Kendo World 8.3 – Synopsis

Kendo World 8.3 is almost ready; we are very sorry for the delay. A synopsis of the contents can be found below. Kendo World 8.3 Synopsis Editorial: Letting Go… By Alex Bennett In this editorial, Alex describes the importance of “letting go” in keiko. In Japanese this is described by the word “sutemi”, which literally means “discarding the body”. The key to kendo improvement is sutemi, throwing yourself into every attack. The 64th All Japan Kendo Championships By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime … Continue reading

NAGINATA Monbushō Seitei Kata — Roppon-me

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014. 6本目 — sune no zangeki ni taishi ōjikaeshi sune zangeki Guidelines: From hassō attack and cut sune. ⇒ From hidari-chūdan step back and block the sune cut in hidari-gedan posture. Then perform an ōjikaeshi rotating to the right in order to cut sune. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — ōjikaeshi refers to a block followed immediately by a counter strike. It also implies the idea of … Continue reading

NAGINATA Monbushō Seitei Kata — Gohon-me

By Baptiste Tavernier Originally published in Kendo World 7.2, 2014.   5本目 — dō no zangeki ni taishi nuki men zangeki Guidelines: From waki attack and cut dō. ⇒ From waki step back to avoid the dō cut, and cut to men. Notes: — This kata was studied from middle school, 2nd grade. — The last sequence of Shikake-ōji No. 8 ressembles this pattern.  

At the Sharp End

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 … Continue reading