Category: Kendo Bogu

Kendo Equipment – the Mune

Amongst kendo equipment, one of the most distinctive parts is the do (胴). This protects your chest and stomach and is made from two main components: the curved plate that covers the stomach called the dodai (胴台), and the piece that covers the chest called the mune (胸). In this Read More

Don’t be afraid of Tsuki

Kendo is a budo with a great amount of depth.  At the moment, there are four fundamental datotsu-bui – strike zones: men, kote, do and tsuki. Tsuki is sometimes regarded as an “advanced” technique, something you need skill to pull off effectively and safely.  This is sometimes extrapolated into “you Read More

Thus Spoke Hayashi – Vol. 3

We have another interview with Hayashi-san, Tozando’s most senior kendoka. This time we explore his connection with Kendo and how it has changed the course of his life. So, what actually made you take up kendo? It was the summer of my first year in junior high. At that time Read More

An image of Tozando Kendo craftsman assembling Men mask

10 Things to Check When Buying Bogu

Buying bogu is often a daunting task, not only is it a significant investment, but information about it can be difficult to track down. This is the same for beginners and veterans alike. In this article we take a look at ten key things for you to check; either before Read More

Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan Hayashi demonstrating Kendo

Thus spoke Hayashi – Vol. 2

Evaluating budo equipment can be very difficult, especially as a newcomer to martial arts. We thought who better to ask than our resident kyoshi 7-dan Hayashi Sensei: he not only has a great understanding of his chosen art (kendo), but he also actively works in product development. Let’s take a Read More

Kendo Kote on the shelf

Prioritizing mobility has resulted in gloves that have higher injury risk Part 2

Correct Kendo Equipment Knowledge taught by Artisans Which is more suited for the glove-head – leather or Orizashi? Inside the glove, traditionally smoked deer skin has been used. For the glove-head, indigo-dyed deerskin or Orizashi can be used. There is also material called “yakko” which is a mixture of both. Read More

Prioritizing mobility has resulted in Kote that have higher injury risk Part 1

Correct Kendo Equipment Knowledge taught by Artisans Kote with low impact absorption not only hurt, but can cause serious injury. What are good quality Kendo kote? Many people will give answers like “You can move your wrists easily.”, “soft”, “easy to use” or “light”. Those are obviously points demanded by Read More

Tax-free Kendo Bogu Set, KURAMA

New Tax-free Kendo Bogu from Kendo-bogu.com: KURAMA

Change your Bogu. Improve your Kendo Suffering from painful strikes during training? Struggling to find armour that fits comfortably? Is your armour heavy and does it take forever to dry? Tired of paying for shipping, only to have to pay again for import tax? Don’t let these obstacles get in Read More

Hand-stitched Kendo Tare image

Kendo Equipment Knowledge – Too basic to ask: TARE

The tare prevents the shinai from striking the hips or in vital parts. Often when you try and strike the do you can miss and strike the hips. The tare absorbs the impact, and allows for safer practice. The tare consists of 3 big flaps called odare and 2 smaller Read More

Kendo Kote image(Tozando Tornado stitch Kote)

Kendo Equipment Knowledge – Too basic to ask: KOTE

The kote protects the hands and arms. It has a meticulous design in order to protect the hands against striking impact while allowing them to hold the shinai flexibly. The basic structure of the kote consists of the kote-gashira (fist cover), tenouchi (palm cover), , and the kote-tsutsu (wrist cover). Read More