This blog is also to allow for me to discuss some of the issues I have with Jodan no kamae and other technical applications to kendo. Most importantly to me is the ability to write about teaching kendo and the challenges and pleasures involved with doing so. To begin, I was taught the basics of jodan from my sensei when I was sho-dan and then put them aside for a long period of time. After gaining success with chudan, and after founding the club, I began to reconsider the kamae. When I attained san-dan I began to work on it myself and have been only using the kamae ever since. I have now reached yon-dan and am fairly comfortable with jodan but still feel like a beginner with the kamae. The biggest issue for me in all of my kendo has been maai. I constantly strive to develop the proper maai for myself. To me jodan changed this drastically. The beginning of my jodan career also found me rethinking all of the aspects of my kendo and my life. I strongly believe that my sensei guided me down the proper path and that this is the way for me. This is just the start to the many discussion based on jodan kamae that will appear in this blog along with discussions on eastern kendo. If anyone is reading this, cheers!