The Kendo World 16th WKC Special Issue

The Kendo World 16th World Kendo Championships Special Issue


Ladies and Gentlemen, the Kendo World Team is pleased to announce the content of our upcoming 16th WKC Special Issue. On sale from the Kendo World shop at the Nippon Budokan during the 16th WKC, this issue is crammed full of great content about the WKC past and present.

Judging the Judges and “Gross Spectators”
By Alex Bennett
This article looks at the expectations and pressures of being a shinpan and discusses what should be a spectator’s ideal behaviour.

Whence art we?
By Alex Bennett
Alex Bennett looks at the history of the 16th WKC’s venue: The Nippon Budokan.

The Kendo World (Far too Brief) Guide to Tokyo
By the KW Team

If you’re looking for some great spots to visit while in Tokyo, there’re some great cultural and fun recommendations in this guide. If you’re not visiting for the 16th WKC, use this guide to plan your trip here in the future.

The Not-So-Well-Known History of International Kendo Competitions
By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
The 1st WKC was held in 1970 at the Nippon Budokan. However, there are some international kendo competitions that predate that tournament. In this article, Michael Ishimatsu-Prime looks at those tournaments that played an important role in the early days of the internationalisation of kendo. This article contains many great photos of kendo from the 1960s.

History of the 1st-15th WKC
By Alex Bennett and Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
This is a digest of all the previous WKC. Not only do these articles contain trivia and pictures from all the WKC to date, they also feature the tournament ladders, with results, from either the best-8 or best-16 rounds onwards in both the men’s and women’s team and individual competitions.

Reviewing the History and Challenges of Women’s Participation at the WKC
By Kate Sylvester
The women’s competition has only been official since the 12th WKC in Glasgow, 2003. In this article, Kate Sylvester looks at the history of women’s participation in the WKC, which actually goes back to before 2003, and looks at some of the issues that women face in kendo today.

The 11th WKC
By Jeffrey Marsten
Jeffrey Marsten was one of the organisers of the 11th WKC held in Santa Clara in 2000. He writes about the process of organising a WKC and some of the challenges that it involves.

Recollections of Organising a WKC
By Paul Budden
Paul Budden was on the organising committee of the 12th WKC held in Glasgow in 2003. He writes about the process of organising a WKC and some of the challenges that it involves.

An Examination of Yūkō-datotsu Scored at the 15th World Kendo Championships in Italy
By Mutō Ken’ichirō, et al
In this excellent piece of research, Mutō Ken’ichirō and his colleagues analyse the yūkō-datotsu scored by the countries that finished in the best-8 of the 15th WKC in Novara, 2012. From this, they are able to ascertain the trends in kendo in the countries and zones throughout the world. Surprisingly, this is the first piece of published research that examines this topic.

The WKC in Graphs
By Yulin Zhuang and Michael Ishimatsu-Prime
Graphs and tables represent participation, best-8 finishers and the percentages of men and women taking part in the WKC to date.

The Kendo World WKC Guess Who!
Is your kendo knowledge up to scratch? Do you know who many of the previous WKC competitors are? If the answer is yes, then you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of Kendo World Original Kote or Zinio editions of Kendo World. All you have to do is give us the names of the 50 WKC competitors that we have selected.

This issue is priced at 2,000yen. Zinio ebook and POD editions will be made available to those who cannot purchase them at the Nippon Budokan during the WKC.


  1. Gents,
    I would love a printed copy to add to my collection of
    Kendo World mags. Please let me know how i may purchase
    a copy.
    Much Thanks
    Damian Santiago

  2. Gents,

    I would love to purchase a copy of this special issue of
    Kendo World to add to my collection. Please let me know
    how i may do that.

    Much Thanks
    Damian Santiago

  3. Author

    Hi Damian,
    Thank you for your support of Kendo World.
    The special edition will be available on printed P.O.D. format after the WKC. Please keep checking the homepage and the Facebook account for details.
    All the best,

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