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 →


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 →


The Nuts & Bolts of Kendo By Hanshi 9th Dan Nakano Yasoji — Translated by Alex Bennett First published in Kendo World 1.4, 2002 ***  Tsuki-waza What is the most basic method of executing tsuki? Of course, the most basic method for tsuki is to go straight in and thrust, but this is difficult to achieve if the opponent has a strong kamae. There are many other methods you can employ such as suriage as they lift their kensen up, or applying pressure from the omote side, and then making the thrust from the opposite side (ura) of the shinai. However, I find the mostRead More →

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By Baptiste Tavernier   Miyamoto Musashi, arguably Japan’s most famous warrior, needs no introduction. Martial arts enthusiasts from all over the world have heard of his life and feats and many have read Gorin no Sho, a.k.a. The Book of Five Rings, which has been translated into several foreign languages. Musashi however wrote a few more treatises that people outside Japan may be unaware of. The following is a list of Musashi’s writings: – Heidōkyō 『兵道鏡』 written in 1605. – Heihō Kakitsuke 『兵法書付』 achieved in 1638. This text is little-known, even in Japan. – Heihō Sanjūgo Kajō 『兵法三十五箇条』 written in 1641. – Gohō no KamaeRead More →