Kendo World

Kendo World


Kendo World is the only English language periodical devoted to Japanese budo (martial arts), and the dissemination of its vast practical, philosophical and historical aspects to the non-Japanese speaking community. Although Kendo World's primary focus is kendo, it also covers iaido, naginata, jodo, jukendo and tankendo, as well as other koryu. In addition to these martial arts, Kendo World also contains articles of cultural and historical significance on various subjects related to budo. The Kendo World Team also visits and reports on many of the major kendo tournaments in Japan and around the world. The articles contained in Kendo World are written by an international network of experienced martial artists spread across Japan and the world. Translations of articles and books published in Japanese, including those of our supporters Kendo Nippon and Kendo Jidai magazines, are also included in Kendo World.

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2 min.
uncle kotay’s kendo korner

Part 4: Win Before You Strike! Q : Hey Uncle Kotay, I’m sorry to always keep bugging you, but I’ve got another question. In a shiai the other day, I thought I had the perfect opportunity so I tried to strike my opponent’s men. However, my opponent instantly blocked me and scored ippon with men-kaeshi-do! I ended up losing the match, and afterwards one of my senpai said to me, “You need to win before you strike!” That seemed a bit back the front. Surely you strike to win? Can you tell me what he means? (#confusedagain) A : Well, that was actually some very good advice. In Japanese, there is an expression “katte-utsu” (勝って打つ: win and then strike), and. It refers to the work or preparation that you need to do…

11 min.
kendo and thehuman condition

“I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.” Margaret Atwood, “Cat’s Eye” Winter, 2013 Feeling utterly broken, I sit on the edge of my bed, surrounded by the suffocating darkness and silence. The clock reads four in the afternoon, and the winter sun should be about to set soon, but I can only guess. I haven’t been outside in over a week. Looking around the spartan room, I feel utterly detached, though the detachment is better than the…

2 min.
know your limits

Hagakure provides a window on life in eighteenth century Japan. We get a sense of the frustrations samurai faced in a time of peace, and the stress that enveloped their existence. Actually, all said and done, they weren’t that different to us. They had their foibles, and many of the passages contained in Hagakure are surprising in their mundane simplicity. For example, more than a few vignettes warn the samurai to know his limits and not overindulge when imbibing. The samurai, it seems, had a penchant for getting their fill of rice wine to drown their sorrows—something that many of us can empathize with, I am sure. The urge to temporarily get lost in a bottle, for fun or through the frustration of having to deal with obnoxious people every day,…

18 min.
44th fik foreign kendo leaders’ summer seminar report. kitamoto city, saitama prefecture, japan. july 21–28, 2017

Steven Hsueh, Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO), 5-dan Zia Uddin, Midwest Kendo Federation (MWKF), 5-dan Introduction An international cohort consisting of 63 kenshi from 45 countries met on July 21, 2017, in Kitamoto City in Saitama prefecture, Japan, to participate in the 44th Foreign Kendo Leaders’ Summer Seminar, an event sponsored by the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF). The grades of the 52 male and 11 female participants ranged from 3- to 6-dan, with a mix of 52 male and 11 female kenshi which included dojo sensei, federation officers, as well as current and previous competitors from the World Kendo Championships. The key objectives of this seminar are to: 1. strengthen practitioners understanding of fundamental kendo principles so that they can become not only better kendo practitioners, but also better instructors in their own federations…

3 min.
bujutsu jargon part 11

Bruce Flanagan MA Lecturer - Kaichi International University Literally nyū means “to enter” and mon means “gate/entrance”. The term, often used in the verb form nyūmon-suru (入門する), means to join a school or commence learning something, usually a traditional art form under the guidance of a teacher (shi 師). The character mon (門) is found in the words disciple (montei 門弟), student (monkasei 門下生), pupil (monjin 門人), beginner (nyūmon-sha 入門者), and a written guide for beginners (nyūmon-sho 入門書). Expulsion from a school for breaking its codes of conduct or excommunication from a school is hamon (破門). The troops of renowned Sengoku period military commander Takeda Shingen (1521-1573) carried banners into battle displaying a quote from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War: “Be swift as the wind, quiet as the forest, fierce as fire,…

13 min.
kendo for adults

Hatano Toshio-sensei was born in January 1945 in Musashi Murayama, Tokyo. After graduating from Kokushikan High School and Nihon University, he became a salaryman for a few years before establishing the Nanbudō Kendōgu shop in 1971. He passed the 8-dan exam on his second attempt in 1994. He serves as an advisor for the West Tokyo Kendo Federation, and is Suruga University Kendo Club Shihan, Musashi Murayama City Kendo Federation president, and leader of the Kinryūkan Dojo. Part 6: What I Focussed on in Shinsa I received a letter from a salaryman. He wrote: “After reading your column, I realised the importance of really working hard in the fundamentals of kendo. I have been thinking about restarting kendo after a long break, and decided to only after I had completed a total…