Tokyo Kendo Lions Club

Tokyo Kendo Lions Club By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime I am sure that most of you have heard of the Lions Club International. They are a charitable organisation that does community service in 209 countries around the world. In Japan in recent times, its volunteers have helped people who have been affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. However, it is not just this type of charitable work that the Tokyo Lions Club undertakes – there is also a kendo division. … Continue reading

Kendo World 7.3 – Call for Submissions!

The Kendo World Team has aready started production of issue 7.3, which is due to be published in December 2014, and we are now accepting submissions. If you have recently attended a seminar or tournament and would like to write a report, or have another idea for an article, please contact us. Remember, we do not only accept articles on kendo, but also on iaido, jodo, naginata, jukendo, tankendo and kobudo. Articles of a cultural and historical significance that are … Continue reading

The Book

The Book By Kim Taylor  I have the 2014 version of “The Book” in my hot little hands and I am eagerly waiting for a few minutes during which I can read it. This is of course the English version of the AJKF iai manual. I look forward to knowing all about the changes that have happened since 2009 so I can apply them to all the students who will be learning from me and all those who will be … Continue reading

RT2014, and a bit of kendo as well

RT2014, and a bit of kendo as well By Ron Fox Many of you have read my past articles for the Kendo World homepage. As you might expect, I have a professional (non-kendo) life. I work as a programmer for the National Superconducting  Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University (NSCL). My speciality is the construction of software for real-time data acquisition from experiments performed at this facility. Our University and the NSCL have a grant to build a new U.S. … Continue reading

The 2nd Children’s Kendo Festival

The 2nd Children’s Kendo Festival By Stuart Gibson Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited by the Japan Kendo Promotion Association to participate as a guest at the 2nd Children’s Kendo Festival, held in Saitama on June 15, 2014. The aim of the festival is: “Widening the recognition of kendo, supporting the health and growth of children, and through competition giving a chance to develop new friendships and demonstrate their improvement through practise.” ( As part of this festival, … Continue reading