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  • Request for help in research on kendo!
    Wark 1978
    Dear Kendo World Reader, Below is a message from Gil Vicente, a research student at the University of Tsukuba and a Ph.D candidate from the Federal University of So Carlos, Brazil. Gil attended the 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai at Meiji University on July 20, 2013, to interview many of the participants on the subject of kendo, Japanese culture and ki. He would also like your help in aiding his research by completing an online survey on that topic. If you have a few minutes to spare, please help Gil with his research, the results of which will be made available in Kendo World in the future. Kind regards, The Kendo World Team ...
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    Wark 1978
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    El equipo de Kendo World

    Following the initiative to provide the Spanish speaking kendo community with more and better information, Jos Vargas from Ecuador has kindly contributed with two 'Hanshi says' articles that have been published in Kendo World a few years ago. Keep checking the Kendo World homepage and our Facebook page for more Spanish language articles, and please tell your Spanish speaking friends!
    The Kendo World Team
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    In the editorial, Michael Ishimatsu-Prime reflects on visiting the 109th Kyoto Embu Taikai in May and discusses some of the highlights, most notably the participation of the last two Hanshi 7-dan sensei who are 99 and 90 years old, and also the bout between Sakudō Masao-sensei and Hamasaki Mitsuru-sensei which was the epitome of katte-utsu - win and then strike. The upcoming Sport Accord Combat Games that will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, is also discussed along with Olympic kendo.

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  • REPORT: The 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai, Saturday July 20, 2013
    Wark 1978
    The 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai
    Saturday July 20, 2013 - Meiji University


    The 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai was held on Saturday July 20, 2013, at Meiji Universitys Izumi Campus in central Tokyo. It was attended by 37 participants representing 19 different countries. There were also seven 8-dan and one 7-dan sensei that came to participate in the event.



    The first hour of practice was led by H8-dan Inoue Yoshihiko-sensei. In this session he emphasised the importance of the correct mindset for kendo. Kendo is derived from a life and death situation and as such, we should treat it that way...
    21st July 2013, 10:02 PM
  • UPDATE 3: The 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai, Saturday July 20, 2013
    Wark 1978
    UPDATE 3: Wednesday July 17, 2013

    Dear Kendoka,

    The 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai, which will be held on Saturday July 20, 2013, from 1000-1200, is only three days away. We still have four places left, so if you would like to attend, please send an email to tokyokeikokai2013@kendo-world.com with your full name, nationality, grade and a contact number as soon as possible. The cost for participating is 5000 yen which includes food and drinks after keiko. Another two sensei have confirmed that they will be attending: K8-dan Koyama-sensei, one of the youngest sensei to ever pass 8-dan K7-dan Sugiyama-sensei, Vice-Dean of Shizuoka University The o...
    17th July 2013, 08:51 AM
  • UPDATE 2: The 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai, Saturday July 20, 2013
    Wark 1978
    UPDATE 2: July 7, 2013

    Dear Kendoka,

    The 2nd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai, which will be held on Saturday July 20, 2013, from 1000-1200, is only two weeks away. We only have six places left, so if you would like to attend, please send an email to tokyokeikokai2013@kendo-world.com with your full name, nationality, grade and a contact number. The cost for participating is 5000 yen which includes food and drinks after keiko. K7-dan Oya Minoru-sensei will also be joining us at the keiko-kai. Oya-sensei is a kendo instructor at the International Budo University and his book, Reidan Jichi, is currently being serialised in Kendo Wo...
    7th July 2013, 02:59 PM
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  • REPORT: The Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai 2012

    The Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai 2012


    After several months planning, the first Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai was held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Saturday 30th June, 2012, in the No.2 and No.3 dojo. At first, it looked like we were going to be denied access to the Budokan as the entrance that we were going to use was roped off and the member of staff on duty did not want to take the responsibility of letting us through. This was because the Korean K-pop group Boyfriend were performing at the Nippon Budokan on their First Date in Japan. It seemed like every girl who was under 16, from Tokyo and beyond, was there at the Nippon Budokan at 0900, with their mums. After eventually finding someone to let us in, we made our way down to the No.2 and No.3 dojo.

    48 people from 16 different countries gathered beneath the Budokans main arena for the keiko-kai. We were also joined by seven 8-dan sensei and two 7-dan sensei. Before the keiko-kai began, H8-dan Masago Takeshi-sensei, a director of the All Japan Kendo Federation, gave a welcome speech. After that we were treated to a demonstration of the Nihon Kendo Kata by K7-dan Kouno-sensei as uchidachi, and R6-dan Katsura-sensei. Both of these sensei are students of H8-dan Inoue Yoshihiko-sensei who was also there. After only ipponme it was quite clear that this was going to be no ordinary demonstration of kata. Kouno-senseis cut from hidari-jodan, was incredibly fast. Katsura-sensei stepped back even faster and also made a cut with speed and power, stopping her blade just millimeters above Kouno-senseis head. There was a sharp intake of breath, followed by the sound of jaws hitting the floor as the kata was done with mogito, not bokuto. I do not think that I was the only one who feared for Kouno-senseis safety. The kata continued on in this manner until it was finished. After, many people said that it was the best demonstration of the Nihon Kendo Kata that they had ever seen. We would have to agree.






    Before we put on our men and kote, Inoue-sensei lined us up in two rows. First we had to practice stepping forwards and backwards while in chudan. The point that Inoue-sensei thought that we needed to work on was to make sure that our trailing foot was brought or snapped in quicker. Then we practiced making men cuts. At first, Inoue-sensei said that our kiai was too weak. He said that he is 84 years-old, and there should be no reason why he could kiai louder than us. Then, while making sure that our cuts were big, fast and strong, we went from making one cut to two, then three, four, five and six, all done with one breath while stepping backwards and forwards. This, Inoue-sensei said, was the ideal way to do kiri-kaeshi as well.


    After that we had to practice tobi-komi moving the entire length of the dojo making repeated cuts with one breath and a continuous kiai. The idea is, when you stop to inhale, you are in a state of weakness. Your opponent can then seize upon that weakness and strike you. Therefore, if you can last for one strike longer than your opponent, you have the advantage and can take the victory.




    We then put on our men and kote and practiced kiri-kaeshi, in one breath, and strikes were to be made in the manner in which we were practicing the men cuts earlier. After that we practiced men-taiatari. A point of instruction for the motodachi was not to step back when receiving taiatari. Rather, they should meet the kakarites taiatari by pushing forwards and putting weight onto the front foot.


    When we finished taiatari practice, we had a short break and then the 8-dan and 7-dan sensei as well as Kouno-sensei and Katsura-sensei donned their bogu for shido-geiko. After practicing with these sensei, many participants chose to move to the smaller dojo to challenge each other.


    Keiko lasted for about 40 minutes until we stopped at about 1220. To finish, Inoue-sensei made a speech saying that we should be grateful for opportunities like this, and that we have only one life, which is precious, and we should therefore make the most of it. Kendo was a way in which this could be done.


    Sensei and participants of the Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai 2012
    Front Row L-R: KW's Alex Bennett, K8-dan Kawanabe-sensei, K8-dan Ozawa-sensei, K8-dan Shigematsu-sensei, H8-dan Masago-sensei, H8-dan Inoue-sensei, K8-dan Hirakawa-sensei, K8-dan Mochizuki-sensei, Participant Jonathon Ogura-Levine, K7-dan Kato-sensei, K7-dan Oya-sensei


    Once keiko was finished we made our way to the Budokan restaurant for lunch and quiet reflection over some chilled beverages. K8-dan Shigematsu-sensei from Chiba police made the opening toast before the festivities began. This was a chance for new friendships to be made and for a lot of people to catch up with old ones.


    Alex Bennett then explained the meaning behind the Kendo World tenugui that was given to all participants. It features Kendo Worlds motto Crossing Swords and Borders and its Japanese translation 交剣無境 (literally Crossing Swords, No Borders). Alex explained how the first rendering in Japanese nearly said, Crossing Swords, Illegal Aliens (交剣超境). However, thankfully that was corrected and changed in time!



    Unbeknownst to all except for a few who were in the loop, Inoue-sensei was asked to closely watch keiko and choose three people who he thought were deserving of a fighting spirit award. Three exclusive Kendo World shinai bags, hand-made from old kimono-obi by Mrs. Shishikura, the mother of Kendo Worlds designer Kan, were presented to Stuart Gibson of the UK, John Doherty of Ireland, and Kate Sylvester of Australia. Also, a presentation of two shinai from Kenbudo kendo shop went to Curtis Marsten and Terry McManus who had come from the U.S. A shinai bag, also from Kenbudo, was presented to Ryosuke Onizuka who came all the way from the southern islands of Okinawa especially for this event.


    After that, a raffle was held and some of the participants went away with signed copies of Inoue-senseis book on the Nihon Kendo Kata, as well as copies of Ken Zen Sho, The Kendo Grading Book, Budo: The Martial Ways of Japan, Budo Perspectives and copies of Kendo World together with some other prizes from Kenbudo. Jon Braeley, a documentary filmmaker from Empty Mind Films, who was there to video the event and interview Inoue-sensei, kindly donated a few copies of some of his DVDs for the raffle which were greatly received. Its a shame that everyone could not go away with a prize.


    The Darwin Awards went to Sid from India who left his camera, two tsuba and two tsuba-dome in the dojo, and Esteban from Colombia who managed to lose his mobile phone in his own bogu bag for a few hours, worrying everyone in the process

    The meal finished with a Japanese song by Inoue-sensei before participants dispersed. Many ended up in Shinjuku at The Dubliners Irish Pub for a further debrief, and a few of those then ended up bothering the locals in a karaoke bar nearby well into the night. You know who you are.

    All in all it was a great event. We have received some good feedback from the participants with plenty of suggestions on how to make the event even better next time around. We want to make this a yearly event so keep watching this space.

    Thank you to the Bekkasei from the International Budo University in Katsuura, Chiba, for helping us out on the day, and to everyone for taking time out of your busy schedules to join us. Also, a great many thanks to the sensei who gave up their time to be with us at the Nippon Budokan.

    Kendo World depends on all of you in the kendo community to keep going. Thank you, as always, for your continued support.
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    • snooz2k2
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      Missed it, zannen... But had great party in Paris while you guys were sweating and smelling bad in the NBK...

      Ha ha ha; See you guys in August !

    • Tort-Speed
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      Tort-Speed commented
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      Duh- didn't even know it would be held... Thanks for the detailed info. Nice to see the ladies doing Kata, and with mogitoh as well, for a change!

    • jd111
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      jd111 commented
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      Is there a video of the kata! I want to relive the moment!!!
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