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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:

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    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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    Editorial ‒ Kyōshi a Go!
    By Alex Bennett

    In terms of international kendo, more progress has been made with regards to the implementation of the FIK shōgō system. Shōgō are those slightly confusing titles renshi, kyōshi and hanshi awarded to people with the highest dan ranks of 6, 7 and 8. Alex Bennett introduces the latest developments in international kendo.

    The Great East Japan Earthquake
    By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime

    At 2.46pm in the afternoon of Friday March 11, 2011, I was sat in the second-floor study of my house in Kawasaki, just a short train ride south of Tokyo. I was trying to finish the long overdue English translation of my kendo senseis book when I felt the house shaking. It was unmistakably an earthquake. This is something that I have felt many times before in my eight years in Japan, and as they are such a common occurrence, you tend to get a bit complacent when they come. Indeed, my first thought was, Its alright, itll be over in a second. However, it was not. It lasted for over five minutes and turned out to be Japans biggest recorded earthquake, finally being upgraded to magnitude 9.0 (M9.0), and the fifth biggest on record anywhere in the world. It was so strong that it would move the earth on its axis, shorten the day by a fraction of a second, and move Japan closer to the United States What has the quake and its aftermath meant for expat kendoists? Michael Ishimatsu-Prime relays his experiences in this gripping report.

    A Call to Arms
    By Antony Cundy
    Tony Cundy offers some ideas as to what martial artists can to help Japan as the country struggles to rebuild from the tragic recent earthquake.

    Hanshi Says
    By Kojima Masaru (H 8-dan)
    A series in which some of Japan's top hanshi teachers give hints of what they are looking for in grading examinations based on wisdom accumulated through decades of training. In this instalment of Hanshi Says, Kojima Masaru-sensei introduces his stoic kendo philosophy. Born on January 26, 1924, in Kagoshima prefecture, Kojima-sensei has made a living as a fisherman and then a teacher, eventually becoming an accountant in a company. Kojima-sensei has represented Japan at the WKC, and also competed in the Meijimura Taikai for 8-dan masters. He holds the rank of Hanshi 8-dan in kendo and Hanshi 9-dan in iaido.

    Shoryudoh: An Interview with Tanaka Toshikazu
    By Baptiste Tavernier
    KW staff writer Baptiste Tavernier interviews master craftsman Tanaka Toshikazu about how dō are made. Tanaka-sensei is one of the few craftsmen still alive who can lacquer dō in the traditional way. He has many enlightening insights into the dying art of bōgu making in Japan.

    Nuts n Bolts of Kendo
    Nakano Yasoji (H 9-dan)
    The components of yūkō-datotsu are usually summed up with the term ki-ken-tai-itchi (unison of spirit, sword and body). However, kendo legend Nakano-sensei described it is really shin-ki-ryoku (mind, spirit and technique). This is much broader in meaning than ki-ken-tai-itchi, and he believed it connected more closely with the concept of character development which is a key objective in the study of kendo. Nakano-sensei delves deeply into the less tangible aspects of a valid point in kendo.

    Reidan-Jichi Part 11: Striking
    By Prof. Ōya Minoru
    In his highly acclaimed on-going series, Ōya-sensei breaks down the components of a kendo strike. During the cut and thrust of seme-ai, it is ineffective to strike at points where your opponents defences are still intact. You should only strike when there is an opportunity to strike. This does not mean taking advantage of a chance opening. You should always be aggressively probing your opponent, aiming to create a breakdown in his or her defences or some movement that leads to an opportunity to strike. Such opportunities are almost infinite in kind How can they be identified and utilised? Ōya-sensei has the answers.

    The Kyoto Embu Taikai The Ultimate Kendo Experience
    By Donatella Castelli
    The Embu Taikai that takes place every year in May at the Butokuden in Kyoto, was presented to me as a sort of mythical event since first I started kendo in 1985. The accounts were sketchy some sensei must have told someone who told someone else... But my sempai insisted that thousands of kenshi would meet in a century-old hall near a temple to fight for days on end. To be allowed to watch such an extraordinary event must be such a privilege I thought! And I promised to myself that one day I would find that legendary hall and finally see if it was real or just a fantasy. Donatella Castelli, a 6-dan from Italy, tells us about here connection with this amazing kendo event.

    sWords of Wisdom: No need for the strength of demons
    This instalment of words of wisdom left by kendo sages of eras gone introduces the life of Ono Jirōemon Tadaaki (?~1628). The famous school of swordsmanship which the modern art of kendo is largely based on in terms of technique and theory ‒ the Ittō-ryū ‒ was created by Itō Ittōsai. However, it was his student Ono Jirōemon Tadaaki who greatly developed the school and its teachings during the Tokugawa period. He was first known as Mikogami Tenzen, and he already had a formidable reputation as a swordsman before his fateful meeting with Ittōsai

    The Shinai-kyōgi Experiment
    By Dr. Alex Bennett
    Following Japans defeat in the Second World War, the martial arts were banned by Occupation authorities as they were considered to be undemocratic and conduits for imparting ultra-nationalism and militarism. All the budo arts were subject to the ban, but kendo was viewed as being particularly unsavoury due to the symbolism of the infamous Japanese sword. In reality, there were many diehard kendo enthusiasts who continued practising away from the wary eye of the authorities, but kendo in schools was absolutely prohibited. It was gradually reinstated again in part through the creation of a hybrid sporting version of kendo known as shinai-kyōgi. Alex Bennett takes a look at the historical significance of this development.

    Pedagogical Opportunities and Challenges of Teaching Budo
    By Dr. Stepehen Nagy
    Beginning in September 2010, Dr. Nagy began teaching a university level course entitled Japanese Budo: Tradition and Transformation from the Edo Period to Today at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Teaching a new course is always fraught with challenges, especially regarding course content and pedagogical approaches to learning. This article aims to address some of the problems he faced from the perspective of a scholar and practitioner of kendo, iaido and aiki-budo. Through introducing and discussing the Pedagogical Opportunities and Challenges of Teaching Budo, Dr. Nagy sheds light on teaching possibilities and novel approaches to a more rigorous yet interesting way of learning about budo in an academic setting.

    The Refinement Practice Sword
    By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
    The Sei-ren-tō, or Refinement Practice Sword (RPS) to give it its English name, is the same size and shape as a regular bokutō, but is made from a lightweight flexible steel tube covered with a shock absorbing material making it lighter than a regular wooden bokutō. Michael Ishimatsu-Prime introduces the latest piece of kendo equipment on the market.

    Training Method for Fundamental Kendo Techniques with a Bokutō
    By Alex Bennett
    Some highly ranked members of the AJKF considered the Nippon Kendo Kata to be too advanced to teach basics to novices, even though this was the reason why it was originally created in 1912. This does not necessarily signify an evolution or devolution of modern kendo, but simply a change in the needs of modern practitioners. It was recognised that there was a need to facilitate a more pragmatic approach to learn basic techniques. A special committee was inaugurated in April 2000 to investigate creating a new kihon kata. By June 2001, nine basic forms for teaching children and beginners were selected. These are known collectively as the Training Method for Fundamental Kendo Techniques with a Bokutō. Alex Bennet takes a look at how it came about, and its potential uses in kendo training.

    Building the Garden
    By Aurlien Lain
    One year in Korea means renewing my visa, and to do so I needed to get out of the country to get it printed on my passport and go to a Korean embassy or consulate. Being on a budget, I needed a cheap and quick way to do it so I could be back to work in no time. That is where the infamous visa run to Fukuoka kicks in: 4 hours bus to go down south to Busan and then 3 hours on the boat to Fukuoka, present your passport and 24 hours later it is done. In the meantime I brought some work as I couldnt take holidays from my job. That didnt give much time for kendo while in Fukuoka. However, something else happened, something deeply valuable for my kendo practice

    Its Academic: Notes from the Japanese Academy of Budo
    The Research Journal of Budo is the societys refereed journal in which scholars can present the findings of their research in the public domain. It is published four times a year with the assistance of the Nippon Budokan. The contents of the journal are now available to members on the Articles Database accessible through the academys homepage. In this section of Kendo World we will introduce two or three research abstracts from the plethora of research available. In this issue, we will take a brief look at some of the papers published in 2006‒2007.

    Unlocking Japan
    By Lockie Jackson
    Im easily irritated. Sure. Little things tick me off. Even in Japan, a country stereotypically renowned for the currency it affords etiquette and self-restraint. I cant stand people who snort phlegm in meetings, sigh atsui ne (Hot, isnt it?) in saunas, or fall asleep on my shoulder while riding public transport. Call me old fashioned, but to me, such conduct displays a gross lack of self-awareness Find out what bizarre experience in Japan has irked Lockies girdle this time in Lessons Learned!

    A Duffle Bag & a Bogu Bag Part 7: Promoting Kendo to the World
    By Imafuji Masahiro
    How are you doing with promoting kendo in your community? Do you have people who live about 1.5 hours or two hours from your dōjō who lament that they cannot come to every training session? What do you usually say to these people? How about this scenario? Young teenagers come to see kendo. And the reason that they wanted to learn is because they like Rurouni Kenshin What would you do with these folks? Imafuji-sensei shares his thoughts after years of experience teaching kendo in foreign countries.

    DVD Review
    Tyler Rothmar reviews a recent DVD documentary about katana forging titled Art of the Japanese Sword.

    Kendo That Cultivates People Part 12: Further Development
    By Sumi Masatake (Hanshi 8-dan)
    In the latest instalment of this highly acclaimed on-going series by Sumi-sensei, the importance of rei and courteous behaviour, and the right attitude is discussed in the scheme of kendo development. Training in kendo is often compared with the three-stage process of shu-ha-ri, however it is quite difficult to identify at which point you are situated in the spectrum and when you should progress to the next stage. Rather than contemplate this, it is more productive to consider the depth of your understanding of the art of kendo and focus on your own mindset. How far you are progressing on a technical level is important and but if you are not in full psychological control of your emotions then you will not be able to progress to higher levels...

    The Kendo Coach: Sports Psychology in Kendo Part 5 Literature Review of a Social Psychological Issue: Team Cohesion and Team Goal Setting
    By Blake Bennett
    The topic of team cohesion, especially in a sporting context, is a broad ranging one. And, within this abundance of research and literature there is evidence to suggest that team goal setting can be used as a method to increase team cohesion as it works to provide a group with a common focus and direction. By exploring the literature, this article will seek to outline the specific aspect of team goal setting as a method to increase team cohesion and unity within the dōjō primarily with young athletes. Then, by providing critical discussion around the use of this method, a focus on the coaching considerations will highlight the crucial factors determining the success of a team goal setting session on team cohesion.

    Becoming One with the Sword
    By Taylor Winter
    The katana, imbued with the soul of the samurai... It is even said that when a samurai drew his sword, they became one. But, could this extend beyond metaphor? Could this be more than some corny jargon that your sensei mentions on occasion? It seems with the advent of modern psychology we are ever encroaching on an answer. One could postulate that such an answer could be paramount in gaining a deeper understanding of the psychological aspects of kendo.

    Confucian Voices in Swordsmanship: The Jōseishi Kendan
    By Christopher Hellman
    The older Japanese martial arts, or bugei, are often associated with spiritual and philosophical systems of belief. Confucianism, a philosophy which had a great influence on many areas of Japanese culture, has received relatively little consideration in this regard ‒ it is more typically associated with moral or theoretical issues such as the development of bushidō. However, there are writings from the Edo period (1600‒1868) written by master swordsmen that point to Confucianism playing a very substantial role in the training of a warrior on many levels, from basic attitudes towards training to the deeper mental and psychological teachings that formed the core of the martial arts. Few of these works are familiar to an English readership, and thus their important influence has been largely overlooked. To redress the balance, here Christopher Hellman discusses one of several such works, and briefly outlines the nature of Confucian influence to give readers some idea of its scope and depth.

    Connecting Oceanic Women: A New Seminar on Aiki
    By Kate Sylvester & Katie Marx
    The first half of 2011 has seen a new event in Antipodean kendo a seminar and taikai held exclusively for women. Over a hot weekend in February, women kendōka from across Australia and New Zealand came to Sydney to attend the inaugural Oceanic Womens Seminar and Taikai, presided over by two Japanese female instructors. KW staff writer Kate Sylvester was there to report on the proceedings and meaning of this event.

    Unmasking Japanese Womens Kendo
    By Kate Sylvester
    This paper by Kate Sylvester investigates the embodiment of gendered identity through the practice of kendo in Japan. In particular it engages with the construction of feminine identity within a traditionally masculine activity. The paper examines the complex hierarchical relations and feminine role within a Japanese kendo club. Martial arts such as kendo provide women with an opportunity to practice sports that have the potential to challenge traditional gender roles and constructions of the body. Conversely, a kendo club can in some ways reflect pre-modern Japanese society where cultural practices that can emphasise etiquette, spiritual strength, hierarchy and lower positioning of women are performed. Get an overview of Kates ground-breaking research into the positioning of women in the world of kendo.

    A Proposal for New Regulations and Organisational Reform in Kendo
    An Attempt to Make Kendo More Comprehensible for the World
    By Ōtsuka Tadayoshi (Translated by Alex Bennett)
    This thesis was originally published in Ōtsuka-senseis last book "Kenshi ni tsugu" (A proposition to kenshi) in 2005. Ōtsuka-sensei was known as a talented swordsman, meticulous scholar, generous educator, and certainly one not averse to throwing a cat among the pigeons, as this article will reveal. Unfortunately, he died of cancer in 2005. Some of his ideas were very radical, but they provide much food for thought, and I was honoured to have been asked by him to translate this paper for inclusion in the book which KW has received permission to republish for the wider international kendo community The so-called Concept of kendo and its Regulations are fraught with contradictions and pitfalls. It is because of the various inconsistencies inherent in modern kendo that I would like to propose a new set of rules (hereinafter referred to as the New Regulations) which will facilitate techniques that are easy to discern, convincing, and poignant

    Dojo Files: May the Fourth be With You
    Five members of the Hutt Kendo Club, located in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand, recently visited Japan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the club. Ever wondered what it would be like to take a dream trip to the home of kendo with your club mates? The latest club featured in Dojo Files may give you some ideas

    Shinai Sagas: The Coming of Spring
    By Charlie Kondek
    Charlie Kondek has produced yet another thought provoking kendo short story. Although the Shinai Sagas are fictional accounts of everyday people coming to grips with the trials and tribulations of walking the kendo path, the themes he touches on are all things we can relate to. In The Coming of Spring, we feel the anguish and doubt that the protagonist Nygaard experiences as he sits his 4-dan examination.

    Jukendo no Kata Part 4: Tankendo no Kata
    By Baptiste Tavernier
    Tankendo literally means the way of the short sword. It is in fact the art of detached bayonet, as devised by the Japanese army during the Taishō period. Tankendo is nowadays an allied discipline of jukendo, within the All Japan Jukendo Federation. It encompasses kata and bōgu practice. Interestingly enough, during the Shōwa period tankendo eventually fell under the influence of some high-ranked kendo instructors: the use of curved kodachi with tsuba instead of straight wooden bayonet became widespread; a few techniques were modified to look more kendo-like, and kirikaeshi was introduced as well. Although this trend is still present in modern tankendo, practitioners must never forget that their actual weapon is a chokutō, a straight blade with no tsuba, and that rather than cutting, the main technique in tankendo is thrusting. KW staff writer and resident jukendo expert, Baptiste Tavernier introduces the Tankendo no Kata for the first time in English.

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      Kindle app for iPad (1). Will download to my regular kindle when I get home and see if it works there. Didn't have any trouble with same app annotating Pressfield's Gates of Fire.

      I will report tomorrow.

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      Update: I used my Kindle app for PC on my office computer - Windows XP - and all features work fine, including highlighting and annotations. Don't have a Mac but not working on my iPad.

      TSR

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      Hi, Great work on the Kindle version! Am looking forward to getting the new editions on my iPad. Just wondering though whether current print subscribers can access the Kindle version for free, or do we need to buy it separately through Amazon?Cheers,

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      Hi Mike,That is a good question, and we have thought long and hard about how to deal with that very issue. In a nutshell we have decided to keep the printed version and the Kindle version as seperate entities. There are various reasons for this, the main one being logistics. We hope for your understanding and continued support. BTW 5.2 is almost ready to be uploaded.
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