Category: Kendo

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

Where did your fascination with budo come from?

We have another of our essay contest winning entries to kick off this week. In this article Arash explores how his connection to Japanese budo developed and also shows how it now manifests in his sons. We all have our own experiences with discovering budo, but many of us did it alone.

Kendo practice Keiko in the sunset

Tozando 2019 Essay contest Winner: Kendo as a way of life is hard

This article by Mihai Dutescu takes a look at the objectives of kendo and why we should embrace the difficulty that lies ahead on our chosen path. Kendo as a way of life is hard Choosing to practice kendo as a way of life as opposed to only a sport Read More

Hayashi Takahiro Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan

Thus Spoke Hayashi

I have also learned to put more weight on the mental side of the game Hayashi-san, you taking Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan while still being in your 30s without once failing an examination. How do you feel about it now? Well, previously I was thinking primarily about my own kendo, but Read More

Image of Kendo player hitting Do

Tozando 2019 Essay Contest Winner: Olympics and Budo – a Questionable Mix

This article by Tyler Duffield explores the interesting relationship between Japanese budo and the Olympics. The Olympics and Budo: a Questionable Mix With the coming inclusion of Karate in the 2020 Tokyo Games, it is timely to pause and think about the effect of Olympic inclusion on Judo, possible ramifications Read More

Kendo match in Kyushu

This is why Kyushu is strong at Kendo!

Kyushu – the Land of Kendo Powerhouses Kendo is a martial art that has been practiced all over the country since old times. People who have some knowledge o kendo would know that Kyushu, out of all regions, is particularly renowned for producing famous kenshi. When you look at all Read More

Moving Beyond Beginner Level! Be mindful of Ki, the sword, and the body Vol. 2

Moving Beyond Beginner Level! Be mindful of the Ki, the sword, and the body vol. 2

Maai In the second article, let’s talk about the sword, which relates to skill. The “sword” is about fully exhibiting everything that you have acquired through your daily training. This is where the fruits of your daily training are tested. You also need the insight to judge your opponent’s skill, Read More

Youngsters to look out for and seasoned Kendo players who showed their class 3 – Interviewing Kenshi who fought hard from the 66th All Japan Championship

I feel like the current me is stronger than the me last year Kyohei Hayashida (Fukui, teacher, 24) 2nd round During his years at Tsukuba university, he experienced being Japanese champion in both individual and team tournaments. Last year, 2 years after graduation, he entered the main tournament of the Read More

Mizuki Matsumoto at the Kendo World Championship in 2015

Memorable Kendo Matches 15: The only Japanese Player to Win against Korean Players: Mizuki Matsumoto (2015 Kendo World Championship)

Matsumoto’s brilliant performance helps Japan see off advancing rivals It was the first time in 18 years that the World Champs were held in Japan, and the 16th edition played at the Nihon Budokan saw Japan and South Korea fight to the death. The rivalry between the two nations was Read More