Kendo World Special Edition


Kendo World Special Editions are comprised of all new content or collections of articles that have appeared in past issues of 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. Its primary focus is kendo, but 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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in this issue

13 min
part 1: from sea to air—a journey of 30 years

The New Zealand newspaper, NZ Truth, Issue 1040, October 31, 1925: “A MAN in his time plays many parts” said the poet. Such a one is Ronald Alexander Lidstone now at Auckland. Young in appearance, there’s many a man would give something to have seen what he has, or travelled as much. His pie of life is full of meat. Trained for mercantile marine at Osbourne and Dartmouth he became a Lieutenant in the Navy in the Big War, and was on the Marlborough in the Battle of Jutland. Later he went to “Gay Paree,” and followed the alluring profession of the light fantastic. Incidentally he polished up his knowledge of the fencing art. A master of the foil, sabre, single stick and quarterstaff, he can hold his own with any…

10 min
part 2: the old vic, robin hood, and rashomon

Kendo as a sport had been attracting popular attention, but unfortunately, when war broke out, this put paid to any immediate future development. Okamoto and Kudzutani-sensei, who had both been staunch supporters of the Anglo Japanese Judo Club, returned to Japan. The consequence of this was that kendo nearly died out, except for spasmodic sessions and demonstrations given by R.A. Lidstone and Nakano Hidetake, a 2-dan who, like Mishiku Kaoru-sensei, remained in Britain rather than return to Japan. Mishiku-sensei was taken by the British military to Hereford and instructed to teach unarmed combat (judo/jujutsu) to the British forces. He refused, stating that although it was his choice to remain, he could not teach British soldiers how to kill Japanese soldiers. The military hierarchy persisted in their requests, but Mishiku-sensei kept refusing…

2 min
r.a. lidstone biography

Books: Studies in Symbology. (1926)The Symbology of the Crucifix & the TarotSymbology & the Types of ManSymbology of the initiations & the TarotSymbology of the Number 12 The Art of Fencing: A Practical Manual for Foil Epee and Sabre (1930) Bloody Bayonets: The Complete Guide to Bayonet Fighting (1942) Fencing: A Practical Treatise on Foil, Epee, Sabre (1952) An Introduction to Kendo: R.A.Lidstone (Charles Alexis) (1964) Castle, Egerton. (Lidstone, R.A. ed. and Foreword) Schools and Masters of Fencing: From the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century 3rd Edition, Arms and Armour, London. 1969. Filmography: 1925. Rewi’s Last Stand—Fight Director 1953. Knights of the Round Table. Starring Robert Taylor & Ava Gardner—Fight Director 1954. Men of Sherwood Forest. Starring Don Taylor—Fight Director 1955. The Dark Avenger. Starring Errol Flynn—Fight Director Acting: 1925. Rewi’s Last Stand—Von Tempskey Television: 1956–57. The Adventures of Sir Lancelot. Starring William Russell.—Master…

1 min
about the author

Paul Budden was born in 1949 in Cheltenham England. When not involved with kendo he continues to assist in running an established international exhibition company. Having graduated in kendo to Kyoshi 7-dan, his involvement has increased over some 30 odd years both as the founder and Kancho of Kodokan Kendo UK (since 1980), where both adults and junior practitioners attend regular practice sessions, and also as Technical Director for the Maltese Kendo Federation. As an international coach he now divides his time between the U.K., Malta and throughout Europe (including Eastern Europe), running courses, assisting with seminars including charity events and international competitions. He is also the author of Looking at a Far Mountain: A Study of Kendo Kata; Devil’s Gloves and the One Cut – An introduction to Ono-ha…