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  • Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa — Ippon-me naginata kata

    By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 6.3, 2012.   Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa (a.k.a. Butokukai Seitei Kata) At the beginning of each kata, shidachi (naginata) and uketachi (tachi) should start from chūdan, and then assume the […]

  • Tsukahara Bokuden tsukahara bokuden

    Tsukahara Bokuden (1490-1571). One of Japan’s greatest swordsmen, he founded the Shinto-ryu, which in turn saw the development of many more great fencers. Originally printed in Kendo World Issue 1.3, 2002. From the book Kenshi no […]

  • Men Waza

    The Nuts & Bolts of Kendo — Men Waza By Nakano Yasoji — Translated by Alex Bennett First published in Kendo World 1.3, 2002   Striking Targets (datotsubui) Q: In kendo, the target areas are […]

  • Iizasa Choisai

    Iizasa Choisai (1387-1488) Founder of Katori Shinto-ryu, and hence one of the pioneers of traditional Japanese swordsmanship. Originally printed in Kendo World Issue 1.2, 2002. From the book Kenshi no Meigon, by Tobe Shinjuro. Translated by […]

  • The Dai Nippon Butokukai Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa

    By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 6.3, 2012.   Introduction In 1941 the Dai Nippon Butokukai published a set of generic kata and teaching guidelines entitled Naginata-dō Kihon Dōsa, for the purpose of promoting […]

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