He said that not being able to wield a sword and continue to spar would be more of a setback than losing a bout.
Wu said he almost died in a car crash when he was 64 that left him with a badly broken right leg. The doctor had to put a pin in his leg, and Wu said he told him: “You must fix my leg. I want to participate in the next World Kendo Competition.”
Despite the long road to recovery, Wu returned to the top.
Like his own sensei, Wu is a strict teacher and often corrects the slightest error in posture or movement with a prompt thwack of his bokuto.
After a class ends, he is more of a grandfather, his students said.
“It is common for one to feel some measure of difficulty when pursuing a hobby or interest,” Wu said.
However, “kendoka should always try to remember what it was they wanted when they started learning kendo,” he said.
“Kendo is not just a sport that trains one’s body physically, it also seeks to discipline the mind,” he said.