7本目 — dō no renzoku zangeki ni taishi nuki hidari-men zangeki Guidelines: From waki attack and cut hidari-dō. ⇒ From hassō step back and block the cut with the shinogi in hidari-kamae. Then attack and cut migi-dō. ⇒ Step back with the right foot and avoid the cut in migi-waki fashion, but with the ishizuki raised higher than usual. Then cut hidari-men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — This pattern has become shikake-ōji No. 8. The only difference with the modern version resides in the last cut, which, in the MSK, is a hidari-men instead of a shōmen.  Read More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 6本目 — sune no zangeki ni taishi ōjikaeshi sune zangeki Guidelines: From hassō attack and cut sune. ⇒ From hidari-chūdan step back and block the sune cut in hidari-gedan posture. Then perform an ōjikaeshi rotating to the right in order to cut sune. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — ōjikaeshi refers to a block followed immediately by a counter strike. It also implies the idea of an uke-nagashi; therefore, in this pattern, the defender should use the momentum given by the sune strike in order to perform his ōjikaeshi-sune.Read More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014.   5本目 — dō no zangeki ni taishi nuki men zangeki Guidelines: From waki attack and cut dō. ⇒ From waki step back to avoid the dō cut, and cut to men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — The last sequence of Shikake-ōji No. 8 ressembles this pattern.  Read More →

By Stuart Gibson Originally published in Kendo World 4.3, 2008. Recently in Tokyo there has been something of a furore regarding mukae-zuki, which at the beginning of August this year culminated in letters from the Municipal Kendo Association going to all dōjō in Tokyo. Basically, a high ranking teacher in a particular ward had seriously injured someone with mukae-zuki, to the point that the person actually needed time off work to recover. The injuries included severe bruising to the throat and required treatment at hospital. The offender, who was the president of the ward kendo association and a K8-dan, was then asked to leave his post,Read More →