REPORT: The 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai

By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime The 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai was held on Saturday August 8, 2015, at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus in Tokyo. This year there were 42 participants from 16 different countries in attendance. We were also fortunate to have been joined by three 8-dan and two 7-dan sensei. For the first time at the KW Keiko-kai we were joined by four jukendo/tankendo sensei. The day began with mawari-geiko between the participants before Hirakawa-sensei gave a lecture. Hirakawa-sensei spoke … Continue reading

Kendo World 7.4 – Synopsis

The new (overdue) edition Kendo World is very nearly ready. The i’s are being dotted and the t’s crossed, and once that is done it will be sent to the printers for sale on P.O.D. It will also be available in Zinio ebook format. Thank you, as always, for your patience.  Kendo World 7.4 Synopsis Editorial By Alex Bennett Kendo World’s Editor-in-Chief reflects on three big days in May 2015, namely the 16th World Kendo Championships. “The 16WKC finished with … Continue reading

UPDATE 3 – The 4th Kendo World Keiko-kai

Dear Kendoka, The 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai that will be held at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus on Saturday August 8, 2015, is only five days away. We have had a few cancellations and seven places are still open, so if you’d like to attend, please contact us as soon as possible. Like every year, we have invited several 8-dan and 7-dan sensei to attend. So far, the following sensei have confirmed that they will be attending. K8-dan Nagao Susumu … Continue reading

UPDATE 2 – The 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai

Dear Kendoka, It is just a little over three weeks until the 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai that will be held at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus on Saturday August 8, 2015. We have to confirm numbers with the university by July 24, so if you’d like to attend and have not yet registered, please do so soon. Also, we only have 15 places left. So far, the following sensei have confirmed that they will be attending; K8-dan Nagao Susumu – Meiji University … Continue reading

UPDATE 1 – The 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai

UPDATE 1 The 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai – Saturday August 8, 2015 Dear Kendoka, It is just a little over a month away until the 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai that will be held at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus on Saturday August 8, 2015, so it’s time for an update. So far, the following sensei have confirmed that they will be attending; K8-dan Nagao Susumu – Meiji University Vice-President K8-dan Hirakawa Nobuo – Former Meiji University and Tokai University Kendo Instructor, … Continue reading

Stab, Stab, Stab! — Our Jukendo weekend

By Simon Larsen Day 0: Food Loading When we were introduced to Jukendo I wondered if it was a cunning plan by a dastardly Frenchman to get revenge for the slurs I have spread about the Smelly French over the years… I may have also contemplated that I had inadvertently invited the Japanese military to line up and have a bit of stabby practice on my bloated carcase. We had been allowed to join a 3 day Jukendo (the All … Continue reading