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  • Kendo World Issue 3.4 Available on Kindle now !!!!
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    Content Editorial: the yin and the yangs 13th World Kendo Championships Starting Over - USA vs JAPAN Chewing the Fat - Abe Tetsushi Alex Bennet 3 years for 3 days for 3 minutes Thoughts on the Japanese defeat Book Mark 1: the warriors path 21st European Kendo Championships Hanshi Says - Shimano Masahiro Nuts and Bolts of kendo: nuki-waza Book Mark 2: katori shinto-ryu Reidan-jichi - part 4: training sWords of wisdom: hei-tenka-no-ken Kendo Clinic: knee injuries in kendo - part two Makita Minoru sensei: kendo to me - the attraction The Formation of Japanese Budo Culture - ryuha kenjutsu Kendo that cultivates people - Part 2 / 3 Unlocking Japan - part 12: when in Rome Internationalization ...
    11th April 2013, 01:30 PM
  • Kendo World Issue 4.1
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    Content Editorial The Bokuto 55th All Japan Kendo Championship 46th Womens All Japan Championship East vs West The 53rd Tozai Taiko 2007 The Current Kendo Refereeing System: Room for Improvement Ishimatsu Shugyo Trip: a Play On Words Japanese Myths & the Significance of the Sword Teaching In a Foreign Language Talk With Your Kensen: Sekishinkan in Hong Kong Do You Believe in Miracles? Diplomacy, Budo and Love Historical Sightseeing No.2: Unganzenji Temple The China Connection Bushido in the past and in the present Part II Breathing in Kendo Kata DVD Review: All Japan Kendo Championships 1996-1999 Reidan-jichi part 5: Ab...
    4th February 2013, 06:45 AM
  • Kendo World Issue 6.3
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    Editorial
    By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
    First, the editorial by Michael Ishimatsu-Prime reflects on a busy year for Kendo World, and discusses the furore surrounding Shōdai Kenji, the 2008 AJKC winner and Japan national team member.

    Hanshi Says
    By Kumamoto Tadashi
    Hanshi Says is a popular series in which Japans top Hanshi teachers give hints of what they are looking for in grading examinations based on wisdom accumulated through decades of training. This issue features Kumamoto Tadashi from Hiroshima. Kumamoto-sensei passed the 8-dan examination in 1987, and was awarded the title of Hanshi in 1995. He talks about the importance of degeiko and making the most of the opportunities that you have.

    Kendo and Aspergers: One Mans Story
    By Charlie Kondek
    This article focuses on Ted Koehler, a member of the kendo club at Eastern Michigan University who has Aspergers Syndrome. Charlie Kondek discusses the challenges associated in teaching someone with Aspergers, and how training can be adapted so that they can get the most out of kendo.

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    25th December 2012, 08:17 PM
  • Kendo World Issue 6.2
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    Editorial
    By Alex Bennett PhD
    First, my editorial takes a look at the recent WKC held in Novara, Italy. our tri-annual foray onto kendos world stage is becoming less predictable in terms of results, and which of the traditional kendo values will be tested by fire. The various incidents experienced at the recent WKC have us all questioning purported and personal kendo values. This has to be a good thing.

    The Nuts and Bolts of Kendo: What is Kyojitsu?
    By Nakano Yasoji (Hanshi 9-dan)

    Nakanno-sensei explains the intricacies of identifying your opponents mental preparedness and lapses. A vital skill for reaching the higher ranks of kendo. If you do not take kyojitsu into consideration, the technique will not be as successful. There is kyo and jitsu contained in every movement. If you can discern this, then you will know the optimum opportunity to attack.

    Hanshi Says Hanshi Says is a popular series in which Japan's top Hanshi teachers give hints of what they are looking for in grading examinations based on wisdom accumulated through decades of training. This ...
    6th August 2012, 07:35 AM
  • Kendo World - a Cumulative Table of Contents
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    Introduction
    When I decided to make a cumulative table of content for the five first volumes of your favorite magazine, I had several things in mind.
    First, I knew that it will help me a lot for my researches. I will finally be able to find quickly an article that has been lost for years in the maze of my memory.
    But, I guess that I am not the only kendoka who can read and who want to improve his general knowledge about the art.
    Since others might also be willing to use the wealth of information disseminated in the 20 issues of Kendo World -that is 2153 pages-, I have decided to print my work.
    I am sure it will be useful to many. At least it should be... It could make the difference in your next 8th dan grading!
    Second, I thought that it would be easy and fast to do. What a nice way to have one more line in my Curriculum Vitae! I was unfortunately wrong about that second point. But, as Confucius said to his disciples: no pain, no gain!
    This general table of context should normally have been followed by an index. In this case, this work would have been easily three times bigger. Therefore, I have decided, for the sake of the Amazonian Forest, not to write it.
    Instead I have classified the articles under general and/or precise categories. In some cases, the same article has been placed under different headings. That should help the reader to find quickly an article of interest.
    In some case, I had to change the original title. My friends from the editorial board having been sometimes without consistency or having simply made typo mistakes.
    Therefore, the first object of this table of content is to allow to find quickly an article. It is NOT a bibliography where the references can just be copied and used elsewhere. In this case, you should always crosscheck my reference with the original title of the article.
    I didn't mention systematically the translator's or the photograph's names. It doesn't mean that I don't respect their work... how could it be? I just choose that option to make the table shorter and clearer. Again, I will ask the reader to go to the original paper to find all these information.
    Here is the structure of this table:

    Sergio Boffa



    History

    Bushido, Budo, Philosophy & Spirituality
    An., Defining Budo, 2009, vol. 4-4, p. 3.
    Abe Tetsushi, Cultural Friction in Budo, 2005, vol. 3-2, pp. 8-17.
    Bennett, Alex, Editorial, 2004, vol. 2-4, pp. 4-5 [about the Budo Charter].
    Bennett, Alex, The Beginner's Guide to Bushido, 2004, vol. 2-4, pp. 50-56.
    Hellman, Christopher, Confucian Voices in Swordsmanship, The Jseishi Kendan, 2011, vol. 5-4, pp. 67-71.
    Inoue, Yoshihiko, Hokkai-Join and Reflections on the Meaning of Mokuso, 2001, vol. 1-1, pp. 13-16.
    Ishimatsu-Prime, Michael, Celebrating the Dead, 2009, vol. 5-1, pp. 64-65 [about 47 rnin].
    Ishimatsu-Prime, Michael, Bushido - Real and Invented, 2010, vol. 5-2, pp. 4-11.
    Kirchner, Thomas, Zen & the Martial Arts, 2010, vol. 5-2, pp. 107-109.
    Maeder, Stephan, The Adventure of the Way of the Sword in the 21st Century, Part 5: Bushido - Just Another Anachronism?, 2010, vol. 5-2, p. 47.
    Moate, Sarah, Zen Calligraphy and Painting of Yamaoka Tessh at the V&A, 2008, vol. 4-2, pp. 15-17.
    Moate, Sarah, Bushido, The Zen Calligraphy of Katsu Kaish and Takahashi Deish, 2008, vol. 4-3, pp. 84-87.
    Moate, Sarah, Suigetsu, "The Moon in Water", The Zen calligraphy of Yamaoka Tessh and Terayama Tanch, 2009, vol. 4-4, pp. 98-101.
    Nagy, Stephen Robert, Internationalization of Budo Culture, Important Question for the Future of Budo, 2007, vol. 3-4, pp. 84-90.
    Rothmar, Tyler, Kendo in Context, 2007, vol. 3-4, pp. 154-156.
    Takemura, Eiji and Ishimatsu-Prime, Michael, The Role of Confucianism and Swordsmanship in the Bakumatsu Period, 2008, vol. 4-3, pp. 56-57.
    Tanaka, Mamoru, Budo in an Age of Diversification, 2004, vol. 2-4, pp. 63-68.
    Uozumi, Takashi, Ryuha Kenjutsu, The Formation of Japanese Budo Culture, 2007, vol. 3-4, pp. 68-75.
    Wells, Ken, Budo & Business, 2003, vol. 2-1, pp. 34-35.

    Bushido in the Past and in the Present (by John Toshimichi Imai (1906) and introduced by Alex Bennett).
    Part 1: Bushido - What it is, and what it is not, 2007, Vol. 3-4, pp. 114-117.
    Part 2: Bushido as Represented by a Typical Master, 2007, Vol. 4-1, pp. 44-49.
    Part 3: Bushido as Represented in the Historic Dramas, 2008, Vol. 4-2, pp. 76-83.
    Part 4: Bushido in the Present, 2008, Vol. 4-3, pp. 78-82.

    Tales of the Samurai (by Miyamori A. (1920) )
    Chapter 1: Ungo-Zenji, 2004, Vol. 3-1, pp. 22-27.
    Chapter 2: The Loyalty of a Boy Samurai, 2005, Vol. 3-2, pp. 52-55.
    Chapter 3: Katsunos Revenge, 2006, Vol. 3-3, pp. 122-135.
    Chapter 4: A Wedding Present, 2007, Vol. 3-4, pp. 118-126.
    Chapter 5: The Heroism of Torii Katsutaka, 2007, Vol. 4-1, pp. 126-132.
    Chapter 6: The Wrestling of a Daimyo, 2008, Vol. 4-2, pp. 48-53.
    Chapter 7: The Story of Kimura Shigenari, 2008, Vol. 4-3, pp. 88-98.
    Chapter 8: Honest Kysuke, 2009, Vol. 4-4, pp. 50-58.

    Historical Sightseeing (by Bruce Flanagan)
    N 001, Itsukushima Island, 2006, vol. 3-3, pp. 118-121.
    N 002, Unganzenji Temple, 2007, vol. 4-1, pp. 40-42.
    N 003, Meiji-Mura Museum, 2008, vol. 4-2, pp. 94-96.
    N 004, Sekigahara Town, Ancient battlefield sites, 2009, vol. 5-1, pp. 126-129. ...
    28th April 2012, 04:57 PM
  • Kendo World Issue 4.2
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    Content Editorial Noma Dōjō - Forging a New Tradition The 22nd European Kendo Championships 2008 Hachidan Taikai Report Zen Calligraphy and Painting of Yamaoka Tesshū at the V&A A Fusion of Old and New Tozando Shogoin Store Hanshi Says: Sonoda Masaji Kendo Inside Out Part 7: Kakari-geiko Reidan-jichi Part 6: Rei sWords of Wisdom: Tsuttatta-mi (Upright posture) Unlocking Japan Part 14: Thug School Ideas and History of the Sword Part 2: Ancient Japan and the Sword Talk With Your Kensen: Bangkok/Bangladesh Cherry Blossom Kendo. A Short History of Kendo in Washington D.C. Dōjō Files: Kendo Clubs in the South of Fr...
    28th April 2012, 04:12 PM
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    Content Outline:

    Editor-in-Chief
    Alex Bennett Ph.D.

    Bushido- Real and Invented
    By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime (M.A.)
    A little under forty years after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Japan had transformed itself from a country that was vulnerable, isolated, and weak, to arguably the strongest power in the region one that was modernizing and industrializing at an extraordinary rate. Japan also rapidly became a player on the world stage, and its arrival was signified by its victory over Russia, then one of the worlds foremost powers, in the Russo-Japanese War of 19041905. The successes that Japan was experiencing were attributed by some to the teachings and philosophies of bushido, the Way of the Warrior. The purpose of this article is to compare some of the Tokugawa period classics of bushidō literature by Yamaga Sokō, Daidōji Yūzan, and Yamamoto Tsunetomo with accounts of bushidō that were propagated by the likes of Nitobe Inazō, Baron Suyematsu and Okakura Yoshisaburo in the Meiji period. These modern representations of bushidō bear little resemblance to the actual code of the samurai, which was itself an ideal and far from universally practiced. The Meiji interpretations could be called modern inventions designed in part to define Japans national identity. These inventions, particularly Nitobes, then became the dominant portrayals of bushidō in both Japan and the West.


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    Hanshi Says- You cant do in a shinsa what you cant do in your usual training
    By Ōta Tadanori Sensei (Hanshi 8-dan)
    Ōta Tadanori Sensei was born in Chiba on January 6, 1941. He first started the study of kendo under the instruction of Fukuoka Akira Hanshi, and entered the Keishichō in 1959. After being a member of the winning team at the National Police Tournament in 1961, Ōta Sensei competed successfully at many of the prestigious kendo tournaments in Japan. He retired from the police in 2000 after serving as the Shihan for the Keishichō. He passed his 8-dan in 1990, and received the title of Hanshi in 1998. Are you getting ready for a kendo grading? Maybe these words from Ōta Senseis article will ring a few bells. A trend I have noticed in promotion examinations recently is that many people seem to put on a faade and pretend to know what they are doing, but are obviously not putting enough real time into their training. If somebody asks me to give advice about whats wrong with their kendo, it is very difficult to answer if they have not put in the proverbial hard yards


    Spiritual Sports Part 2:
    The Civilising Process of Japanese Swordsmanship from the Tokugawa Period and Beyond
    By Alex Bennett (Renshi 7-dan)
    What makes budō so different from other genres of Japanese culture and competitive sports that it should receive such treatment in the education system? What exactly does budō have to offer and why? To answer these questions and explain the supposed benefits of participation, it is necessary to search right back to the roots of the modern martial arts and plot their evolutionary pattern up to the present day. Part 1 of this essay was published in the previous edition of Kendo World (5.1) and covered the development of Japanese swordsmanship up to the Bakumatsu era. Part 2 will look at the modernisation of kendo from the Meiji period to modern times.


    Reidan-jichi Part 10: Various Issues Surrounding Seme
    By Ōya Minoru (Kyōshi 7-dan)
    International Budo University Professor Ōya Minoru breaks down the less tangible aspects of kendo. In this instalment, he talks about the intricacies of seme. In simple terms, seme is the process of searching for a way to break the deadlock of kamae, and putting yourself in an advantageous situation, from where an opportunity to execute a valid strike is produced. In kendo it is often said, win, then strike you must win the seme stage before executing the attack. Therefore, the way in which your opponent is coerced into moving and the influence you are able to exert on them forms the content of seme. Striking by chance or good fortune is not seme, but merely an end result.


    A Brief Overview of Pre-WWII Kendo in Brazil
    By Luiz Kobayashi Ph.D.
    Last years 14 WKC held in Brazil received ample coverage in the last issue of KW. But the roots of kendo in that country are unknown to most people, including Brazilians. Currently efforts are being made to salvage what information is still left to provide an accurate account of the arts history in Brazil. In this fascinating article, Brazilian kendo researcher Luiz Kobayashi delves into the history of kendo in Brazil, with a specific focus on the pre-war period.


    The Dai Nippon Butokukai Seitei Kenjutsu Kata
    By Alex Bennett
    In 1906, Watanabe Noboru chaired the first Dai Nippon Butokukai committee tasked with formulating a set of generic kata for the purpose of disseminating a unified kenjustu in schools nationwide. In August that year, he presented the culmination of the committees efforts to the president of the Butokukai. The Dai Nippon Butokukai Seitei Kenjutsu Kata consisted of only three forms; Jōdan (ten=heaven), Chūdan (chi=earth), and Gedan (jin=man). Now completely forgotten, this essay and explanation of the techniques is from the official text book Dai Nippon Butokukai Seitei Kenjutsu Kata published by the Butokukai. The models in the photographs were Monna Tadashi and Naitō Takaharu, both well-known instructors at the Butokukai's specialist training school later known as the Budō Senmon Gakkō. The book was hardly used, however, as not long after its publication, the kata became obsolete. It was replaced by the Teikoku Kendō Kata in 1912, which are still practiced today as the Nippon Kendo Kata.


    Teaching Kendo to Children - An Introduction for New Instructors
    By Ben Sheppard (5-dan)
    With its low injury rate, a structure that makes it possible for small to dominate big, and its long and captivating history, kendo is a wonderful activity for children of all ages. However, the way an instructor teaches can have a big impact on a childs experience of kendo, and will, whether we like it or not, often be the determining factor as to whether that child becomes an adult kenshi. This article is a short guide to some of the major dos and donts of teaching kendo to children. It is specifically aimed at yūdansha who are considering offering childrens classes in kendo: people who have a comprehensive knowledge of kendo fundamentals and perhaps some experience instructing adults but who have little or no experience of working with children.


    4th Dan The Movie
    By Michal Ishimatsu-Prime
    Recently in the KW forums and on Facebook there has been a lot of talk about a 20-minute short film based on kendo titled 4th Dan. The film follows a kendo student, played by current Hungarian team member and 2006 national champion Szabolcs Gasparin, as he prepares for his 4-dan examination. Along the way he encounters difficulties in the form of a disapproving father, a sensei who does not believe that he is ready for the examination, and also himself. The film was released online on March 30, 2010. Director George Perrin took time out of his busy schedule to talk to KW about 4th Dan.


    Principles of the Sword Part 5- Bushido Just Another Anachronism?
    By Dr. Stefan Maeder
    As some chivalrous principles are still alive in the martial arts of Japan, it is obvious that a contemporary and comparative re-evaluation of bushidō values could serve not only as an ethical foundation for the martial way of kendo, and also as an emergency brake for questionable tendencies seen in modern civilisations. Dr. Maeder offers some thoughts on the relevance of kendo in the modern era.


    Womens Kendo in the Lands of Diversity
    By Carla Snchez (Ecuador Kendo Federation)
    If you are a female beginner from any country in Latin America, except Brazil, you are certainly part of a minority in kendo, and you should have a deep admiration for the women from Brazil. It is very difficult to learn from their kendo except in tournaments, in which they always get first-place. Sharing their experience and knowledge by training together with them was priceless, just as it was being taught by Kim Sensei. She was able to teach lessons that go further than physical and technical matters. It may have been a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the women from Peru, Aruba and Ecuador, just as it was for me.


    Reaching the Pinnacle, with Helping Hands from Afar
    By Paul H.B. Shin (4-dan), Photos by Aram E. Kailian (3-dan)
    Passing the notoriously difficult kendo 8-dan exam in Japan is a remarkable achievement by any measure a validation that a kendoist has risen above the top tier of hardened 7-dan peers. But pulling off the feat without the benefit of frequent practices with 8-dan mentors is the kendo equivalent of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Thats what Shozo Kato Sensei did in Kyoto this May at the age of fifty-four, becoming the third person from outside of Japan to pass the 8-dan test administered by the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF). Paul Shin, a student at Kato Senseis Dojo, investigates what it takes to reach the pinnacle in the world of kendo.


    The Process of Making Japanese Swords: Part 3
    By Mikami Sadanao (Swordsmith), Translated by Nick Mathys Illustrations courtesy of the late Nagayama Kōkan (Former National Living Treasure)
    The Japanese sword used to be called the soul of a bushi. It was both the weapon by which bushi protected themselves as well as being one of their sources of spiritual strength. Yet, in todays world, it is not acceptable to possess katana as weapons and they serve a sole purpose as works of art to be admired. They are endowed with an exquisiteness that has earned them the accolade of steel works of art and, as such, demand careful attention from both their owners, and those handling them. This is the last instalment in this fascinating series of articles that explains everything you need to know about the exquisite Japanese sword.


    The Nuts n Bolts of Kendo Striking Opportunities & San-Sappo
    By Nakano Yasoji, (Hanshi 9-dan)
    In this issue, legendary kendo master Nakano Yasoji Sensei discusses the ins and outs of the important concept of san-sappō, that is to kill the opponents sword, technique and spirit. I always say to kill the sword with the sword, waza with waza, and ki with ki. If your opponent assails you with strong ki, you will not be able to defeat them with waza if you are weak-kneed. You have to meet them with your spirit and take the challenge head-on. Kendo is not just a tit-for-tat exchange of strikes with a bamboo stick. Feeling and spirit is of crucial importance, and must be nurtured of the course of your training. Nevertheless, the vivacity of kiai is not dictated by the number of decibels



    Kendo That Cultivates People Part 10: The Role of Keiko at Tanren-ki Level
    By Sumi Masatake (Hanshi 8-dan) Translated by Honda Sōtarō
    In previous instalments Sumi Sensei covered instructional points and types of keiko for students in their early teens to late twenties (tanren-ki). In this issue, he considers the role of shiai in kendo, and how to practice for shiai. Competitive skills should never be the entire focus of ones kendo training; a point that instructors should keep firmly in mind. The student runs the risk of becoming engrossed with success and being deeply disappointed by failure, thereby sacrificing the chance to cultivate their character. On the other hand, the pressures associated with competition do offer other valuable experiences and opportunities for development. In this instalment I will describe how to cultivate the character through shiai experience as I believe that the over-frequency of competitions is having a negative impact on kendo. Kendo practitioners must be made aware of the proper role that shiai and shiai practice should play in their training



    A Duffle Bag & a Bogu Bag Part 5: The Way of the Sword in Guatemala
    By Imafuji Masahiro (5-dan)
    Ten years have passed since the Masahiro first travelled to Guatemala in 2000, on a governmental program called the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JICA). At the time, he was the second volunteer to assume the task of teaching and promoting kendo in Guatemala. In May 2010, he re-visited his old mates in Guatemala and could not believe the progress they had made in his absence. It seems that in his absence, even the Guatemalan police have incorporated kendo in to their training regime...



    Book MarkOrigins of a Legend: The Real Musashi The Bushu Denraiki
    Translated and Annotated by William De Lange
    Review by Jeff Broderick
    The publication of Origins of a Legend: The Real Musashi The Bushu Denraiki is a real cause for celebration for anyone interested in the truth of Musashis life. William De Lange has translated and added commentary on the Bushū Denraiki, which he convincingly argues is the most reliable of the four main biographies made by direct students in Musashis Niten Ichi-ryū tradition of swordsmanship. Jeff Broderick assesses the merits of this important new book for the martial arts aficionado.



    Shinai Sagas: The Fifth Poison
    By Charlie Kondek

    It is said that in kendo there are four poisons of the mind: fear, doubt, surprise and confusion. Charlie Kondek, accomplished writer and experienced kendo buff, believes there is also a fifth poison discouragement What, then, is discouragement? Discouragement is simply this giving up. It is the gentlest of poisons and the one that stays in you the longest. Fear will pass, you can suppress doubt. You will recover from surprise and you can step away from confusion. But discouragement leaves a deeper wound and settles down into the core of a kenshi, there to reside for a while, walking around with you like a serpent curled at the base of a tree



    The Kendo Coach Sports Psychology in Kendo Part: 3 Attentional Focus
    By Blake Bennett (5-dan)
    The previous article by qualified sports coaching expert Blake Bennett, dealt with the concept of competitive anxiety, and also provided some of the many PST (psychological skills training) methods available to manage anxiety in a high pressure kendo environment. Continuing in this direction, in this article he examines another one of the so-called big 3 important mental skills to develop for optimal performance attentional focus. With the inclusion of practical strategies to employ in regular trainings, this article seeks to assist the kendo coach in expanding their box of training tools even further by summarising the sports psychology literature on the concepts of attention and concentration, and describing when and why effective focus techniques is deemed so important to performance.



    Naginata Technical Special Part 8: Hachihon-me
    By Alex Bennett
    The basic kihon moves in naginata are combined in eight set patterns called shikake-ōji. By practising shikake-ōji in pairs, the practitioner is able to learn correct etiquette, kamae (stances), grip, footwork and body movement, maai (distance), breathing technique, striking chances, zanshin (mental and physical state of alertness), correct posture and so on. Shikake-ōji is also a competition event in engi-kyōgi. This instalment is an explanation of the eighth and final form, hachihon-me.



    Its not the Hokey Cokey
    By Stuart Gibson (4-dan)
    Or Hokey Pokey, if you are that way inclined. This is how ex-pat UK kendo representative Stuart Gibson sees how many people understand seme back home. You put your right foot in, and you shake it all about, and then instead of turning around you attack men, regardless of what the opponent is doing. You might as well have actually turned around and completed the Hokey Cokey



    sWords of Wisdom Muso-no-ken (The sword of no-contemplation) of Itō Ittōsai
    By Alex Bennett
    Itō Ittōsais Ittō-ryū is recognised as being one of the most influential sword schools in history, with many of the teachings influencing the way we do kendo today. Even in a state of sleep, a man with an itchy foot will not scratch his head. If there is an itch on his foot, he will scratch the foot. If it is the head that is itchy, it is the head that he will scratch... What does this mean? Youll have to read the article to find out.



    Kumdo Demystified
    By Aurlien Lain
    After living and studying kendo in New Zealand for a number of years, Frenchman Aurlien Lain has been in South Korea for six months now, and has been privileged to discover kumdo right at its source. To understand the Korean approach to kumdo, it is first important to look at South Koreas attitude towards competitiveness. Although I am not an expert in South Korean studies, I will try to depict what seems to me to be a truthful image of kumdo in Korea... Are they really the same, or fundamentally different?



    Jukendo no Kata Part II: Mokujū tai Tō-no-Kata
    By Baptiste Tavernier
    Jukendo-no-Katas ultimate purpose is to impart the essence of jukendo. The forms combine the basic techniques with a fixed order, and through learning the combination of techniques, students of jukendo develop a strong spirit, good posture and technical ability. The Mokujū-tai-Tō-no-Kata consists of six sets, which can be divided into two groups of three. From ippon-me to sanbon-me, the bayonet overcomes the sword. From yohon-me to roppon-me, the sword prevails. Long time naginata and jukendo practitioner Baptiste Tavernier takes us through the kata of this fascinating martial art.



    Zen and the Martial Arts
    By Thomas Kirchner
    The relation between Zen and the budō (martial arts) is a subject that has attracted much attention in both the East and the West. Many of the budō trace their origins in one way or another back to Bodhidharma, the sixth-century patriarch of Chinese Zen, and link their traditions to Zen through their relationship with bushidō. Several Zen masters, most notably Takuan Sōhō in the seventeenth century, have written at length on the relation between kenjutsu and Zen, and a number of martial arts masters, including the famous swordsman Yamaoka Tesshū and Ōmori Sōgen, also mastered the practice of Zen meditation. Thomas Kirchner, the well-known American Zen priest resident in Kyoto ponders the relationship between Zen and the martial arts.



    Unclocking Japan The Idiot Box
    By Lockie Jackson Ph.D.
    Its been called chewing gum for the eyes (American architect Frank Lloyd Wright) and the drug of the nation (Hip-hop group Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy). US advice columnist Ann Landers is reputed to have pronounced that its existence proves that people will look at anything rather than each other. Some people cant get enough of it, while others loath it. Thats right folks, the theme for this issues Unlocking Japan is Japanese television.



    Miyako Kendogu
    Introducing Andy Fisher (UK Team Captain) and his bōgu business in Kyoto. The idea behind Miyako Kendogu is to provide the non-Japanese speaking customer with the same privileges as fluent kendōka, to access the best quality hand-stitched or machine made bōgu, with the option to customize.
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      Just arrived in the mail yesterday. Lot's of great articles yet again. Time for more sleepless nights spent reading...

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      Arrived this afternoon, I really do think that New Jersey is the last place to get delivered to.

      Only had a chance to look through it quickly, but it looks to be another great issue.

      Thank you Alex, Hamish and KW Staff.

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      My copy arrived yesterday....
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