Eikenkai April 2015 英剣会

Eikenkai is a kenshi 24/7 led kihon-heavy keiko session that takes place usually every couple of months in central Osaka.

Due to the unavailability of our usual venue (Sumiyoshi Budokan) we used one of our member’s work dojo for this months session. Numbers were kept deliberately small in order to try a slightly different menu structure than usual and also because a couple of members were attempting 6 and 7dan this week.

Our next session will return to our usual place – Sumiyoshi Budokan – and will return to being an open session. If you are around Osaka on the 28th of June (and you’ve read and understood the “Points to note before joining a session”) then feel free to come along!

Eikenkai February 2015 英剣会

Today’s Eikenkai practise – the first of 2015 – was absolutely packed. 40 kenshi from shodan to nanadan representing five prefectures (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Mie, Nagoya) and five countries (Japan, the UK, Spain, Thailand, America) got together for over two hours of intense keiko.

In amongst the participants there those that have competed at the highest level, namely the All Japan Championships, the Todofuken Championships, the Kokutai national championships, and past and present European and World Championships. The mix of professions represented was also very rich: teachers, scientists, politicians, journalists, radio DJs, cooks… as well as high school and university students.

In other-words, a quite eclectic bunch!!!

The session today consisted of about one hour of kihon practise (kirikaeshi, men, kote, kote-men, tsuki, oji waza, and uchikomi) followed – after a short break – by over an hour of jigeiko. As you can imagine, with such a wide-range of ages, grades, and experience, it made for an excellent bash.

For more information about Eikenkai, including this years schedule, please visit the page on this site.

Cheers!

Eikenkai November 2014 英剣会

We held the 6th and last Eikenkai session of 2014 yesterday at our usual dojo at Sumiyoshi Budokan. 27 people participated with kenshi coming from as far afield as Kumamoto (Andy from All Japan Budogu), Nagoya, and Okayama, as well as from around the Kansai region (Osaka, Nara, Hyogo, Kyoto). We did our trademark 45-30-45 format (45mins kihon, 30mins waza, and 45mins jigeiko) followed by our traditional okonomiyaki and beer session at a local restaurant.

There was some mixed feelings today as one of our members – Iwasa Chika – is moving to Australia (Sydney) next year so it’s her last session. I hope she will have a great time down under and wish her luck in her new life. Maybe thats an excuse for me to go down to Sydney and do an Eikenkai weekend in the future!!!

Pictures

Note that the reeeeaaaaalllly good pictures in the gallery above were taken by Aussie ex-pat Andy Rogers who is based in Nagoya. For more of his exceptional work check out his website and facebook page.


2015 Schedule

Next years schedule has been finalised and is as follows:
Feb 22nd / April 26th (private, invite only session) / June 28th / Sept 13th / Nov 29th

If you are interested in attending any of our sessions, please read the information on this page.

To keep up with the latest information about Eikenkai please keep an eye out for posts on the kenshi 24/7 facebook page.

Eikenkai September 2014 英剣会

Yesterday we held this years 5th Eikenkai session at our usual place, Sumiyoshi Budokan next to Sumiyoshi Taisha in central Osaka. Sessions at this time of year are generally quite cool but since we’ve been having some unseasonably warm weather over the last couple of weeks the dojo ended up being boiling!!

This of course didn’t stop us: we did our usual 45-30-45 (45 mins kihon, 30 mins waza keiko, 45 minutes jigeiko) format, followed by another 3 hours or so of post-practice drinking and eating. Great fun!

The last session of 2014 will be held on November 30th. If you are interested in joining us, please keep an eye out on the kenshi 24/7 facebook page for information.

2015 Schedule

Next years schedule has been finalised and is as follows:
Feb 22nd / April 26th (private, invite only session) / June 28th / Sept 13th / Nov 29th

If you are interested in attending any of our sessions, please read the information on this page.

Eikenkai Edinburgh – August 2014 3rd Eikenkai seminar in Scotland - August 2nd and 3rd

Returning home to Scotland this summer I took some time out from my busy schedule and taught a small kihon-based seminar similar to how I run the Eikenkai sessions here in Osaka. The event was hosted by my home dojo, Edinburgh Kendo Club. Led by Edinburgh University’s Head of Strength & Conditioning Steve Bishop sensei, Edinburgh Kendo Club is one of the largest dojo in the U.K.

It’s the third time I’ve done the this (the first was in 2010, the second in 2012) and the format was mostly similar: a double session on Saturday then a morning session on Sunday. The focus on Saturday was on the traditional kendo pedagogy: kirikaeshi, uchikomigeiko, and kakarigeiko. On Sunday we did a short (but exhausting!) review of this followed by an introduction to Takano Sasaburo’s Gogyo-no-kata, including the history behind it and it’s relation to the kata we study today as part of kendo.

Before, in-between, and after the weekend I had plenty of chances to sit down over beer and discuss kendo with friends (new and old) and had a great time. I hope I don’t have to wait 2 years to see everyone again !!!