Category: Products

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

VIXIA: Taking Synthetic Kendo Uniforms One Step Further

VIXIA: Taking Synthetic Kendo Uniforms One Step Further

What comes to mind when you think about synthetic Kendo gi and hakama? They are fairly light, but the colours are dull, and they don’t look dignified. Even though they’re light, you still sweat a lot and the fabric sticks to your skin. They are supposed to be easy to Read More

Danryu Koshirae coiled dragon motif Iaito sword

The new Iaito sword with noble Danryu dragon from Tozando

In Japan, various patterns involving the mythical creature of the dragon have been used since ancient times. In particular coiled dragons known as “Danryu” have been prized as patterns on items like plates and vases for the nobility since long ago. It is said dragons possess a mysterious power and Read More

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

Iaito sword inspection by Tozando Iaito craftsman

The Correct Way to Maintain Your Iaito Sword

In this article we take a look at how to take care of your iaito and keep it in good condition. Caring for your equipment is an important part of budo after-all! The iaito is a sword designed specifically for practicing iaido and uses an alloy blade instead of a 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