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  • The 60th All Japan Kendo Championships - REPORT
    Wark 1978
    The Kendo World team has assembled at the Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo to cover the 60th All Japan Kendo Championships.


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    3rd November 2012, 11:02 AM
  • 2012 WKC in Novara - Day 0
    snooz2k2
    Hi everybody Things are starting to heat up here in Novara. The venue is all set up, with 4 shiai-jo, 2 big screens per shiai-jo and a giant screen at the right of the shomen. 2 sensei were having a Nihon kendo kata rehearsal this afternoon, and a few teams (Italy, Romania, etc.) were training in some sub-halls around. We still don't know if we will be able to use the WI-FI tomorrow, but if we can, we'll try to give updates in real time on Twitter. We will also film quater-finals onward, and upload on youtube in the evening, so stay around ! ...
    25th May 2012, 02:56 AM
  • The Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai - Saturday 30th June 2012
    Wark 1978
    ********UPDATE********

    Dear Budoka,

    We have some more details for the must-attend event of the 2012 budo calendar the Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai 2012.

    Training will take place from 1030-1230 in the No.2 dojo of the Nippon Budokan. The first hour will be warming-up and kihon-geiko (basic practice). After a short break, and the second hour will be shido-geiko - keiko with the attending 8-dan sensei.

    To date, seven 8-dan kendo sensei and one kyoshi naginata sensei have verbally confirmed that they are going to attend. Once we receive their official written confirmation, we will let you know. Also, we are hopeful that a few more 8-dan sensei that have expressed an interest...
    24th April 2012, 06:40 PM
  • Kendo World Production Gasshuku
    Alex


    The Kendo World team has been hard at work at a magazine production gasshuku in Chiba over the weekend. Apart from organising content for the upcoming issue of Kendo World, we also enjoyed a training session, and the mandatory frothy refreshments in the evening. It was great to have the IBU foreign kendo students join us. The next magazine is shaping up to be another classic, cram-packed with the highest quality kendo information....
    22nd April 2012, 01:14 PM
  • 10th 8-Dan Sembatsu Taikai Coverage
    Alex
    The 10th annual 8-Dan inivitaton kendo tounament for some of Japan's strongest hachidan masters happened in Nagoya this Sunday (April 15, 2012). Kendo World was there as always to cover the event. The semifinals and final will be uploaded on the KW Youtube Channel in the coming dats. The tournament was won by Tani Katsuhiko, a vice principal as a high school in Gunma. He will be a ref at the upcoming WKC in Italy. His opponent was K. Higashi, the jodan fighter and retired policeman from Aichi. He used to be a kickboxer who went by the name of Tiger Higashi, but the tiger was tamed today in a great final. The video will be up soon so check it out. The draw is below the videos.

    Finals on YouTube (Will be processing the HD for a little while, come back later for the post-processed HD version if so):


    Semi-finals between Tani and Nishikawa

    Semi-finals between Higashi and Kasamura
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    14th April 2012, 04:14 PM
  • Budo Seminar Special Notice
    Alex
    Hi everybody,
    every year the Nippon Budokan holds a Budo Seminar for foreign residents in Japan. They have asked Kendo World to help get the word out this year. The initial deadline has already passed, but if you live in Japan and are interested please contact Alex Bennett alex@kendo-world.com by FEBRUARY 15 with your details, and I will pass it on to the Budokan. Otherwise, please get in touch with them directly at the contact provided below. Check out the PDF file for this year's content. You will get to hear lectures about budo cluture, and all the hands on training and experience in your specialist budo, and anything you've always wanted to try! It is always a fantastic seminar, so hope to see you there. Alex Nippon Budokan Foundation Usui Hideo, Chairman The 24th International Seminar of Budo Culture Announcement Dear budo friends, I hope that this letter finds y...
    7th February 2012, 10:43 PM
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  • The Newest Dojo in the World

    The Chuseikan Dojo in Christchurch, New Zealand



    The earth didnt rock, it exploded under our feet. That was the February 22 earthquake in Christchurch last year. Not long after that, when I had arrived back in Japan, the March 11 Great Tohoku Earthquake happened, followed by a massive tsunami and the unnerving nuclear disaster. In terms of scale, the Japanese earthquake was far bigger, and the casualties inconceivable. How do you come to terms with entire villages being swept away, thousands of deaths, and then the on-going menace of radiation? Well, you cant really, but life goes on for the living.

    Life goes on for the living in Christchurch too. The tragedies experienced there were horrific and real. Nobody came out of it unscathed. But the process of rebuilding the city and trying to get some semblance of order back is proving to be very difficult. Of course, people soldier on, but with the literally thousands of aftershocks that have continued to rattle the city day in and day out, peoples nerves are frayed. How much longer will it go on? Some experts predict it could continue for thirty years. The fault lines run directly under the city, and they are shallow. Earthquakes have now become a fact of life in the once more English than England city of Christchurch. Now, I think we have much more in common with Japan!

    What should people do? Leave the city and start elsewhere? Or, stay and try and rebuild the city to be better and safer than ever before. Understandably, a considerable number of people have already chosen to leave, and they cant be blamed for taking that course of action. Others have decided to stay and try and get on with their lives. I no longer live in New Zealand having made Kyoto my home nearly two decades ago. However, as the adage goes you can take the boy out of New Zealand, but you cant take New Zealand out of the boy. I will always have a close affinity with my hometown, and as I happened to experience the earthquake firsthand, I felt a strong urge to try and do something to help it rebuild.

    The kendo club that I helped form in 1988 (Seitou Kenyukai) lost two members in the quake, and the building we rented as a dojo was completely destroyed, like so many of the characteristic old buildings in the CBD. Finding a place to hold regular trainings after the quake was a frustrating and expensive task for the current leaders of the club, and sports and community groups were competing to book time slots in any suitable building that could accommodate. There arent many, and the competition for space is stiff.

    When I was shown a warehouse in the west of the city that was up for sale, it occurred to me that this could be my contribution. Against considerable odds I was able to coordinate a loan to buy the warehouse, but there was not enough left in the coffers to furnish the dojo with a wooden floor. With much trepidation, I decided to take the plunge and ask my colleagues and budo buddies in Japan if they would be prepared to buy a floorboard.

    Given the extent of the disaster in Japan, I felt uncomfortable calling on people for favours. My reservations proved groundless, and I was overwhelmed by everybodys generosity and offers of help. It is thanks to their charitable nature, and generosity that the dojo is now up and running. With five of our members selected to represent NZ at the 15th WKC in Novara this year, the kendo club is training regularly and very hard, and other culture and budo clubs are preparing to move in.

    The new Christchurch dojo is only a tiny drop in a massive bucket that needs to be filled to get Christchurch back to its former glory. But, at least we now have a little hall where people can come and train in the martial ways of Japan. Thank you to all who supported the dojo financially or otherwise. Everybody is always welcome!

    御礼
    クライストチャーチ武道場復活の推進につきましては、多大なる御理解、御協力を賜り厚くお礼申 し上げます。 皆様から、過分なる御寄付を頂戴しており、物心両面より本事業の推進に全面的に御協力を賜りま したこと、こ こに深く感謝申し上げます。昨年の11月、私も初めて道場で稽古をしてきたところです。その時 撮った写真と ビデオはリンク(Youtube)でご覧になれます。春3月頃に道場(忠誠館)の完成を見込んでおりますの で、正式な道場開きと全ニュージーランド剣道選手権大会を企画しております。皆様の期待に応え られるように 「忠誠館」のメンバー一同頑張りたいと思います。今後ともよろしくお願いいたします。

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    • Alex
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      Alex commented
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      The wood is Tasmanian oak. I don't know why the bearers are pink, but there is also a sheet of rubber under them. The spring in the floor is amazing.

    • Halcyon
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      Halcyon commented
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      Originally posted by Alex
      The wood is Tasmanian oak. I don't know why the bearers are pink, but there is also a sheet of rubber under them. The spring in the floor is amazing.
      Drool.

    • duyrito
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      duyrito commented
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      I have not yet heard this dojo but when I known it by your story! This story is very meaningful and one again to support spirit of kendo in this situation. Wish all best for your dojo.
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