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 →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 4本目 — tsuki ni taishi makiotoshi-zuki Guidelines: From chūdan attack and thrust to nodo. ⇒ From chūdan step back and perform a makiotoshi, then thrust to nodo. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — Apart from the bayonet style thrusts employed here, this pattern is similar to the first kata in modern naginata.Read More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 3本目 — kote no zangeki ni taishi nuki hidari-men zangeki Guidelines: From chūdan attack and cut kote. ⇒ From waki step back diagonally to avoid the kote cut, and cut to hidari-men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 1st grade. — Here, the final men cut is performed from waki, but it is not a shōmen strike. This is a soku-men cut (to the left) and thus, the back hand should rest in front of the solar plexus at the end of the strike.Read More →

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 2本目 — sune no zangeki ni taishi nuki men zangeki Guidelines: ⇒ From hassō step back to avoid the sune cut, and cut to men. Notes: — This kata was studied from primary school, 6th grade. — Even if the final men cut is performed from hassō, it is not a soku-men in this case but a shōmen. Therefore, the back hand rests below the abdomen at the end of the strike.  Read More →