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March 29, 2012
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Kendo for Adults

Working within does not necessarily mean going slow, but rather concentrating your focus at the task at hand…such is the case with the art of Kendo, “The Way of the Sword.”

March 28, 2012
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Attitudes to Ji-geiko Part 2

Attitudes to Ji-geiko Part 2 Introduction In the previous article, I discussed the relationship between Ji-geiko, Kihon-geiko and Kata-geiko and examined how Ji-geiko should be approached. I only mentioned in general, how Ji-geiko should be done at each level: elementary, intermediate and advanced. In this article, I would like to discuss how one should approach Ji-geiko when confronted by different types of Kendo-ka, focusing on the following: Ji-geiko with someone…

March 19, 2012
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The language of Kendo

The language of Kendo Being of Japanese origin, most if not all the terms used in kendo are japanese. Here is an introduction to some of these terms and the english meaning Equipment Bogu :– Kendo armour, consists of men, kote, do and tare Men:– Protective head guard/mask, also the call (kiai) for a strike to the head Kote:– Protective gloves, also the call (kiai) for a wrist strike Do:–…

March 18, 2012
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Interview with Yukuo Iwao sensei on Passing 8th Dan

Interview with Yukuo Iwao sensei Kendojidai 3.2010. Translated by Kazuyo Matsuda Interview by Hideo Kobayashi(K) Yukuo Iwao (I) K) Congratulations on passing 8th dan. I have known you for decades and I am very grateful for your success as a member of Kanagawa Dojo Renmei as well. I) Thank you very much. K) You gave hope to teachers who are trying 8th dan especially as a 70 year old person….

March 18, 2012
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The Kendo Reader

‘the Kendo Reader’ this recommended work by Noma Hisashi, written in the 1930’s can be found here . This picture is of Fujimoto Kaoru (Gyaku nito) fighting with Noma Hisashi in the final of 1934 Tenran shiai – a series of three competitions held in front of the Japanese Emperor. Noma Hisashi was the winner of this competition. In 1937 at the age of 28 very sadly he died. This work then…

March 18, 2012
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The concept of Motodachi

The concept of Motodachi by Paul Budden 7th Dan Kyoshi Often the concept of being a Motodachi can seem quite daunting and usually stems from a basic lack of knowledge and understanding. If we look at the aspects of Kendo practice – Keiko …it is obviously apparent that we need a minimum of two people to effectively complete the various exercises that are needed in order for us to make a…

March 18, 2012
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Coaching Children

Coaching Children Guide lines for children’s practice in Kendo including competition Children are not miniature adults. Problems arise when children are made to conform to an adult concept of sport training and exercise. Children are more important than the activities in which they are engaged-the game is not the thing, the child is. The following is not intended to be a series of prescriptive statements but guide lines which need…

March 18, 2012
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Tactics in Kendo Part 3

Tactics in Kendo Part 3 Introduction In the previous article, the tactics for Kyu grade practitioners and 1st~2nd Dan practitioners were looked at. In this article, tactics for 3rd~5th Dan practitioners are discussed. Firstly, I will describe methods of Keiko that 3rd~5th Dan practitioners are recommended to try out, to discover and develop their tactics against various types of opponents. This is followed by the continuation of ‘four opportunities for…

March 18, 2012
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Tactics in Kendo Part 2

Tactics in Kendo Part 2 Introduction In the previous article, the relationship between Kendo and tactics, my personal experience of studying tactics, and the effectiveness of learning tactics were introduced. In this article and the next one, I would like to discuss the learning of tactics appropriate to the level of the individual practitioner. These two articles are to follow my two previous articles entitled “Attitudes to Ji-geiko Part 1…

March 18, 2012
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