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The Hamon of the Japanese Sword – An Artistic Pattern That Reveals the Aesthetic Sense of The Swordsmith

Even those seeing a Japanese sword for the first time are captivated by the vividness of the hamon (blade pattern). The hamon refers to the part that is tempered with extra heat, so it is actual proof that the sword went through the tempering process. The swordsmiths could simply stretch Read More

Takachiho High School Kendo Club at Gyokuryuki Taikai

Memorable Kendo Matches 9: Yuichi Kono (1987 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

Victorious in Historical High School Kendo Rivalry In 1986, PL Gakuen (Osaka) won the Gyokuryuki boys with fine performances from 2nd grader Takahiro Nabeyama. They were seeking back to back titles the following year with Nabeyama as their key player. Facing PL in the final was Takachiho (Miyazaki), who had Read More

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Kitae-Hada: The testimony of the Japanese Sword that does not break or bend and cuts well

The blade of the Japanese sword is made by heating the tamahagane (steel for making swords) to high temperature then hitting it flat with a mallet. They use a chisel to create the rift in the blades, fold it, then hit it again with a mallet. This process is repeated Read More

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The Relationship Between Kendo and Iaido

Kendo was born in the mid Edo period as a martial art using the shinai and protective equipment, and continues to this day earning as much popularity as to host international competitions. There is another martial art involving the sword called iaido, and in thi edition I would like to Read More

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3 Methods to Train Your Concentration in Kendo in Just 3 Minutes!

In any sport, it is important to maintain a high level of concentration in order to win. How about in kendo? As you are constantly battling close with your opponent in a short match time, if you lose one moment of concentration you will expose yourself to the opponent. In Read More

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Memorable Kendo Matches 8: PL Gakuen High School (1982 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

The Gyokuryuki crosses the Kaimon strainght for the first time PL Gakuen, located in Osaka, won the inter high games (boys) in 1972 for the first time, and has won it 7 times in total. Especially between 1975-1985 it was considered one of the two top kendo schools along with Read More

Sori – The Curve that Captures the Sharpness and Beauty of the Japanese Sword

Sori – The Curve that Captures the Sharpness and Beauty of the Japanese Sword

As mentioned in the article about the craftsmanship of the Japanese sword, the Japanese sword was originally a straight sword with no curve at all, and was used for purposes of striking, plunging, and stabbing. As the methods of battle evolved, the function of chopping down became more common. The Read More

Kendo Powerhouse: Kyoto Uzumasa Boys – Practical Training that can be Used in Matches Straightaway

Kendo Powerhouse: Kyoto Uzumasa Boys – Practical Training that can be Used in Matches Straightaway 2

Counter Techniques They spend a lot of time practicing counter techniques. In addition to the usual counter technique practices, they have a practice where all stand in front of one player and strike his/her men one by one, and the receiver tries to pull out counters all in a row. Read More

Kendo Powerhouse: Kyoto Uzumasa Boys – Practical Training that can be Used in Matches Straightaway

Kendo Powerhouse: Kyoto Uzumasa Boys – Practical Training that can be Used in Matches Straightaway Part 1

2018 makes it 55 years since Kyoto Uzumasa Boys Kendo Club was established. In 2011, at the National Dojo Boys Games held by All Japan Kendo Dojo Association at the Nihon Budokan, they became the national champions for the elementary school section. In other years they have reached 2nd and Read More

Memorable Kendo Matches 7: Sho Umegaya(2013 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

Memorable Kendo Matches 7: Sho Umegaya(2013 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

“Become a legend” Sho Umegaya Responds as he Beats 4 in a row at the Final (2013 Gyokuryuki High School Games) The most interesting aspect of the Gyokuryuki Games is that it is held in the “fight until you lose” format. This means that no matter how much you are Read More