Tag: shinai

Repairing Kendo Shinai's Splits

What do you do with splits in your shinai? Fixing your shinai is actually quite easy!

When the cold and dry weather drags, on, the shinai become more vulnerable to splits. When you keep training with a shinai that has splits it can be incredibly dangerous. You can get splinters in your fingers or in your eye, and there has even been a reported case of Read More

With All The Types of Shinai Out There, How Do I Choose?

The Shinai is commonly viewed as a substitute for the Japanese sword, and while the Japanese sword is regarded as ‘the samurai’s spirit’, so to speak, the Shinai is regarded as ‘the soul of the Kenshi’. The Shinai used in contemporary Kendo is made out of a bamboo split into Read More

Reflections on the Shinai’s History – Is the Shinai just a bamboo sword or is there more to it?

A ‘Shinai’ is commonly known as a practice tool replacing a live blade in Kendo and Kenjutsu. And yet, it goes beyond being simply a tool in that it’s treated with reverence. More than just being a bamboo sword used during practice or competitions, by standing in for a real Read More

Do you know? The secret to the number of folds on the Hakama and joints on the Shinai

The Nishijin Main Store of Tozando attracts many customers, helped by its location in Kyoto. Kendo is very popular overseas with many Kenshi worldwide. But since it is not an Olympic sport, the existence of a kendo world championship is perhaps not widely known. As a company that markets martial Read More

Kendo Shinai: SG or SSP?

We had some questions from Kendo customers about the SSP and SG seals on Shinai and if the SSP seal will become a requirement for competing Kendoka from now on. The short answer is NO! The requirement of SSP seals on Shinai won’t affect Kendoka overseas at the moment. If Read More

2016/10/28 – Tozando Complete Beginners Kendo Set Available now!

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to choose when you just have begun doing Kendo, what Bogu should I choose, what else do I need and so on.  So we have compiled a complete set containing a 5mm Fit-stitched Orizashi Bogu, Color-fixed Kendo Gi, Tetron Hakama, Water Bottle, Bogu Bag, Read More

2016/09/09 – Introducing the “Men-nari”

The Men-Nari, is a training tool shaped like a short Shinai that will allow you to do Suburi practice where ever you go. The product was produced by Hiromitsu Yoshida Sensei, a kyōshi 8-dan Kendoka. As a teacher for Children in Japan, Yoshida Sensei made the Men-nari to have a Read More

2015/03/16 – Free Engraving on All Bokken/Jo/Bo/Shinai!

Starting today until the 25th of April we will be offering Free Name or Kamon laser Engraving for all Bokken/Jo/Bo/Shinai in our inventory! With the tournament season coming up, a lot of Budo tournaments and competitions are being held now all over the world. But putting your precious Bokken or Shinai Read More

2014/08/22 – Introducing New Tozando Shinai series!

Tozando has always offered a certain variety of Shinai, and we have changed the Shinai we have offered numerous times through out our history, although many of the times, the Shinai were not directly made by Tozando, but rather by other Japanese providers. Today we are very proud to say that Read More