“I came across this video, which seems to be a National Geographic special on the Kendo 8th Dan test:

The 8th dan is like an 8th degree blackbelt in other martial arts, and it is the highest grade awarded in Kendo through taking a test. The video follows two kendoka as they attempt to pass it.

If you only watch for one minute, watch the segment starting at 17:44. Here, an 80 year old is schooling a 78 year old, saying stuff like, ‘You’re too hasty. Pretend you’re in a match – wait and grab an opportunity!’ and then shoving him back to do it again. It’s great.”

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Even if you’re not into martial arts, there are a few great qualities to note in this movie:

  • Seriousness
  • Modesty
  • Perseverance

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