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

The samurai ate much like everyone else, but not everything was on the menu.

Forbidden Food for Samurai

Nowadays, people usually eat three times a day, and we are strongly advised not to skip breakfast.  By the Meiji era, the three-meal-a-day custom was already in place, but during the Sengoku period two meals a day was the norm.  It was quite random, as sometimes there would only be 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

Youngsters to look out for and seasoned Kendo players who showed their class 2 – Interviewing Kenshi who fought hard from the 66th All Japan Championship

“My aim was the men when my opponent comes out. My goals was to win 6 times.” Shinichiro Hirano (Saitama, Saitama Police, 35) Round of 16 (3rd round) High grade kenshi who graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University and entered Saitama Police achieved his first appearance at the tournament at age Read More

Kendo player shouting for Kiai

Moving Beyond Beginner Level! Be mindful of Ki, the sword, and the body vol. 1

3 Important Factors for Gaining Ippon In a match, in order to gain an ippon or win the match, mind, sword and body must come together. It is important to make these things your own through daily training and practice. In this edition, I will explain these three separately. Ki Read More

Aso High School beating PL Gakuen in 1991 Kendo Inter High

Memorable Kendo Matches 14: “Izumi Magic” brings Aso High School to Win both Boys and Girls Team Games (1996 Inter High)

Winning the title by beating PL Gakuen (Osaka) who had a 4 year winning streak In 1991, Aso High School (Kumamoto) won the much coveted Inter High Girls team tournament for the first time, They defeated PL Gakuen (Osaka), who had been winning it 4 consecutive years until them. From Read More