This year I was asked to run the RNAseq workshop at Duke-Nus twice in a year. This time the course was enriched by our new package on single-cell sequencing, rCASC. This year I had the help of three local PhD students: Mo and Yang (Computer Scientists) and Suhas (Mathematician). The students were incredibly smart and they managed to follow explanations and were able to master all the exercises I have designed for them. We also got a great feed back!
Since the last 10 years, also this year I had a lot of kendo: Sunday SKC (Changi Japanese School), Monday/Wednesday/Saturday Tanglin Kendo Club (Tanglin Community Center), Thursday SKC (Clementi Japanese Elementary School), Friday NUS Kendo club (NUS Sport Hall).
At SKC I was very happy to meet friends and practicing with them and having Bak Ku Tek lunch with Sida (Nippon Budo APAC).
At Tanglin I spent three out of my six days of Kendo practice.
I was very happy to practice with my friend David sensei
and with all and with the Tanglin Kendo Club people.
At Tanglin I met Andrew Wong, which is a Jodan player from Canada. I did keiko with him twice over the time I spent at Tanglin and I got some tips to improve my Jodan practice:
- keep an aggressive posture
- keep the back foot ready to push at any time
- keep the long distance from the opponent
- counter balance the men strike with right fist moving back near the body
- just move the hand slightly on the left when executing kote
At NUS the lesson was run by my friend Oliver Ng from SKC. He did a very nice didactically valuable lesson making in practice the concepts of "Sen no sen", "Go no sen" and "Sensen no sen". It was really a great lesson!
I would like to thank Singapore Kendo Club, Tanglin Kendo Club and NUS Kendo Club for their hospitality.
I will be again in Singapore in November to another RNAseq course at DUKE-NUS and enjoying kendo friendship!