Koryū and Seitei By Kim Taylor Is there anything in the kendo, iai or jō world more discussed than the difference between koryū and seitei? Even people who are not in the federation discuss the differences, so why not have one more go at it? We should get the definition out of the way first. “Koryū” means old school, but just how old is old? A popular dividing date is the Meiji Restoration (1868), and that is the one that I tend to use. 1868 is 145 years ago, a good long time, but more importantly, it stretches back to the age of the samurai,Read More →

Part 2: Iaido and Jodo in the Kendo Federation By Kim Taylor What is the position of iaido and jodo in the federation? Why are they there? From the kendo point of view, these arts are present to make better kendoka. If you read the early statements about the inclusion of iaido, you will see phrases like “Iaido and kendo are two wheels of a cart”. Of course shiai and the Nippon Kendo Kata are also two wheels of a cart and eventually I think we might be referring to an 18-wheeler, but never mind. Historically, the formal union of the three arts extends backRead More →


Judging an Iaido Tournament  By Jeff Broderick  Photos by Nancy James Most iaidoka will participate in tournaments at some point in their careers. If you are a beginner in iaido, you might want to join a tournament but not know exactly what points will be scrutinized. If you are an intermediate-ranked iaidoka, you may be called upon by your local federation to act as a judge. So what are the criteria to consider in a tournament? Basically, tournaments are judged according to the same criteria as gradings, with one important difference. In a grading, there is a minimum standard that all challengers must meet. DependingRead More →

Part 1: Structures By Kim Taylor  Welcome to the newly reformulated Kendo World website. This column will deal with topics concerning iaido and jodo, those two “other” arts in the kendo federation. What they are, and why they are in the federation we will leave for now, it’s likely of more use at the beginning to work out the mechanics of how these arts integrate with kendo. Any organization can be defined as its structure so let’s look at the layout of our kendo federations. In other words, who is in charge and where do my fees go? In most countries you will find anRead More →