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