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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

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

Kendo Kote on the shelf

Prioritizing mobility has resulted in gloves that have higher injury risk Part 2

Correct Kendo Equipment Knowledge taught by Artisans Which is more suited for the glove-head – leather or Orizashi? Inside the glove, traditionally smoked deer skin has been used. For the glove-head, indigo-dyed deerskin or Orizashi can be used. There is also material called “yakko” which is a mixture of both. Read More

Shinai craftsman shaving the bamboo stave to make Kendo Shinai

Should we specify the length of the shinai, made from natural materials, to the millimeter? Part 2

Correct Kendo Equipment Knowledge taught by Artisans Things users should understand in order to keep shinai making alive and fruitful for everyone As the quality of the materials deteriorate and orders become more specific, artisans are often forced to throw away bamboo that does not match the orders. This causes Read More

Should we specify the length of the shinai, made from natural materials, to the millimeter? Part 1

Correct Kendo Equipment Knowledge taught by Artisans You don’t make the shinai according to specific measurements Morishita Shozo-san points this out when referring to a blog entitled “A Teacher aiming to become a Kendo Athlete”. Morishita-san was born in a house of a judo wear sewer, but shifted to making Read More

Nishimura vs Ando at 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship

All Japan Championship Winner Interview Part 2: Nishimura Wins Back-to-Back, Claiming his Third Championship

Champion: Hidehisa Nishimura (Kumamoto, Kumamoto Police, 29) Nishimura, who had won the tournament last year, claim consecutive wins making it a total of 3 titles. 3 wins at the All Japan Championship is only surpassed by Masahiro Miyazaki’s 6-time feat, and is tied with Hitoshi Chiba, Kiyonori Nishikawa, and Ryoichi Read More

Nishimura Hidehisa, 2018 All Japan Kendo Championship winner receiving the trophy

All Japan Kendo Championship Winner Interview Part 1: Nishimura Wins Back-to-Back, Claiming his Third Championship

“You need to struggle more” – I was able to enjoy the match because of these words Champion: Hidehisa Nishimura (Kumamoto, Kumamoto Police, 29) Nishimura, who had won the tournament last year, claim consecutive wins making it a total of 3 titles. 3 wins at the All Japan Championship is Read More

Photo of Miyazaki Masahiro winning All Japan Kendo Championship in 1990

Memorable Kendo Matches 11: Masahiro Miyazaki (1990 All Nippon Championship)

A 20s Winner for the First Time in 10 Years With Transformation in the All Jappan Championship, The Miyazaki Era begins From 1984, there was a participation restriction to the All Japan Championship of “Those holding 6th dan and above). This reflected the opinions of those holding higher dan, who Read More

Memorable Kendo Matches 10: Kenji Ikeda (1958-60 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

Memorable Kendo Matches 10: Kenji Ikeda (1958-60 Gyokuryuki High School Games)

The star player in 3 back-to-back Gyokuryuki Titles finishes it off with a 4-man sweep in the final 3 back-to-back wins gained huge publicity back then, and its glory still lives on today While kendo was banned during and after WWII, the Gyokuryuki Games (which had a different name back Read More

Illustration of Kendo Henka Waza

Henka Technique in Kendo Part 2

Point of Caution in Applying Henka Trying out the henka moves introduced here straight away in matches will probably not work out well. There is a saying: practice like it’s a match, and play the match like it’s practice. When you use an untrained skill in a match, it will Read More