On Becoming the 26th European Champion

On Becoming the 26th European Kendo Champion By Stuart Gibson I have had the privilege of being a member of the British national kendo team since I was 20 years old, being picked for the first time in 2001 for the European Kendo Championships in Bologna, Italy. Since then, I have participated in 10 EKC, including this one, and four World Championships, and continue to feel proud to be able to do so. In the individual competition at the EKC … Continue reading

What is this Rank and Grading Stuff? Part 1 – Students and Teachers

What is this Rank and Grading Stuff? Part 1 – Students and Teachers By Kim Taylor Everyone, in every martial art eventually asks himself why he is standing in line waiting to go demonstrate in front of a panel in order to try and obtain a piece of paper and the right to be called one more (or one less kyū) number. And pretty much everyone answers “I don’t know”. Of course there are many reasons to grade, and a … Continue reading

Rehab

Rehab By Ron Fox It happened during a Sunday practice in the last week of June 2013 in the middle of uchikomi-geiko. As I completed one attack, turned and started to do fumikiri to go for the next attack, somebody kicked me in the back of my left calf. After completing the cut on the momentum, I looked over my shoulder and nobody was there. That was when I began to worry. You see, Steve, a good kendo friend of … Continue reading

The Japanese University Experience: “Kendo Grunt” to “Kendo Pro”

The Japanese University Experience: “Kendo Grunt” to “Kendo Pro” By Blake Bennett Kendo, for most of us, most of the time, is a choice. It’s not always an enjoyable choice, but the challenges it presents are probably why those of us who stick at it continue to stick at it, throw all of our money at it, and forgo weekend sleep-ins for it. Yet in Japan, for some, kendo is also a full-time job and career path. We’ve all heard … Continue reading

Home away from home – Representing your country when you don’t live there

Home away from home – Representing your country when you don’t live there By Stuart Gibson I consider myself very lucky. I have had the privilege of representing Great Britain and the British Kendo Association at international competitions over a period now spanning more than 12 years. Half of this has been since I moved to Japan, which while many people would assume is a blessing from the kendo gods (and in many ways it most definitely is!), it is … Continue reading

Research and Writing on Budo

Research and Writing on Budo By Kim Taylor After exactly 20 years I have gone back to writing the series of books on the Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryū, my koryū iaido practice. The last of the manuals on the core solo kata was published in 1994, and recently I finished a fourth book on the partner kata. I have a couple left to clean up some loose ends, but it’s a relief to be so close to the end of a … Continue reading