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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.

    Nutsn Bolts of Kendo: Levels of Improvement and
    Keiko
    By Nakano Yasoji (Hanshi 9-dan)
    In this article, Nakano-sensei talks about the importance of kihon. The pillars of shin-jutsu, ki-jutsu and gi-jutsu (mind, spirit and technique) are interwoven as one entity at the beginner stage through to the highest level. There is also a discussion of shu-ha-ri.

    Thoughts on Miyamoto Musashi and the Gorin-no-sho
    By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
    This year is the 400th anniversary of Musashis famous duel with Sasaki Kojiro. In this article, Michael Ishimatsu-Prime examines the five chapters Musashis of Gorin-no-sho and his other written works, and their relationship to other classics of the martial arts.

    sWords of Wisdom: Use all of your weapons
    By Alex Bennett
    This article discusses what possibly influenced Musashi to start using two swords at the same time.

    An Interview with Hirata Fuhō Sensei: Musashis DNA Lives on
    By Alex Bennett
    Hirata Fuhō was born in Mimasaka City, Okayama Prefecture, in 1942. Those of you familiar with the history of Miyamoto Musashi will notice an interesting connection: Musashis grandfather was Hirata Shōgen; and Musashi is thought to have been born in Mimasaka. Hirata-sensei is actually a direct descendant of the great Musashi, and is the 17th generation head of the Hirata family. As an 8-dan kendo master, he carries on the legacy of great swordsmen in the family.

    Bookmark: The Five Rings
    By Jeff Broderick
    KW staff writer Jeff Broderick reviews The Five Rings, David Groffs translation of Musashis Gorin-no-sho.

    Reidan Jichi: Kihon Dōsa - Part 3
    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 various types of suburi.

    Who was this Pioneer? Takano Sasaburō
    By Alex Bennett
    The second article in the series that introduces important kenshi who helped fashion the way in which kendo developed to its modern form, focuses on Takano Sasaburō (1862-1950), also known as one of the Shōwa Kensei, or sword saints of the twentieth century.

    Confucian Voices in Swordsmanship II: Kenjutsu no Fushikihen
    By Christopher Hellman
    Christopher Hellman continues his exploration of the influences of Confucianism in swordsmanship with a look at Kimura Kyuhōs Kenjutsu no Fushikihen - Ignorance in Swordsmanship. Published in 1768, Kenjutsu no Fushikihen was written as a conversation between a sword master and a visitor to the school. It serves as a useful vehicle for discussing the art of swordsmanship: the visitors questions and criticisms carry the thread of the argument, as the master explains about his teaching and his art in more detail.

    Unlocking Japan Part 23: Then and Now
    By Lockie JacksonLockie Jacksons column continues as he ruminates on how life and Japan has changed since he first arrived on its shores 23 years ago.

    Shinai Sagas: Openings
    By Charlie Kondek
    The latest instalment in popular kendo fiction writer Charlie Kondeks Shinai Sagas is centred on the dai-ni-dōjō or second dojo a place where beer flows and relationships grow.

    Bookmark: The Truth of the Ancient Ways
    By Hamish Robison
    Anatolly Anshins new book on Yamaoka Tesshu, the renowned swordsman, calligrapher and Zen practitioner, is reviewed by Hamish Robison. Anshin starts with a brief overview of bushi history, with a focus on the intangible bushi cultural heritage leading up to the Meiji period, and the political events that Tesshu would become embroiled in as the Bakufu came to a close and Japans post-feudal era began.

    A Bogu bag and a Duffle bag: Clash of the Titans
    By Imafuji Masahiro
    Imafuji Masahiro writes about his kendo roots as a 7-year-old in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture, at the Shūbukan dojo led by Hanshi 8-dan Tsurumaru Juichi. He discusses the training regimes of the children at that dojo and a chance encounter.

    Kendo that Cultivates People: Part 13
    By Sumi Masatake (Hanshi 8-dan)
    In the thirteenth part of the Kendo that Cultivates People series, Sumi-sensei discusses the establishment and the purpose of the grading system, and the responsibilities of those who serve on the grading panel.

    The Kendo Coach: Sports Psychology in Kendo: Part 8 Aggression in Kendo - part 3
    By Blake Bennett
    Blake Bennetts continuing series of articles on aggression in kendo uncover the factors as to why the kendo student is willing to undergo and tolerate ongoing harsh training methods. This instalment looks at The Concept and Purpose of Kendo and The Mindset of Kendo Instruction and how a contradiction arises between their ideals and the seemingly aggressive and violent methods used to realise them.

    Fostering the Gut Instinct
    By Taylor Winter
    KW staff writer, Taylor Winter, investigates the differences between analytical and intuitive decision making models, and their link to ones kendo development.

    Friendship through Crossing Swords
    By Kate SylvesterIn this article, Kate Sylvester interviews Kozuno Yuka, the only woman with the Okayama Police elite kendo squad. She has represented Japan at the World Kendo Championships and has won the All Japan Womens Individual Championships twice.

    Muslim Women and Kendo: a Look at How Kendo Has Been Embraced by Indonesian Women
    By Dr. Stephen Robert Nagy
    Dr. Stephen Robert Nagy interviews Happy Purnamasari, a female kendoka from Indonesia. She discusses her attraction to kendo, and how as a Muslim she is able to practise the art that she loves while at the same time observing the strictures of her Islamic faith.

    Bujutsu Jargon: Part 3
    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.

    Bushido as Seen by an Englishman
    By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
    Michael Ishimatsu-Prime offers his thoughts on kendo as a lifelong pursuit, and what the attraction of budo is for him and other foreign practitioners.

    Kendo, Children and Competition
    By Dr. Stephen Robert Nagy
    Dr. Stephen Robert Nagy discusses ideas about kendo, kids, competitions and training. Questions addressed include when is the best time to start teaching kendo? When should we introduce bōgu? When is competition appropriate? What and how should we evaluate children in competition?

    Bookmark: KendoApproaches For All Levels
    By Dr. Sergio Boffa
    Honda Sotaros KendoApproaches For All Levels is reviewed by Dr. Sergio Boffa.

    Hitlers Bogu
    By Alex Bennett
    Alex Bennett writes about the history of possibly the most infamous bōgu in the world ‒ the set presented to Adolf Hitler in 1938 by members of a Japanese student budo delegation who were touring Germany.

    Its Academic - Notes From the Japanese Academy of Budo
    Abstracts of the latest research from the Japanese Academy of Budo: A Study into the Process of Establishment of Kendo in Greece; A Study about the Symbol Geom in Korean Martial Arts Books of the Choson Yi Dynasty.

    The Development of Kendo in Slovenia
    By Peter Topić
    Peter Topić, President of the Kendo Federation of Slovenia, writes on the history and development of kendo in his country, and on the annual summer seminar that attracts many kendoka from across Europe.

    A Budo Camp on the Black Sea
    By Ivayla Ivanova
    At The Art of the Japanese Sword Summer Budo Camp held from August 1119, 2012, on the sea shore near Varna, Bulgaria, the participants from Bulgaria, Germany, Russia and France, were able to train in iaido, jodo and kendo. Ivayla Ivanova reports on this seminar organised by the Bulgarian Kendo Federation and Varna Free University Chernorizets Hrabur.

    The Dai Nippon Butokukai Naginata-dō Kihon Dōsa
    By Baptiste Tavernier
    Baptiste Tavernier examines the Dai Nippon Butokukais set of generic naginata kata and teaching guidelines entitled Naginata-dō Kihon Dōsa. They were created in 1941 for the purpose of promoting a unified form of naginata in schools.

    Bōgu Revolution: The Antimicrobial Bōgu for Comfortable and Hygienic Keiko!
    This discussion between Kyoto based bōgu manufacturer Tozando and students and teachers of Tsukuba University kendo club, is about the properties of Tozandos newly developed antimicrobial bōgu.
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