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By Tyler Rothmar Originally published in Kendo World 3.4, 2007. Embedded in the ji-geiko style of many kendo Sensei are unique behavioural codes, most of which are widely understood by experienced kendōka. These signals are by no means easily interpretable to the uninformed spectator, and are often downright baffling to foreign kendōka who are in the initial stages of development. Ji-geiko is by definition ‘free sparring’, an opportunity to use the techniques you have been practising in an open bout against an opponent. As there are no shimpan, the senior student will often guide the direction of the match; in cases where opponents are evenlyRead More →

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By Chiba Masashi (Kendo Hanshi 8-dan) Translated by Alex Bennett. Originally published in Kendo World 4.3 Chiba Masashi Sensei is well-known throughout Japan as a jōdan fighter. He won the All Japan Kendo Championship three times and was runner-up twice, as well as placing highly in many other prestigious titles. He is currently Honourary Shihan for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and Hitotsubashi University.  It is important to be able to do your own kendo in shiai. In order to do this, you need the ability to take charge of the situation. This means that you have to know how to deal with the manyRead More →

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Shiai Attitude By Ron Fox Sanpo-mamori—the three point block. Is it good for kendo, bad for kendo, or neutral? I think it’s important to see that action for what it is, rather than to evaluate it in isolation. Specifically, sanpo-mamori indicates a kendo mindset of trying not to lose rather than trying to win. If only for that moment. For me, that mindset that does not reflect the ideals of kendo. Raised as I was in the tradition that success in kendo is so much more than just victory in competition, I feel obligated to fight to win rather than to avoid losing. An opponent’sRead More →

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Results! The Kendo World 16th WKC Special Issue included the pictures of 50 notable competitors from previous WKC, and even the World Goodwill Kendo Match in 1967. Whoever could guess the identities of the competitors would win a set of exclusive Kendo World kote. Well, the results have been tallied, and the winner has been decided. Ishikawa Masami of Hachioji, Tokyo, is the competition winner by guessing 41 of the 50 competitors correctly, the most correct answers of all the entrants. Congratulations to you! The Kendo World kote will be on their way to you very soon. Five runners up have also been notified andRead More →

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“Yah” – “Toh” – Thoughts on Kata By Ron Fox “Yah” – “Toh”. Bokken whistling through the air. It’s kata practice time. Step back in time with me, a couple of generations or so. Izui-sensei and Matsumoto-sensei, two instructors that for years were pillars of kendo in the Midwest U.S. They were sensei at Chicago kendo dojo, then located at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. “When I tested for shodan“, Izui-sensei once told me, “we used shinken for kata and in ippon-me when the shidachi finished their cut some of the uchidachi’s hair had to …” Izui-sensei made a motion in front of his faceRead More →