Preview: The 62nd All Japan Kendo Championships

Preview: The 62nd All Japan Kendo Championships, Monday November 3, 2014 By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime The 62nd All Japan Kendo Championships is just a matter of days away, and as usual it will be held at the Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo. The Kendo World Team will be there again to report on the event and provide live updates as the tournament progresses. In this edition of the AJKC, there are still no competitors as successful as Tokyo’s Uchimura Ryoichi, last … Continue reading

The 49th All Japan Iaido Championships

The 49th All Japan Iaido Championships Text, Photos and Videos by Jeff Broderick Iaido’s premier event took place on Saturday October 25, 2014, in Fukushima City. Although the name “Fukushima” is now synonymous with the nuclear disaster that followed the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011, Fukushima City is in the northern part of the large prefecture which shares its name, quite removed from the disabled power plant and the no-entry zone which surrounds it. Nevertheless, the events of March 11, 2011, … Continue reading

Sword Making “Taiken”

Sword Making “Taiken” By Yulin Zhuang How much of a five-year apprenticeship can you distill into a single day of training? That was a question that three of us, (David Groff – who recently published a new translation of the Gorin no Sho, KW’s general manager Baptiste Tavernier, and votre serviteur) decided to put to the test when we went to make our own kozuka, a small knife traditionally inserted in the side of the saya. When I think of a … Continue reading

41st All Japan Jodo Tournament

41st All Japan Jodo Tournament Text and photos by Jeff Broderick The 41st All-Japan Jodo Tournament was held October 5th, 2014, at the Sugamo Gakuen gym near Ikebukuro, Tokyo.  Although the region was under threat of an approaching typhoon, and heavy rains did not let up the entire day, this did not succeed in dampening the enthusiasm of the approximately 300 participants from across the country who gathered to demonstrate their best techniques for the judges and keen audiences. Jodo … Continue reading

What good is kendo?

What good is kendo? By Ron Fox It was early morning May 23, 2014. I was practising at Mitsubishi’s Shiseikan dojo as part of a bit of kendo prior to a professional conference. As I was waiting in line for the next person to crush me, I noticed a familiar looking person practising in the next line with Hayashi Nobuo-sensei. Once practice finished, I realised it was Yamada Noboru-sensei and he had been a member of the Chicago kendo dojo … Continue reading

Kendo is Beer: A Trip to Zanshin – the Kendo Izakaya

Kendo is Beer A Trip to “Zanshin” – the Kendo Izakaya By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime Additional drinking by John Doherty I was recently informed by a kendo friend that near Ikebukuro station in central Tokyo, a kendo-themed izakaya (Japanese style pub) had just recently opened. Not needing much of an excuse to go for a beer, and explaining to my wife that this was for work, not pleasure, I headed to “Zanshin” after the All Japan Kendo Federation godo-geiko at the … Continue reading