or ji geiko your mind takes over and body takes a back seat, this fact slows down the match somewhat. Although it is tempting to just let your body dominate and continue as in the striking drills, in keiko and ji geiko it is folly to do this, as you know. This free practice is kendo mind training and involves many issues that must be solved in an individual manner, conquering yourself. Like all practice, keiko is fundamental to your training and should be approached for the valuable skills it teaches such as direct cognition, strategy, timing, rhythm, maai and includes every aspect of kendo training. The more keiko under your belt the more calm and less distracted your mind will become, yet your body must be trained to respond instantly with the correct strike at the correct moment (mushin).