Uma breve sinopse da HISTÓRIA DO KENDO MODERNO

Uma breve sinopse da HISTÓRIA DO KENDO MODERNO por Alex Bennett O presente artigo foi originalmente publicado na revista Kendo World número 3.1, de 2004. Tradução portuguesa por Joaquim Coelho. A RESTAURAÇÃO MEIJI E O KENDO A arte do kendo moderno, hoje praticada por milhões de pessoas no Japão e no mundo, evoluiu de técnicas tentadas e testadas nos campos de batalha. À medida que a tenka taihei, ou “paz através do território” se consolidava durante o Período Tokugawa (1603-1867), … Continue reading

What Sensei Do

By Tyler Rothmar Originally published in Kendo World 3.4, 2007. Embedded in the ji-geiko style of many kendo Sensei are unique behavioural codes, most of which are widely understood by experienced kendōka. These signals are by no means easily interpretable to the uninformed spectator, and are often downright baffling to foreign kendōka who are in the initial stages of development. Ji-geiko is by definition ‘free sparring’, an opportunity to use the techniques you have been practising in an open bout … Continue reading

Forsaken Kendo — Katate guntō-jutsu

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.3, December 2014. Introduction It is always interesting to see how events connect to form the stream of history. Who would imagine, for example, that one might find a link between an obscure disease called pébrine, which plagued France in the second half of the 19th century, and a martial art studied on the other side of the globe in Japan? Pébrine and flacherie are both diseases found in silkworms, and they … Continue reading

The “Shinai-kyōgi” Experiment

by Alex Bennett.  Originally published in Kendo World 5.4 Following Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, the martial arts were banned by Occupation authorities as they were considered to be “undemocratic” and conduits for imparting “ultra-nationalism” and “militarism”. All the budo arts were subject to the ban, but kendo was viewed as being particularly unsavoury due to the symbolism of the infamous Japanese sword. In reality, there were many diehard kendo enthusiasts who continued practising away from the wary eye of … Continue reading