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Report: The 6th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai Saturday July 29, 2017 56 participants from 20 countries gathered at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus for the 6th Kendo World Seminar on Saturday July 29. We were very fortunate to have been joined by eight 8-dan and two 7-dan sensei that we invited to attend, together with two 8-dan and three 7-dan jukendo and tankendo sensei. The day began at 09:30 with warming-up before Shigematsu Kimiaki-sensei of Chiba police force led the instruction session. Shigematsu-sensei made the participants do kirikaeshi many times, emphasising big and correct over fast and sloppy. Then he guided the participants through the Bokuto ni yoru Kihon Waza Keiko-ho whileRead More →

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Apologies for the extreme tardiness in providing this report… The 5th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai was held on Saturday July 30, 2016, at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus. It proved to be a very popular event with 68 participants from 20 different countries taking part. As the keiko-kai was scheduled for the day after the Kitamoto Seminar, seven participants from that seminar, who had obviously not had enough of kendo, joined us. We were also very lucky to have been joined by ten 8-dan sensei. The day began at about 9:30am with the participants doing ji-geiko with each other until about 10:00am. After that the sensei were introduced toRead 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 Julie Hsieh “Gong xi, gong xi! Guan Zhang!” (Congratulations, Dojo owner!) Wow! Am I dreaming? I just became a dojo owner in my hometown of Taipei, Taiwan. People have called me “doctor”, “COO”, and even “Lulu Fairy” (I host a kid’s TV show teaching Confucian values; yes, dressed as a fairy…). But Guan Zhang, I will have to get used to that. It all started in 2009 when my husband David and I were living in Seattle and looking for a couple’s activity we could do together for exercise. Looking through our local community center guide, we narrowed it down to ballroom dancing, Kendo,Read More →


Each year, the Nippon Budokan Foundation dispatches a “Budo Delegation” (Japanese martial ways) to a different country to perform demonstrations, hold workshops, and facilitate greater international understanding of the traditional Japanese martial arts. This is a government-sponsored event sanctioned by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sports Agency of MEXT. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the “Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation” (1976) between Australia and Japan, the 2016 International Budo Delegation consisting of 78 martial arts masters will visit Sydney from November 9~16. The nine modern budo disciplines that will be demonstrated are judo, kendo, karatedo, shorinji kempo, naginata,Read More →