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A-1 Alpha 5mm BioCLEAN Hygienic Kendo Bogu Set

A-1 Alpha picks up from where our A-1 leaves off. Light, easy to use and optimized for training These are the concepts that the legendary A-1 Series Bogu were built upon. As a collaboration between Tozando and Kanagawa Hakkodo, the A-1 concept was further refined and the new A-1 Alpha Read More

Kendo Keiko training at Kyoto Butokuden

Will your Kendo Keiko defeat you?

Kendo is tough – there is no escaping it. Your keiko demands a lot of you and doesn’t let up. Of course not all keiko are alike and some places are easier than others, but the very nature of Kendo is self-improvement and the results of your jigeiko are unambiguous. Read More

Bennett and Hayashi - 2 Kendo Kyoshi

Two Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan Talk About Kendo Part 4

Takahiro Hayashi – born in 1978, from Shiga. He has never failed a promotion exam and became the youngest person at age 35 to reach 7th dan. Works at Tozando. Alec Bennet – born in 1970, from New Zealand. Chief editor of magazine Kendo World, Professor at Kansai University. H: Read More

Naginata and Tozando Tornado Kote

Tornado Stitch Naginata Kote

Even in Japan, Naginata is still a developing art, with practitioners number far removed from those of Judo or Kendo. Oversea, while spreading across countries for more than 30 years now, numbers are still small. Frequently labelled as a feminine art, only the recent years are seeing a surge in Read More

MICHI - No. 1 Selling Kendo Kote in Japan

MICHI – The No. 1 Selling Kendo Kote in Japan

The “MICHI” model is a light weight, easy to use Kote with great durability and impact absorption, at a very competitive price! By using a new type of padding, we have been able to produce a extremely lightweight, yet thicker and more protective type of Futon for this Kote. Thanks Read More

Tokuren ZX Gold - 6mm Tight Cross-stitch Lightweight Jissengata Kendo Bogu Set

Tokuren ZX Gold – What else can you do to win?

What else can you do to win? This Tokuren® ZX Gold Bogu Set is the evolution of our popular Tokuren® X Bogu set, made especially with Shiai in mind. It’s lightweight yet protective, featuring 6mm Tight Cross-stitch stitching. The Tight Cross-stitch and the new padding inside the Futon gives this Read More

All-time Classic Tozando Deluxe Polyester Aikido Hakama

Making the best Aikido Hakama for more than 20 years

This Tozando Polyester Aikido Hakama is made with 100% polyester which is extra smooth and soft with a cashmere-like luster. The Hakama is durable, safe and beautifully tailored, so that you can perform at your best without worrying about the details. The best Aikido Hakama ever! – Stanley Pranin Tozando Read More

Gemon Koshirae Iaito Sword

Tozando’s new Iaito sword with verse of Buddhist gatha

Gemon is buddhist gatha and this Gemon Koshirae features the verse of gatha that Buddha once said to his principle disciple Mahakasyap. It reads “HO WA MOTO HO TO SHITE MUO NARI, MUHO MO HO TO SHITE MATA HO NARI“, literally meaning that the laws of Dharma were initially not Read More

Iron Sword Wood - Tagayasan

A story about wood as hard as iron – know from bokken

For bokken, people from old time have always preferred heavy, hard wood. The oak tree, the distylium racemosum (isunoki), and the loquat tree are among the wood favored by swordsmen, but among them are wood that was said to be as hard as iron. One is called tetsuboku (iron wood) Read More

Repairing Kendo Shinai's Splits

What do you do with splits in your shinai? Fixing your shinai is actually quite easy!

When the cold and dry weather drags, on, the shinai become more vulnerable to splits. When you keep training with a shinai that has splits it can be incredibly dangerous. You can get splinters in your fingers or in your eye, and there has even been a reported case of Read More