Category: Kendo

2019 All Japan Kendo Champion, Kunitomo Rentaro

Interview With Rentaro Kunitomo, The 67th All Japan Kendo Championship Winner Vol.1

It was really “third time lucky” for Rentaro Kunitomo who won the All Japan Championship. 5 years ago, he entered the Championship for the first time and came 2nd, and two years later he also achieved 2nd. He kept challenging for the title, and he finally reached the summit on Read More

Two Kendo players facing each other

Budo’s “maai” and “zanshin” can make for smooth communication with others

I’m sure the Budo practitioners know how “maai”(gap, space) is important in Budo. There is an appropriate maai between you and your opponent during the fight. Being too close or too far apart is no good. “Maai” is the correct distance between you and your opponent. People who excel in Read More

Tozando Kendo player holding Shinai with Jodan Kamae

Asking a Jodan Kenshi

Jodan is known as the “stance of fire” or the “stance of heaven” and it is the first of the kamae (stance) you learn in the Nihon Kendo Kata. It is an aggressive posture and requires not only a lot of arm strength, but also courage and dignity. We asked Read More

Takahashi Hideaki won 2000 World Kendo Championship

Memorable Kendo Matches 19: Hideaki Takahashi (2000, 11th World Kendo Championship)

Taisho match with both teams tied, a fully spirited move grabs the victory. Takahashi fought to erase the pain of the past defeat and overcome a tricky situation The 11th World Kendo Championship, men’s team games, held in Santa Clara, California in the United States, saw an intense encounter earlier Read More

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

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

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