UPDATE – The 4th Kendo World Keiko-kai

Dear Kendoka,

The 4th Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai that will be held at Meiji University’s Nakano Campus on Saturday August 8, 2015, is only five days away. We have had a few cancellations and seven places are still open, so if you’d like to attend, please contact us as soon as possible.

Like every year, we have invited several 8-dan and 7-dan sensei to attend. So far, the following sensei have confirmed that they will be attending.

K8-dan Nagao Susumu – Meiji University Vice-President
K8-dan Hirakawa Nobuo – Former Meiji University and Tokai University Kendo Instructor, Belgian National Team Coach
K8-dan Hayashi Nobuo – Hitotsubashi University Kendo Club Shihan
K8-dan Ono Michiya – Former FIK staff member
K7-dan Oya Minoru – International Budo University Professor, author of the Reidan Jichi articles in Kendo World
K7-dan Kokaze Akira – All Japan Kendo Federation Director

The day before the keiko-kai, the All Japan Jukendo Championships is being held at the Nippon Budokan. The All Japan Jukendo Federation is dispatching the following sensei to the keiko-kai.

H8-dan Sato Toru – Former Japan Self Defence Force
K7-dan Eto Keisuke – President, All Japan Jukendo Federation
K7-dan Nakajima Katsunao – Japan Self-Defence Force, Former All Japan Champion
K7-dan Urabe Seiji – Japan Self-Defence Force

Keiko will be from 10am-12pm. The first hour will be a chance for the participants to cross swords with each other. Also, Hirakawa-sensei will be doing some instruction. After that, the jukendo sensei will do a short demonstration of jukendo and tankendo.

For the second hour, the sensei will act as motodachi. The jukendo sensei will also act as motodachi so that participants will have the opportunity to do some isshu-jiai.

Once keiko has finished, sensei and participants will adjourn to the university lounge for food and drinks. There will be a raffle where you can win some great kendo-related prizes.

Once the party has finished at 2.30pm, it’s just a short walk to the English pub and beer garden where you can continue to discuss the finer points of kendo with the other participants and sensei over more liquid refreshments. If you still want to keep waxing lyrical about kendo, Shinjuku is just a short train ride away.

The 3rd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai held in 2014 turned out to be our biggest event to date with 53 participants from 24 countries. The Kendo World Team would love to see you again or meet you for the fist time!

If you would like to take part, please send an email to tokyokeikokai2015@kendo-world.com with your name, nationality, grade, affiliation (ie university, company etc.) and a contact number.

Date: Saturday August 8, 2015
Time: 10.00-12.00pm (keiko), 12.30-2.30pm (party)
Place: Meiji University’s Nakano Campus (4-21-1 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-852, near JR Nakano Station)
Price: 5,000yen

If you’re not sure about going, here are the reports of the previous keiko-kai.
1st, 2012
2nd, 2013
3rd 2014

All the best,

The Kendo World Team