By Steve Kelsey. When you study jukendo you learn the importance of attack, nearly everything you do is aimed at delivering a powerful, focused attacking thrust, and this is generally accompanied with a forward leap. The forward leap adds power to the thrust and also enables the attacker to enter past and inside the defender’s guard. The first line of defence from these thrusts is this guard or kamae; this is supplanted with parries, deflections and interestingly enough retreat. This tactical retreat when timed perfectly can break the attacker’s rhythm and balance, allowing for effective counter attack. Watching jukendo shiai one sees a great dealRead More →

I have been practising kendo for quite a few years and for as long as I can remember, my first memory of tankendo, as a kyusha, was an article I read in Kendo World in which there were pictures of what I mistakenly thought to be kenshi practising an unidentified martial art with unidentified rifle-shaped pieces of wood, and funny very small shinai. When I started asking questions around me, nobody in my dojo could tell me what it was! It took me years – Google, Facebook, and my recently ‘on-internet-met-friend’, Baptiste Tavernier – to discover what jukendo and tankendo were! As I’ve been strivingRead More →

By Simon Larsen Day 0: Food Loading When we were introduced to Jukendo I wondered if it was a cunning plan by a dastardly Frenchman to get revenge for the slurs I have spread about the Smelly French over the years… I may have also contemplated that I had inadvertently invited the Japanese military to line up and have a bit of stabby practice on my bloated carcase. We had been allowed to join a 3 day Jukendo (the All Japan Jukendo Instructors Seminar) seminar in Chiba. Much of the work organising our attendance was performed by Baptiste and I know he was busy organisingRead More →

What are YOU doing to save kendo? (And iaido and jodo and any of the koryū you do…) By Kim Taylor Seriously, what are you doing to promote the art, to preserve it for the next generation? Here’s a list of ideas, tick off the ones you do to find out what kind of budo bunny you are. 1. Go to practice. Not just now and then, not just a couple times a week, but every single practice your sensei holds, and then some practices on your own where you do your homework to reinforce what sensei taught you last class. 60 points for “yes”;Read More →