Category: Budo Articles

Shinai craftsman shaving the bamboo stave to make Kendo Shinai

Should we specify the length of the shinai, made from natural materials, to the millimeter? Part 2

Correct Kendo Equipment Knowledge taught by Artisans Things users should understand in order to keep shinai making alive and fruitful for everyone As the quality of the materials deteriorate and orders become more specific, artisans are often forced to throw away bamboo that does not match the orders. This causes Read More

Image of Japanese sword with flaws

The Katana Kizu: A flaw of the Japanese Sword

Kizu is an evidence of repeated forging The Japanese sword’s main material is the tamahagane (steel made from iron or black sand). As it is forged repeatedly, there are cases where impurities are not completely removed or small mistakes during the forging and tempering process can cause kizu (flaws) in Read More

Kunitomo Tsubazeriai

National Players Showing their Worth and Underdogs Fighting Valiantly Part 2: Interviewing quarter-finalists from the 66th All Japan Championship

“I could have won with a little bit more study and creativity” Quarter-finalist Koki Maeda (Osaka, Osaka Police, 25) Last year he advanced to the quarter finals in his first appearance at the tournament, and he played in all the games for Japan in the group tournament at the World Read More

Aikido Enbu performance

Shoshin in Aikido

Stick to your original purpose to the last Seami, who spread No, a traditional Japanese art, left a lot of wonderful writings. A common saying in Japan “Do not forget your shoshin.” is attributed to Seami. “Indeed do not forget your shoshin; do not forget your shoshin in each moment, Read More

Ando Sho striking Men at the 66th All Japan Kendo championship

National Players Showing their Worth and Underdogs Fighting Valiantly Part 1: Interviewing third placed player from the 66th All Japan Championship

“I was aiming for the championship win, so I think I’m still a long way off” 3rd Place Sho Ando (Hokkaido, Hokkaido Police, 28) He had won the individuals at the World Championship and also played as taisho for the group matches and led Japan to the top. At the Read More

Should we specify the length of the shinai, made from natural materials, to the millimeter? Part 1

Correct Kendo Equipment Knowledge taught by Artisans You don’t make the shinai according to specific measurements Morishita Shozo-san points this out when referring to a blog entitled “A Teacher aiming to become a Kendo Athlete”. Morishita-san was born in a house of a judo wear sewer, but shifted to making Read More

Uchimura at 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship

Interview with Ryoichi Uchimura, 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship Finalist

2nd Place: Ryoichi Uchimura (Tokyo, Metropolitan Police, 38) At age 38 he achieved 2nd place, the same result as last year. He has three wins, and also 5 2nd place which is a record that has been renewed again (behind him are 8 players with 2 2nd place achievements). This Read More

Nishimura vs Ando at 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship

All Japan Championship Winner Interview Part 2: Nishimura Wins Back-to-Back, Claiming his Third Championship

Champion: Hidehisa Nishimura (Kumamoto, Kumamoto Police, 29) Nishimura, who had won the tournament last year, claim consecutive wins making it a total of 3 titles. 3 wins at the All Japan Championship is only surpassed by Masahiro Miyazaki’s 6-time feat, and is tied with Hitoshi Chiba, Kiyonori Nishikawa, and Ryoichi Read More

Nishimura Hidehisa, 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship winner receiving the trophy

All Japan Kendo Championship Winner Interview Part 1: Nishimura Wins Back-to-Back, Claiming his Third Championship

“You need to struggle more” – I was able to enjoy the match because of these words Champion: Hidehisa Nishimura (Kumamoto, Kumamoto Police, 29) Nishimura, who had won the tournament last year, claim consecutive wins making it a total of 3 titles. 3 wins at the All Japan Championship is Read More

Kokushikan University won All Japan University Kendo Championship 2012

Memorable Kendo Matches 13: Kokushukan University (2012 All Japan University Championship)

The greatest teams in history sees of rival to claim glory Kokushikan University boasts the most wins at the All Japan University Championships. Kokushikan is known as the top university producing countless famous kenshi, but the team in 2012 is said to be their strongest team yet. They had two Read More