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

Interview with Matsuzaki Kenshiro Vol. 4

I don’t want second place! “The number one university in Japan for kendo is Tsukuba.” Being told this from a young age by his father, it always stayed with him. On my high school career survey, I wrote Tsukuba as my number one choice. I felt strongly enough about it Read More

Interview with Matsuzaki Kenshiro Vol. 3

So, what is the full story to Matsuzaki becoming so accomplished? While we can only get a glimpse, it is worth it. December of his second year of junior high school Matsuzaki was the Taisho for his team in a prefectural tournament. He was defeated, and the team was knocked Read More

Matsuzaki Kenshiro smiling

Interview with Matsuzaki Kenshiro Vol. 2

Even though I had been able to focus on each individual match until now, with the finals in front of me, my emotions began to blur. It would have been fine if I were able to fight having accepted those emotions, but I allowed them to create a sense of Read More

Matsuzaki Kenshiro

Interview with Matsuzaki Kenshiro Vol. 1

Not making limits, going beyond them It was the 67th All Japan Kendo Tournament. In the shadows of Kunitomo Rentaro bathing in praise from every direction for his first All Japan victory, someone else was also gaining attention. Now, as Matsuzaki Kenshiro (21) takes each and brilliant step down this Read More

Ando Sho doing Kendo Keiko

Interview with Sho Ando, World Championship Winner Vol. 2

At the end of persisting with his own style of kendo Last September, you won both the individual and team games at the World Championship. Looking back now, what kind of tournament was it to you? The result was fantastic, I couldn’t have asked for better. But if I think Read More

World Kendo Champion, Ando Sho

Interview with Sho Ando, World Championship Winner Vol. 1

At the end of persisting with his own style of kendo Sho Ando (Hokkaido Police) achieved victory at the individual games at the 17th World Championship, and in the team games he saved Japan’s dignity as the taisho. From a young age he has practice and pursued an orthodox style Read More

Nishimura vs Ando at 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship

Interviewing Hidehisa Nishimura, All Japan Championship Winner Vol. 3

How much you can use your head to imagine the flow of the match Nishimura places importance on thinking about kendo outside of practice time. He studies through kendo magazines, and he reads books not only by kendo players but by athletes of all kinds of sport. He says he Read More

Hidehisa Nishimura in the final of 2017 All Japan Kendo Championship

Interviewing Hidehisa Nishimura, All Japan Championship Winner Vol. 2

How much you can use your head to imagine the flow of the match Nishimura entered Kyushu Gakuin High School in Kumamoto Prefecture. It was at a time when the school was rising a head above the rest and becoming an invincible team. The school came 3rd in the Inter-High Read More

Ando Sho at 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship

Interview with Sho Ando, World Championship Winner Vol. 3

At the end of persisting with his own style of kendo In your daily training doesn’t your desire to imagine real match situations in every practice and every stroke sometimes become weak? Sometimes when things don’t go well despite practicing hard, you lose motivation. But it’s all up to yourself, Read More

Nishimura Hidehisa teaching Kendo to kids at Tozando Kendo Renseikai 2018

Interviewing Hidehisa Nishimura, All Japan Championship Winner Vol. 1

How much you can use your head to imagine the flow of the match Winning the 2018 All Japan Championship to claim 2 consecutive championships, Hidehisa Nishimura (Kumamoto) was crowned champion for the 3rd time overall. In the history of the 66-edition tournament, he is the 4th person to win Read More