This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Tankendo no kata

By baptiste Tavernier Note: When this article was first published in Kendo World, the kata known nowadays as Sanbon-me – Kote Uchi had not been created yet. What is now Yonhon-me and described below was then consequently kata n°3 (the Tankendo no Kata had thus in those days 7 series only). Yonhon-me: nodo no haraizuki – go 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, uchikata takes the initiative and thrusts to shikata’s nodo. However, while evading to the right, shikata performs a uchi-harai ontoRead More →


This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Naginatado Kihon Dohsa

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 6.3, 2012.   Naginatadō Kihon Dōsa (a.k.a. Butokukai Seitei Kata) At the beginning of each kata, shidachi (naginata) and uketachi (tachi) should start from chūdan, and then assume the designated kamae. At the end of each kata, both should first assume chūdan again, then go back to the original position assuming migi-kowaki (mugamae in modern naginata) for shidachi and lowering the kensen for uketachi. Yonhon-me – Hassō (1) SHIDACHI: assume hassō, take two steps forward and take the maai. (1) UKETACHI: assume hassō and take three steps forward. (2) SHIDACHI: step forward with the right foot and strike hidari-men. (2)Read More →

The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 Photos and Facebook Text Updates – Final Final Nishimura (Tokyo) vs. Uchimura (Tokyo) First attack, Nishimura scores kote! In under ten seconds! Both from the same high school. Nishimura Uchimura’ed Uchimura.… Nishimura knows that he can’t be defensive against Uchimura. When Nishimura last won, his semifinal and final kendo was completely different. With his techniques now, Nishimura’s left hand is staying on the centre. A good attempt at men from Nishimura. He’s using his feet well. Nishimura has a fantastic men, but he doesn’t really use it. It’s a shame. Nishimura is using his feet well,Read More →

The 65th All Japan Kendo Championships Friday November 3, 2017 Photos and Facebook Text Updates – Semifinals Semifinal 1 Hayashida (Fukui) vs. Uchimura (Tokyo) If it gets close, Uchimura has the advantage, but from a distance Hayashida is great with tobikomi-waza. It will be a great encounter. As soon ans Hayashida hesitates, Uchimura will go for kote. If Hayashida tries from a distance he’ll have the advantage with off-the-mark techniques. They both connect seme to waza.… Hayashida scores a great men, but straight after the restart he equalises with his own men. Many times Uchimura has equalised immediately. This now gives him a great psychological advantage.Read More →