UPDATE 2: The 3rd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai, Saturday August 2, 2014

With the 3rd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai a little under three weeks away on Saturday August 2, 2014, it is time for another update. This year’s event, which will be held at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus, is proving to be more popular than the first two, and to date, 45 people have already signed up. This means that we only have five places left. If more than 50 people apply, they will be placed on a waiting list. We would very much like … Continue reading

The Kendo Adventure: Part 4

The Kendo Adventure: Part 4 Fatal Attraction to a ‘Black-belt’! I was still quite keen to join the soccer club at my new high school, but succumbed to the pressure to go “Japanese”. Kendo club it was to be, for a whole year. I meandered tentatively through the dingy school corridors for my induction after school, and arrived when the training was already in full swing. “Training starts at 16:00!” With my first visit to see what kendo was all … Continue reading

UPDATE: The 3rd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai, Saturday August 2, 2014

The 3rd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai is a little under a month away. It will be held on Saturday August 2, 2014, at Meiji University’s new Nakano Campus, a different venue from last year. So far we have five 8-dan sensei that have confirmed that they will be attending, and we are waiting for responses from a few more so we are hoping for that number to increase. The confirmed sensei so far are; H8-dan Masago Takeshi, a director of the … Continue reading

The Sensei Speak: Part 2

The Sensei Speak: Part 2 By Kim Taylor Out of the way, old man Speaking of moving things along, we also discussed the movement of the “pioneer generation” up the ladder to make room for their students who are grading toward their level. Several of our seniors in the various arts were pioneers in Canada, and in many cases we noted there was actually a fight between our instructors and the organisation over “bumping them up” in rank. This might … Continue reading

The Sensei Speak: Part 1

The Sensei Speak: Part 1 By Kim Taylor There was beer involved. Had a rather interesting chat last evening in the bar with several sensei of several arts, specifically iaido, aikido, and a couple different lines of karate. You can learn it all in Seitei My own little rant actually started in class, where we were going over Seitei Jō. A question came up about shifting from one kamae to another at the start of a kata and why. We … Continue reading

Kirikaeshi? Is that going to be on the final? Part 2

Kirikaeshi? Is that going to be on the final? Kendo as a Class for Credit at Michigan State University: Part 2 By Ron Fox Academic knowledge (terminology, reihō, sahō and so on) are transmitted both by a pair of handouts and by in class instruction and drill. In the first two class periods we put on the uniform together and fold it afterwards together. Throughout the semester the terminology is reinforced with question and response (e.g. “It’s important to strike … Continue reading