Kendo kids wearing Bogu set to prepare Kaiko

Moving Beyond Beginner Level! Be mindful of the air, the sword, and the body vol. 3

Master Kendo Step The last of the 3 factors is the “body”. This refers to the position and footwork as you pull out the moves of men, kote, do, and tsuki. Especially your foot is very important in your position, posture, and movement. How to use your foot in stepping Read More

Toda Tadao receiving his winning trophy at All Japan Kendo Championship

Memorable Kendo Matches 18: Tadao Toda(1962 and 1964 All Japan Kendo Championship)

Corporate Kenshi who pioneered the “jodan-boom”. In his later years he became the pioneer leading kenshi with the double sword. In only his second year as a company kenshi, as the Post-War competitive Kendo scene was established, he fought his way straight to the top! It was Toda Tadao who Read More

Kendo practitioner and Rugby player

Rugby and Kendo

Japanese National Rugby Player, selected for the World Cup, has succeeded through applying the concept of “maai” that he learned through kendo. The 2019 Rugby World Cup, hosted by Japan, was a great success with the whole country enlivened by the event. This was a historical event for the Japanese Read More

Bringing Sasaki Kojiro’s Sword to Life – Part 3

This is the final part of our series on Sasaki Kojiro and his latest depiction in the film Musashi, as well as the sword that was made specially for the actor Matsudaira Ken to use in his protrayal. If you haven’t read them already, then check out Part 1 and Read More

Bringing Sasaki Kojiro’s Sword to Life – Part 2

We continue our previous article concerning Sasaki Kojiro’s infamous long sword the Monohoshizao and how it was brought to life for the silver screen in Mikami Yasuo’s ‘Musashi’. Previously our chairman Kimura Takahiko and famous jidaigeki actor Matsudaira Ken discussed the character of Sasaki and what it was like portraying Read More

New Shinai Preview – Katana Grip

A brand new style of shinai handle on the horizon! Inspired by the katana, that the shinai originally represents, it features an asymmetric design that gives you great awareness of the position of your shinai as well providing an extremely comfortable foundation for your kamae (posture). As part of the Read More

Bringing Sasaki Kojiro’s Sword to Life – Part 1

In the recent Movie “Musashi” by Mikami Yasuo, the famous jidaigeki actor Ken Matsudaira plays Sasaki Kojiro – Musashi’s infamous final nemesis. In this article Takahiko Kimura, Tozando’s chairman, discusses with Matsudaira about his role and the development of his signature weapon – the “Monohoshizao” (known affectionately as the laundry Read More

Budo and the Self

In this article – Stefania, one of the member’s of our International Team who is only just starting Iaido, shares her perceptions of Japanese martial arts and what has impressed her so far. Budo (Japanese martial arts) and spirituality. That’s a topic that has been in my mind for a Read More

Equipment Spotlight: High Vision Mengane

In this week’s spotlight, we are taking a look at (and through) a brand new mengane. In particular, our brand-new High Vision Mengane which we recently developed. For those that don’t know, the mengane is the metal grill that protects the front of your face in a kendo men. Not Read More