Kendo World 8.2 Synopsis

8.2仮Ladies and gentlemen, the finishing touches to Kendo World 8.2 are now being made and it should be ready for sale very soon. To whet your appetite, here is a synopsis of the content.

Kendo World 8.2 Synopsis

Editorial
By Alex Bennett
In the Editorial, Alex joyfully describes his brand new set of premium handmade bogu that took several years to make and cost the same as a medium-sized car, but he also laments on the state of bogu production in Japan as there are now no artisans left in Japan who can make a complete set of bogu from scratch. In order to try and preserve the craft, Kendo World is lobbying the All Japan Kendo Federation to get the last remaining craftsmen designated as National Living Treasures.

The 14th All Japan Invitational 8-dan Kendo Tournament
By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
A report on the 14th All Japan Invitational Kendo Tournament which was won by Kanagawa’s K8-dan Miyazaki Masahiro.

UTS Kendo Seminar: An Interview with Takanabe Susumu and Wako Daisuke
By Clement Guo
Former two-time All Japan Champion and World Champion Takanabe Susumu and All Japan Championship runner-up Wako Daisuke visited UTS Kendo Club in Sydney in December 2015 to hold a seminar. During the seminar they sat down with Clement Guo for a interview and discussed their thoughts on kendo and participating in competitions.

Kendo – Part 2
By Takano Sasaburō
Translated and annotated by Alex Bennett
It’s a bit difficult to know where to begin when discussing Takano Sasaburō’s contributions to kendo. He was instrumental in developing the dan grading system for kendo, and was also a key member in the committee that created the Nihon Kendo Kata in 1912. His book simply titled Kendō was a tour de force in the creation of a uniform style for modern kendo, and is still considered a classic book by kendoka today. This series of articles will translate Takano’s book and the text will be annotated to contextualize its ground-breaking content. This issue of Kendo World will feature Chapter 2 which is divided into the following sections: The Objective of Kendo in Education; Teaching Content and Apportioning; Assessment; Kendo Equipment; Grading System.

Kendo for Adults Part 4: The Importance of Kirikaeshi for Mature Practitioners
By Hatano Toshio
Translated by Alex Bennett
In this issue, Hatano-sensei explains the importance of kirikaeshi and its benefits.

Uncle Kotay’s Kendo Korner – Part2: the pleats in the hakama
By Uncle Kotay
Kendo sage Uncle Kotay dishes out kendo wisdom. In this installment he talks about the meaning of the pleats in kendo hakama.

Kendo From Basics
By Kendo Kyoshi 8-dan Hirakawa Nobuo
Translated by Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
Hirakawa Nobuo-sensei’s Kendo From Basics was origi­nally published in 1993. It proved to be very popular and went through several printings in the original Japanese. Chinese and Korean language translations have also been made, and now, Kendo World has translated it into English and is hoping to publish it in 2016. As a preview, this edition of Kendo World features a section on “Creating a debana striking opportunity” from the Applied Techniques chapter.

Reidan Jichi
By Ōya Minoru
Translated by Alex Bennett
In this edition of Reidan Jichi, Ōya-sensei examines hiki-waza.

sWords of Wisdom
By Alex Bennett
Based on the book Kenshi no meigon by Tobe Shinjūrō
“Geisha no kokoro sutetsubeshi” – Discard the mind of artistry… Ichiun hailed from Aizu. He had aspirations of becoming a physician, but was also an aficionado of the martial arts. When he was 27 or 28 years of age, he became a disciple of Harigaya Sekiun. Ichiun studied the “Sword of the Non-Abiding Mind” under Sekiun and for five years, Ichiun applied himself to his studies. When he felt he had learned the inner secrets, he challenged his master to three bouts. Each one ended in “ai-nuke”, in which both “passed through” unscathed. Sekiun rewarded him with a scroll of mastery.

The Life of Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu
By Jack James
During the Muromachi period (1333–1573) lived a man who would go on to change the art of swordsmanship forever. The legacy Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu left has survived nearly half a millennium. Using many original Japanese sources, Jack James has compiled what he believes to be the most detailed and accurate account of Hayashizaki’s life in the English language, condensed into one article.

Kendo: Culture of the Sword by Alexander C. Bennett
Review by Antony Cundy
Antony Cundy reviews Alex Bennett’s history of the art of kendo.

Rene van Amersfoort: Jodo 8-dan
By Jeff Broderick
Kendo World staffer, Jeff Broderick, interviews Rene van Amersfoort, the first non-Japanese to pass the 8-dan examination in jodo.

Bujutsu Jargon #9
By Bruce Flanagan
A reference guide covering various bujutsu-related terminology. This installment features “heihō”, “gungaku”, “kamiza”, “kamidana”, “katsujin-ken”, “iai”, and “on-yō”.

A Guide to Japanese Armour – NEW SERIES!
By Jo Anseeuw
Jo Anseeuw from the Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armour introduces a kabuto (helmet) made by Joshū-jū Saotome Iechika from the Saotome school. Together with some stunning photographs of this kabuto, Jo explains its history and some of the techniques used to make it.

The Shugyo Mind: Part 2
By Alex Bennett
In this series, Alex Bennett discusses important concepts and ideas in kendo training. The second article highlights the importance of one’s motivation for training. “Training because you ‘want to’, and training because you ‘have to’ are completely different in quality and meaning…”

The Rokudan Road
By Sue Lytollis
NZ coach Sue Lytollis takes us through how she prepared for her successful 6-dan grading in Tokyo after the WKC in 2015. Some great tips to be had!

Kendo Teachings
By Hanshi 8-dan Iwadate Saburo
Translated by Seiya Takubo
This article consists of two sections: Points to be Aware of in a Dan examination; and Points for Instruction. These are “…instructional points collated by Hanshi 8-dan Iwadate Saburō from lessons given by Takano Sasaburō-sensei, and other associated sensei, at the Shūdōgakuin Takano Dōjō between 1936 and 1941. This information then formed the basis of a lecture given by Iwadate-sensei in October 2015 at the Shūdōkai kendo club in Inage City, Chiba prefecture.

Hagakure and the Ideal of Preparedness
By Alex Bennett
The previous article discussed the idea of “zanshin”—literally “lingering mind”—as the mental and physical state of constant alertness. This article will look at how Hagakure describes another ideal mindset in the daily life of the samurai. Quite simply, it was to always be prepared for the worst.

K8-dan Roberto Kishikawa-sensei’s Kendo Seminar in Sao Carlos, Brazil
By
Carolina Akemi Martins Morita, Gil Vicente Nagai Lourenção, Kenji Nakahara Rocha and Yashiro Yamamoto
This is a report of a seminar that took place between November 21 and 28, 2015, in São Carlos in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. It was Roberto Kishikawa-sensei’s first invitation to teach in Brazil after obtaining his 8-dan in Japan in November 2013. During the first weekend, about 140 kenshi from 12 dojo around Brazil were given the opportunity to learn from and talk to him. During the following week, he visited some other dojo in Campinas, a city near São Carlos, and São Paulo city at the Kishikawa family dojo, where he conducted seminars for practitioners in the state of São Paulo.

Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Riai: The Meaning of the Kata: Part 4
By Kim Taylor
In the fourth article in this series, Kim Taylor discusses the basics of the Eishin-ryū with a focus on the third level, Oku Iai.

Dojo Files: 50 Years of Nenriki Dojo, London, UK
By Victor Harris
A report on the long history of Nenriki Dojo and details of its 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Average Rank for a Dojo
By Kurt Schmucker
Kurt Schmucker breaks out the mathematics to find a way in which to calculate the average rank of a dojo.

The Dual Path of Sword and Brush: The William de Lange Interview
By Jeff Broderick
Over the past few years, William de Lange has made a great contribution to the body of English-language historical materials with numerous books including his biography Miyamoto Musashi: A Life in Arms and his translations of Japanese source materials in Origins of a Legend: Real Musashi I, II, & III (published by Floating World Editions). The following interview was conducted by e-mail with Mr. de Lange from his home.

Shinai Saga: The Secret of My School
By Charlie Kondek
A disciple tends to his master the evening before a duel.

Inishie wo Kangaeru – A Look at Some of the Old Teachings in Kendo
By Alex Bennett
Heihō wa jutsu ni arazu michi nari” (Heihō is not an art, it is a Way; Miyamoto Musashi)
This installment focuses on the word heihō and the concept of the “Way”. Heihō, also known as hyōhō, originally meant the study of weapons and military science and strategy, but over time changed to mean martial arts in general, and later on swordsmanship in particular. Way (michi) in general terms refers to a way or ethos for living one’s life, but also has a profoundly deep philosophical aspect. In the ancient Chinese  Confucian text Zhōng yōng (Doctrine of the Mean), it is stated, “What Heaven confers is called ‘nature’. Accordance with this nature is called the Way. Cultivating the Way is called ‘education’.”