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 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 →

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 →

By Chiba Masashi (Kendo Hanshi 8-dan) Translated by Alex Bennett. Originally published in Kendo World 4.3 Chiba Masashi Sensei is well-known throughout Japan as a jōdan fighter. He won the All Japan Kendo Championship three times and was runner-up twice, as well as placing highly in many other prestigious titles. He is currently Honourary Shihan for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and Hitotsubashi University.  It is important to be able to do your own kendo in shiai. In order to do this, you need the ability to take charge of the situation. This means that you have to know how to deal with the manyRead More →