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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…

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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…

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Tactics in Kendo

Tactics in Kendo Tactics in Kendo Part 1 Sotaro Honda 6th Dan & PHd, University of Gloucestershire Introduction In this and future articles, I would like to discuss tactics in Kendo. What I would stress, from the start, is that this will never mean describing how to win at competitions by pushing the rules to the limit. The word “tactics” is quite often thought of by many people as a…

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Attitudes to Shiai Part 2

Attitudes to Shiai Part 2 Introduction In the previous article, I discussed attitudes to Shiai in terms of competitors, supporters and teachers. Reflecting on these briefly, Kendo can be either a mere competitive sport or Budo according to a Kendo-ka’s understanding of Shiai, and his or her attitude to fighting, watching and supporting. Whether you are able to enjoy Shiai, build up a wonderful relationship with others and make Taikai…

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Attitudes to Shiai Part 1

Attitudes to Shiai Part 1 Sotaro Honda 6th Dan &  PHd, University of Gloucestershire Introduction In this article and the next one, Shiai in Kendo is examined from various angles. Kendo can be either a competitive sport or a Budo according to a Kendo-kas understanding of Shiai, and his or her attitude to fighting, watching and supporting. Having a proper comprehension and attitude to the Shiai should bring about a…

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Kata Observations

Nihon Kendo Gata (Kata) Supplied by Jumpei Matsumoto former BKA Chief National Kendo Coach From the original writing of Noboru Shigeoka Hanshi 9th Dan I) Practicing Kata helps one to: 1. Establish adequate Kiai and spirit 2. Understand the principle of Sen (taking the initiative) 3. Control your mind 4. Establish natural Reiho (etiquette) and calmness in behavior 5. Establish correct posture 6. Improve footwork 7. Learn how to read the opponents’…

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Attitudes to Ji-geiko

Attitudes to Ji-geiko Attitudes to Ji-geiko Part 1 Sotaro Honda 6th Dan & PHd, University of Gloucestershire,  Introduction Ji-geiko is the core part of Keiko in Kendo. In Ji-geiko, we (Kendo-ka) can try to use Waza(techniques) in unrestricted situations. We can also learn and acquire what we need to do before we attack (Seme) or how to react to an opponents Seme (intention and attack). Through Ji-geiko, moreover, we can recognise what…

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Nutrition

Nutrition Nutrition is a very sensitive subject where many people have the wrong idea about what and how to eat. Let’s start with the word Diet. The word Diet doesn’t mean that you’re doing a programme to lose fat. What it actually means is what you eat and how. Do not confuse being on a diet and having a healthy diet! Those who say that they’re on a diet are…

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Kendo & the Samurai

History of the Samurai History is the link between past and present, but it is also the key to future. The earliest roots of the Japanese Samurai warriors date back to 600 BC, where they were known as ‘Mononofu’. Back then, the Samurai were perfectionists and it still reflects in the Japanese culture and their disciplines today. At the beginning of the 12th Century, the warrior class achieved political power and…

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