Category: Kendo

Being true to your Sword

– Though we use iaitō, bokutō and shinai; we must never forget that these are swords – Iaido and kendo are both budō that place a strong emphasis on manners and etiquette – not only to our partners, but also the spaces within which we practice and to opponents who are Read More

2007 World Kendo Championship in Glasgow

Memorable Kendo Matches 4: Naoki Eiga (2003 World Championship)

– World’s Top Tsuki Strike which Defended the Japanese Crown – The 12th World Championship Team final between Japan and South Korea continued on until the daihyo match. It was the 6th year running that the two neighbors met in the final, and the last two editions had gone on Read More

The 10th World Kendo Championship in Kyoto

Memorable Kendo Matches 3: Masahiro Miyazaki (1997 World Championship)

The World Championship was held in Japan – the first time in 6 editions and 18 years. The 10th World Championship at Kyoto was the beginning of the fierce rivalry between Japan and South Korea. For the first time in the history of the competition, the team games were divided 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

Kurashiki High School Kendo Club team

Memorable Kendo Matches 2: Kurashiki High School (2000, Gyokuryuki High School Championship)

The underdogs who turned the impossible into reality The Second Far-away Winner of the Gyokuryuki The last Gyokuryuki High School Kendo Championship (men’s edition) of the 20th Century was won by the underdog of all underdogs, Kurashiki High School (Okayama). Kurashiki had only made it to the inter-high team championship Read More

Kendo player with polygon framents image

4 Easy Muscle Training for Winning Ippon

Practical Training to Incorporate in Kendo Practice Muscle Training has struggled to become a regular part of kendo training. There is a traditional mindset that thinks you only need to work diligently on your regular training, and also the thought that in kendo you do not need to rely on Read More

Tozando's brandnew Kendo Shinai

Brandnew Kendo Shinai from Tozando!

Tozando proudly introduces the brandnew Kendo Shinai and let’s take a look at the new arrivals and see what sets them apart from the rest. First up we have the Tokuren. This shinai is unmistakeable with its completely straight and slim profile. Made from four dense staves of madake bamboo Read More

Yuya Takenouchi, a winner of 2014 All Japan Kendo Championship

Memorable Kendo Matches: Yuya Takenouchi (2014 All Japan Championship)

Student kenshi who changed the air in the kendo world Renewing youngest winner record that stood for half a century The 2014 All Japan Championship saw a finale that no one would have picked. It was Yuya Takenouch, 3rd year student at Tsukuba University, who stood above all. It was Read More

Mastering the Manners and Aiming for Beautiful Kendo

There are all kinds of sports in our world, but a big difference between kendo and other sports it the approach toward “manners”. Many people have the image that if you take up kendo you will learn good manners,. Why is kendo so strict on manners? Here I will write Read More

Important Factors in Winning – Concentration and Intuition

In order to win and achieve good results in sports, there are important areas other than physical abilities like strength and skill. Specifically, “concentration” and “intuition” play a key part. But unlike physical abilities, these are not measurable. How can we train ourselves in these areas? It is very important Read More