By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. In 1941, the Dai-Nippon Butokukai published a set of generic kata and teaching guidelines entitled Naginata-dō Kihon Dōsa (see Kendo World issue 6.3) for the purpose of promoting a unified form of naginata to be taught in schools all around Japan. Naginata was adopted into the female physical education program in 1913 as an extracurricular activity, and then elevated to an elective subject from 1937. Until that time, naginata instruction in schools had always consisted of the study of ryūha techniques, mainly from the Tendō-ryū and the Jikishin Kage-ryū traditions, with no unified curriculum from oneRead More →

By Boris Jansen Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. I am still on a high after passing my kendo 6-dan in August 2013. The preparation, failing, reflection, struggling and finally passing the exam, turned out to be a much greater experience than I initially expected. The failing forced me to take a step back and helped me to transform my kendo into what I believe is more mature and varied, and on top of it, just more fun. In this article, I would like to share my experience regarding my three attempts and highlight some of the requirements that I think are key in orderRead More →

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), as artes marciais adquiriram um novo sentido e papel para a classe dominante dos samurai. Sem mais guerras para travar, as artes militares eram estudadasRead More →

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 against an opponent. As there are no shimpan, the senior student will often guide the direction of the match; in cases where opponents are evenlyRead More →