I remember doing everything he taught me just as he had said to and that even now I continue to practice those things today.
Sekiya Takehisa (Aichi) “I Practiced so that I was prepared to be struck – prepared to throw myself away for that one opportunity.” The first thing is patience. In my first shinsa I had no patience and struck when there was no opportunity. I would either miss the datotsu-bui (strike Read More
When it comes to kendo and its development, it is difficult to point towards a definitive “father” of kendo. Naito Takaharu and Takano Sasaburo are often given such praise. It goes without saying that modern kendo would likely be a very different activity if not for their influence (if it Read More
Katsuno Shintaro (Aichi Prefecture) I was taught that “you must show each other the best of yourselves” and to care for the harmony between yourself and your opponent. I recently was able to pass on my 10th attempt. As this examination is a great milestone for myself, I did not Read More
Shirota Masayuki (Saitama Prefecture) Take great care to control your physical health. It was after 9 years and 17 attempts from when I had first began taking the exam. The first few times I took it I tried not to be too conscious of it. I just cleared my mind Read More
On the night of July 8th, 1864, a stream of white and light blue haori jackets emblazoned with the kanji 誠 (Honesty) moved toward the Ikedaya Inn. It was situated just east of the famous Sanjo Bridge in the heart of Kyoto and these were the jackets of the famous Read More
These are MUST-VISIT places for Budoka Not only in kendo, but in any contest are decided not just on raw ability. “Luck” can also play an important part. There is a saying “do your best, and leave the rest to Providence.” In order to win, the basic idea is to Read More
The Tare- If the Tare-obi is thin or narrow it will burden your back The thickness and stuffing You may think that if a tare is thin then you could tie it tightly to make a good fit. As it is not struck as often as the men or kote, Read More