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7th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai Saturday July 28, 2018 Dear Kendoka, The Kendo World team is pleased to announce that we will be holding the 7th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai on Saturday July 28, 2018, at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus, the same venue that has been used for the past three events. There will be a keiko session in the morning followed by a party in the university cafeteria in the afternoon. The cost of participation will be around 5,000yen. Like every year, we have invited several 8-dan and 7-dan sensei to act as motodachi. So far, eight 8-dan sensei have confirmed that they willRead More →

kendo world

– A Call for Volunteers! – 17 years ago, two young kendoka decided to start the world’s first and only English language kendo magazine. Their goal: to disseminate kendo’s vast practical, philosophical, and historical aspects to the non-Japanese speaking community. It’s been a long 17 years, and Kendo World has seen many contributors come and go. Unfortunately, as our core contributors grow older and busier with careers and family and the vicissitudes of life, we’ve had to make some tough choices around our priorities. As many of you have probably noticed, we’ve chosen to maintain the high standards of our magazine, but our publishing speedRead More →

The 16th All Japan Invitational 8-dan Kendo Competition Nakamura Sports Center, Nagoya Sunday April 15, 2018 The sixteenth edition of the All Japan Invitational 8-dan Kendo Competition is in a couple of days. As usual, the Kendo World team will be there live reporting on the competition that will see 32 of Japan’s top 8-dan sensei battling it out to be crowned champion. This tournament was originally known as the Meiji-Mura Kendo Competition, which ran from 1977 to 2002. It was held in the Meiji-Mura (Meiji Village) Museum in Inuyama City near Nagoya. This is an open-air museum that was established in 1965 to preserveRead More →


By baptiste Tavernier Roppon-me: irimi seitai-zuki – sensen no sen Both uchikata and shikata assume chūdan-no-kamae. Starting from the front foot, they take three big steps forward. As soon as they enter into the maai for attack, shikata moves in (irimi) and tries to suppress uhikata’s tanken by pushing it to the right but uchikata evades by stepping backwards and thrusts immediately at shikata’s doh. However, shikata suppresses uchikata’s tankan by pushing it to the left then grabs and locks uchikata’s right elbow and breaks his balance. Finally, shikata stabs uchikata to the torso. Shikata withdraws coutiously with zanshin. Uchikata and shikata then go backRead More →

Chinese artist Yang Yongliang is famous for his photography and digital works in which he interweaves the structures of modern cities with the scenery of traditional Chinese landscape.  Yang’s signature style (Phantom Landscape III – Pages No.1 45 × 45 cm, Giclee print)   Lesser known is his 2015 video project, Fall Into Oblivion | 陌 入 止 境,  which features kendo. Shot mainly in Tokyo, the movie shows a kenshi who chases after the mythological 3-legged raven, and his inner self. Yang explains: In a lucid dream, there is a pair of joined islands above the sea horizon. Ocean tide rises mildly when a sacred three-legged raven landsRead More →