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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
    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 issue features Iizuka Saiji from Shizuoka. Iizuka-sensei passed the hachidan examination in 1990, and was awarded the title of Hanshi in 1999. He talks of the importance of kata, and how to focus your ki through the tip of your sword.

    Watch and Learn
    By Taylor Winter

    KW staff writer, Taylor Winter of Otago University investigates the significance of mitori-geiko in learning kendo. Mitori-geiko is the act of looking and learning, but how exactly are your neurons stimulated through observing the keiko of others? Taylor uses his extensive knowledge of psychology to examine the benefits of proper mitori-geiko.

    The Concept of San Satsu Hō and its Relationship to Mittsu no Sen
    By Robert Stroud (Kendo Kyōshi 7-dan)
    Robert Stroud-sensei from the US explains how the acts of killing the sword, killing the opponents technique, and killing their spirit is interconnected with timing your attack. These are complicated concepts, but fall at the very heart of kendos psychological and technical underpinnings. Stroud-senseis explanations shed light on this important area of kendo.

    Kan-geiko
    By Sakudō Masao (Kendo Hanshi 8-dan)
    Professor Sakudō from the Osaka University of Health and Sport Science explains the importance of engaging in special training regimes such as kan-geiko. This is mid-winter training, and is conducted at the coldest time of the year in Japan to forge an indomitable body and mind. The OUHS kan-geiko is famous throughout the land. What prompted Sakudō-sensei to introduce the practice in his university, and what do kendo club members get out of it, and how is such austere training relevant to people in the modern age?

    Scaling the Fourth Wall
    By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
    KW senior staff writer recently passed the 4-dan examination in Japan, but the road was not easy. Michael shares his experience with us, and offers some tantalizing clues as to why he was eventually able to pass this problematic exam. What sort of mental and technical preparation is required to pass? This is a must read for people about to attempt a 4-dan shinsa.

    Toshikoshi-geiko at E-BOGUs Butokuden Dojo
    By Taro Ariga (Kendo Kyōshi 7-dan)
    Ariga-sensei of E-BOGU fame and longtime leader in the international kendo community introduces the history behind his business, and also the NEW Year special training which has become a fixture at his beautiful Butokuden Dojo in California.

    Reidan-jichi: Kihon-dōsa
    By Ōya Minoru (Kendo Kyōshi 7-dan)
    Kihon-dōsa, or basic movements, refers to kamae, footwork and manipulation of the shinai. In other words, it entails all of the principles behind the striking and thrusting movements for scoring yūkō-datosu (valid attacks) in kendo. This article analyses the process of drawing and sheathing the shinai, and some finer points regarding footwork.

    A Duffle Bag & a Bogu Bag - Part 8: Indiana Seminar Report
    By Imafuji Masahiro (Kendo 5-dan)
    Imafuji Masahiro reports on a seminar he organized for kenshi in Indiana, and its focus on understanding kendo as a life philosophy.

    sWords of Wisdom
    By Alex Bennett
    This article introduces Miyamoto Musashis concept of iwao no mi, or the body of a rock.

    Book Mark: Origins of a Legend
    Reviewed by Jeff Broderick
    KW staff writer Jeff Broderick reviews William De Langes latest translation of the Bushi Denraiki, an eighteenth century record of the life of Japans most famous samurai, Miyamoto Musashi.

    Unlocking Japan Part 22: Reconnecting
    By Lockie Jackson
    Lockie Jacksons highly acclaimed and humorous column is a kind of confession this time. Lockie talks of how he drifted away from the kendo scene as life started to get in the way. But as so many people have experienced, he found that getting back into bogu after several years off was exhilarating, and just what the doctor ordered.

    A Kendo Homecoming
    By Scott Huegel
    A similar theme to Lockies Reconnecting article, Scott Huegel also talks of his kendo hiatus, and the unexpected return. During that time I did not pick up a shinai, put on bōgu, or even give much of a passing thought to something that I had previously been practising for more than a decade with dedication and endeavour. Calculated out, that means kendo was not part of my life for more than 2,190 days. My hakama andkeiko-gi were folded up and placed on a closet shelf. My bōgu bag sat in a corner of the garage slowly gathering dust, and not a few cobwebs What brought him back?

    Who was this Pioneer?
    By Alex Bennett
    A new series by Alex Bennett, Who was this pioneer introduces mostly unknown but important kenshi who helped fashion the way in which kendo developed to its modern form. The first article introduces Nishikubo Hiromichi (1863-1930).

    A Sterling Century of Kata
    By Alex Bennett
    Did you know that the Nippon Kendo Kata is exactly 100 years old this year? How and why was it created? This article outlines the process in which the Nippon Kendo Kata came to be a century ago.

    Shinai Saga: You & Me
    By Charlie Kondek
    Popular kendo fiction writer, Charlie Kondek, describes the kendo journey of two young men who grow up doing kendo together. A moving story of growth and discovery through kendo in which many readers will surely be able to empathise with.

    Kendo That Cultivates People
    By Sumi Masatake (Hanshi 8-dan)
    Sumi-senseis celebrated series continues. If you only view kendo as sparring with bamboo sticks, then as your physical abilities begin to decline, you are likely to completely neglect the higher principles of the art. Practitioners approaching their jukuren-ki (higher level of experience) need to bear this in mind in training, particularly those who will go on to become instructors. This instalment continues examining how high-graded and experienced practitioners should try to perform kendo and what exercises they should engage in to develop mature shinai control. It also delves into the ideal mind-set for shinpan (referees).

    Bujutsu Jargon
    By Bruce Flanagan MA
    Bruce continues his series introducing a number of terms often encountered by people interested in Japanese history and the martial arts.

    Eds 5-dan Grading
    By Jeff Broderick
    Jeff Broderick introduces jodo practitioner extraordinaire, Canadian Ed Chart. Sitting on the floor of the dojo while awaiting his turn to challenge his 5-dan grading in March of 2012, Ed Chart looks no different than any of the other 30 or so challengers. When it is finally his turn to take the floor, he stands, takes a crutch in each hand, and moves to the far side of the dojo. Passing his crutches to a member of the grading staff, he takes up his jō, and hops over to his starting position. A murmur passes through the crowd. They have just noticed his unusual way of moving, and take a closer look. The murmur increases in volume as they realise: Ed Chart has only one leg...

    The Kendo Coach: Sports Psychology in Kendo Part 7 - Aggression in Kendo
    By Blake Bennett MSS
    In his previous article, an introduction to the topic of aggression in kendo training was provided based on the cur*rent literature in this field of sports research. Following on from there, starting with bullying, this article provides a further breakdown of the issues concerning aggression in kendo. Blakes discussion focuses on the ideas of sanctioned and unsanctioned aggression, in addition to the factors of player norms, and instrumental and hostile aggression. The article will conclude with a brief overview of the physiological theories concerning aggressive behaviour, and a summary of part 1 and part 2 in this series.

    Book Mark 11: Meditations on Violence
    Reviewed by Bruce Flanagan
    Brice reviews Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller a thought-provoking nonfictional investigation into the harsh reality of various forms of physical violence and conflict and the unrealism that many practitioners of self-defence orientated martial arts are apt to succumb to in their training.

    Dojo Files- Japanese Swordsmanship in Hungary
    Compiled by the Budapest Főnix (Phoenix) Kendo and Iaido Club
    At the 2012 15th Kendo World Championship held in Novara, Italy, the Hungarian mens team achieved a third place victory. This success is not only the best result in Hungarian kendo history, but a wonderful present as well, as this year Hungarian kendo will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary in September! Thanks to this international success, Hungarian kendo is being noticed, but there are many stories surrounding its beginnings that few people are aware of. This essay gives us some insight into the very first men cuts in Hungary.

    Kendo in Hong Kong
    By Angela Chan, Carrie Au and Vivian Law (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
    Kendo has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. As of May 2012, kendo has been practised for more than forty years in Hong Kong. There are currently eight affiliated dojos and about 500 members under the Hong Kong Kendo Association. As with most of East Asia, Hong Kong was invaded by Japan in the 1940s during the Second World War, and suffered greatly under the rule of the Japanese Imperial Army. Given this history, what motivates Hong Kong people to learn kendo? This article helps us understand the present situation of kendo in Hong Kong, as well as the Hong Kong-Japanese relationship.

    Dojo Files- The Worlds Southernmost Kendo Club Turns 10
    By Shane Robinson and Dave Rogers

    Every heard of a little town called Invercargill? No? Maybe you have seen the movie starring Anthony Hopkins called The worlds fastest Indian. Invercargill is situated at the very bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. This makes the kendo club there, the southernmost in the world. They are celebrating their tenth birthday this year.

    The History of Kendo in France
    By Tanguy LAminot; Translated by Baptiste Tavernier
    France is one of the European powerhouses in kendo. This article on the history of kendo in France was written almost twenty years ago by Tanguy LAminot. It covers a period ranging from the 1950s until the late 1980s, and focusses on the events that shaped kendo in France in its formative years. It is a must-read for those interested in how kendo has taken shape in the West.

    Barefoot Kendo
    By Hamish Robison
    Why dont you wear shoes? is a question we hear quite often from people who see kendo for the first time. An increasing number of runners are also hearing this question, thanks to the increase in popularity of barefoot running. There seem to be a number of parallels between kendo and the principles of barefoot running, and in this article Kendo World co-founder, Hamish Robison, does a brief comparison of the two.

    Redressing Old Wounds: American Filmmakers Hope to Return a War Sword
    By Tyler Rothmar
    As the 67th anniversary of Japans surrender nears, a small film crew in America is in the process of documenting what they hope will be a potent gesture: the search for the owner of a Japanese sword taken to the U.S. after WWII, in the hope of returning it. It all started with this random sword, and then turned into something else entirely, says ForgiveDont Forgets producer, Brad Bennett of Shaking Hands Productions. Tyler Rothmar interviews Brad to find out more about this fascinating project.

    Kyoto Taikai 2012
    By Jeff Broderick
    Jeff introduces some of the highlights at this years famous Kyoto Taikai.

    Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido Seminar Points for Instruction
    By Hamish Robison and Kaneda Kazuhisa (Iaido Kyōshi 8-dan)
    At a recent seminar in Japan, some aspects of the All Japan Kendo Federation Seitei Iai kata were clarified in more detail. KW asked 8-time All Japan Iaido Champion and International Budo University Iaido teacher, Kaneda Kazuhisa-sensei (Iaido K8-dan) to act as our model to explain some of the finer points of an instructional document provided by the Kendo Federations Iaido division.
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      I want to buy some books and Issue 6.1, too but the paperback version is only available at Amazon? Can it be somehow combined?

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      Unfortunatelly no, it is only availabe on Amazon.

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      I am a subscriber but have not received the issue and see no way on the site to verify my subscription status. I tried the "Contact Us" option twice but had no response. Is there any way anymore to deal with all this? Seems like an oversight in the new site design.
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