Category: Kendo

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

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

Nishimura Hidehisa teaching Kendo to kids at Tozando Kendo Renseikai 2018

Interviewing Hidehisa Nishimura, All Japan Championship Winner Vol. 1

How much you can use your head to imagine the flow of the match Winning the 2018 All Japan Championship to claim 2 consecutive championships, Hidehisa Nishimura (Kumamoto) was crowned champion for the 3rd time overall. In the history of the 66-edition tournament, he is the 4th person to win Read More

Matsuzaki Kenshiro, the 2nd place winner for the 67th All Japan Kendo Championship

“Defeated today, but…” Interviewing those who missed out on winning the 67th All Japan Kendo Championship Vol. 1

Because of the repair work going on at the Nihon Budokan, the All Japan Championship was held in Osaka for the first time in 67 editions. As 64 players take stage, only one gets the last laugh. 63 players are destined for a disappointed departure at same stage of the Read More