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

2014 International Naginata Federation Seminar

The 2014 International Naginata Federation Seminar By David D’hose, President, European Naginata Federation The most recent International Naginata Federation (INF) seminar was held in the Netherlands city of Amstelveen, next to Amsterdam, from August 22-24, 2014. There were about 85 participants from Australia, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and the USA who attended. This great event, organized by the Netherlands Naginata Renmei, was conducted by a large delegation led by Hashimoto Kumiko, … Continue reading

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