Author: Tozando Editorial Staff

Hokkaido Police Kendo

Hokkaido Police 1: Asking Mitsuhiro Jishiro about the Way of Police Kendo

Recently, Hokkaido Police are threatening to dominance of the top 3 powerhouses of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Osaka Police, and Kanagawa Police. Hokkaido Police boats players like Mitsuhiro Jishiro and Sho Ando who have gained high standings at the All Japan Championship. What kind of training do they do at Read More

Ando Sho doing Kendo Keiko

Interview with Sho Ando, World Championship Winner Vol. 2

At the end of persisting with his own style of kendo Last September, you won both the individual and team games at the World Championship. Looking back now, what kind of tournament was it to you? The result was fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for better. But if I think Read More

World Kendo Champion, Ando Sho

Interview with Sho Ando, World Championship Winner Vol. 1

At the end of persisting with his own style of kendo Sho Ando (Hokkaido Police) achieved victory at the individual games at the 17th World Championship, and in the team games he saved Japan’s dignity as the taisho. From a young age he has practice and pursued an orthodox style Read More

Nishimura vs Ando at 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship

Interviewing Hidehisa Nishimura, All Japan Championship Winner Vol. 3

How much you can use your head to imagine the flow of the match Nishimura places importance on thinking about kendo outside of practice time. He studies through kendo magazines, and he reads books not only by kendo players but by athletes of all kinds of sport. He says he Read More

Brush painting of Musashi versus Yoshioka Seijuro

Yoshioka Seijuro: who did Musashi really fight?

“Miyamoto Musashi” is a novel written by Eiji Yoshikawa that was published as a serial by Asahi Shimbun from 1935 to 1939. Since then it was been made into movies, TV series, and comic books many times, making Musashi a legendary swordsman not only in Japan, but worldwide. As Musashi Read More

Bio-cleaning Kendo Men

Kendo Gear Maintenance Vol. 2: Treating your gear well is an important factor to learn in martial arts

Continuing on from the last edition, we asked Mr. Shoji Seki about kendo gear maintenance. What is the first thing someone who uses kendo gear should do for maintenance? Seki gives a clear answer. After sweating, they should dry it before using it again. They should hang it where there Read More

Hidehisa Nishimura in the final of 2017 All Japan Kendo Championship

Interviewing Hidehisa Nishimura, All Japan Championship Winner Vol. 2

How much you can use your head to imagine the flow of the match Nishimura entered Kyushu Gakuin High School in Kumamoto Prefecture. It was at a time when the school was rising a head above the rest and becoming an invincible team. The school came 3rd in the Inter-High Read More

Kimono-wearing Japanese lady greeting in a traditional Japanese room

Zanshin

In kyudo, there is a concept called the “8 Phases of Shooting”. This concept divides the movement for releasing the arrow into 8 phases; each phase has its own name. The last phase that brings the movements to a close is called “zanshin”. The kanji is usually written in mean Read More

Ando Sho at 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship

Interview with Sho Ando, World Championship Winner Vol. 3

At the end of persisting with his own style of kendo In your daily training doesn’t your desire to imagine real match situations in every practice and every stroke sometimes become weak? Sometimes when things don’t go well despite practicing hard, you lose motivation. But it’s all up to yourself, Read More

Spraying water on Kendo Men for maintenance

Kendo Gear Maintenance Vol. 1

Treating your gear well is an important factor to learn in martial arts In this series we introduce important tips related to the kendo gear (protective gear) all kenshi use daily. We asked Mr. Shoji Seki, who has been involved in the designing and sales of kendo gear for over Read More