Matsuzaki Kenshiro, the 2nd place winner for the 67th All Japan Kendo Championship

“Defeated today, but…” Interviewing those who missed out on winning the 67th All Japan Kendo Championship Vol. 1

Because of the repair work going on at the Nihon Budokan, the All Japan Championship was held in Osaka for the first time in 67 editions. As 64 players take stage, only one gets the last laugh. 63 players are destined for a disappointed departure at same stage of the Read More

Used and worn Kendo Kote that needs the repair

Kendo Gear Maintenance Vol. 3: Treating your gear well is an important factor to learn in martial arts

This is the last article of this popular series. We asked Mr. Seki to tell us more about maintenance regarding the kote. The kote is the most easily damaged among the kendo gear. As mentioned, the deer leather used for the inside of the kote is vulnerable to sunlight so Read More

2019 All Japan Kendo Champion, Kunitomo Rentaro

Interview With Rentaro Kunitomo, The 67th All Japan Kendo Championship Winner Vol.3

Although Kunitomo missed out on a place in the All Japan Kendo Championship the next year after his first appearance, in his second appearance in 2016 he achieved 2nd place again. He has made it to the Championship every year since, and although he lost in the 2nd round in Read More

2019 All Japan Kendo Champion, Kunitomo Rentaro

Interview With Rentaro Kunitomo, The 67th All Japan Kendo Championship Winner Vol.2

In the 2012 All Japan Student Championships, Kunitomo played chuken for Kokushikan University who won the tournament, adding to their triumphs at the Kanto Games too. This year’s team boasted a colorful line-up of exceptional talent, even among the long tradition of Kokushikan being a powerhouse. Ando Sho and Fujioka Read More

2019 All Japan Kendo Champion, Kunitomo Rentaro

Interview With Rentaro Kunitomo, The 67th All Japan Kendo Championship Winner Vol.1

It was really “third time lucky” for Rentaro Kunitomo who won the All Japan Championship. 5 years ago, he entered the Championship for the first time and came 2nd, and two years later he also achieved 2nd. He kept challenging for the title, and he finally reached the summit on Read More

Two Kendo players facing each other

Budo’s “maai” and “zanshin” can make for smooth communication with others

I’m sure the Budo practitioners know how “maai”(gap, space) is important in Budo. There is an appropriate maai between you and your opponent during the fight. Being too close or too far apart is no good. “Maai” is the correct distance between you and your opponent. People who excel in Read More

Tozando Kendo player holding Shinai with Jodan Kamae

Asking a Jodan Kenshi

Jodan is known as the “stance of fire” or the “stance of heaven” and it is the first of the kamae (stance) you learn in the Nihon Kendo Kata. It is an aggressive posture and requires not only a lot of arm strength, but also courage and dignity. We asked Read More

Takahashi Hideaki won 2000 World Kendo Championship

Memorable Kendo Matches 19: Hideaki Takahashi (2000, 11th World Kendo Championship)

Taisho match with both teams tied, a fully spirited move grabs the victory. Takahashi fought to erase the pain of the past defeat and overcome a tricky situation The 11th World Kendo Championship, men’s team games, held in Santa Clara, California in the United States, saw an intense encounter earlier Read More

Kendo kids wearing Bogu set to prepare Kaiko

Moving Beyond Beginner Level! Be mindful of the air, the sword, and the body vol. 3

Master Kendo Step The last of the 3 factors is the “body”. This refers to the position and footwork as you pull out the moves of men, kote, do, and tsuki. Especially your foot is very important in your position, posture, and movement. How to use your foot in stepping Read More

Toda Tadao receiving his winning trophy at All Japan Kendo Championship

Memorable Kendo Matches 18: Tadao Toda(1962 and 1964 All Japan Kendo Championship)

Corporate Kenshi who pioneered the “jodan-boom”. In his later years he became the pioneer leading kenshi with the double sword. In only his second year as a company kenshi, as the Post-War competitive Kendo scene was established, he fought his way straight to the top! It was Toda Tadao who Read More