By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime The 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai was held on Saturday August 8, 2015, at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus in Tokyo. This year there were 42 participants from 16 different countries in attendance. We were also fortunate to have been joined by three 8-dan and two 7-dan sensei. For the first time at the KW Keiko-kai we were joined by four jukendo/tankendo sensei. The day began with mawari-geiko between the participants before Hirakawa-sensei gave a lecture. Hirakawa-sensei spoke about the importance of correct hasuji (cutting angle) and the eight different directions of cut in the Ono-ha Itto-ryu. He also said that seme shouldRead More →


By Simon Larsen Day 0: Food Loading When we were introduced to Jukendo I wondered if it was a cunning plan by a dastardly Frenchman to get revenge for the slurs I have spread about the Smelly French over the years… I may have also contemplated that I had inadvertently invited the Japanese military to line up and have a bit of stabby practice on my bloated carcase. We had been allowed to join a 3 day Jukendo (the All Japan Jukendo Instructors Seminar) seminar in Chiba. Much of the work organising our attendance was performed by Baptiste and I know he was busy organisingRead More →

Obituary Inoue Yoshihiko Sensei (井上義彦先生) 1928-2015  Philosopher, Historian, Author, Kendo Teacher  Inoue Hanshi died April 11th 2015.  He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Showa 52 (1977) 8th Dan Showa 62 (1987) Hanshi The Sensei believed deeply in the power of true Kendo to develop love, mutual respect and peace in the world. He spoke, and wrote of his experiences as a prison guard for death row prisoners. The conversations he had with men that only had a matter minutes left on this earth in many ways helped form his view on how to live. He also spoke,Read More →

This Dojo Files article originally appeared in Kendo World 4.4. In memory of Terry Holt-sensei we are reprinting the article here. Dojo Files: Mumeishi Dojo London Mumeishi Dojo 40th Anniversary By Michael Komoto In recent times, we take for granted the broad dissemination of kendo, popularization in modern culture, and the possibility of traveling and engaging in kendo in nearly any place in the world. However, it has not always been so, and in actuality, the history of kendo outside Japan is just a handful of decades. We all have much to be thankful for; thankful for the work and dedication of individuals and clubsRead More →