March book project #1: kendo nyumon and kendo dokushu kyohon 三月本プロジェクトその1

For the first instalment of this months book project I picked two books that were written by the same authors: Oshima Kotaro and Ando Kozo. Oshima Kotaro was the son of Oshima Jikita (another article here) and Ando Kozo was the shihan of the Waseda university kendo club from 1999-2002. The two books being looked … Continue reading March book project #1: kendo nyumon and kendo dokushu kyohon 三月本プロジェクトその1

Eikenkai February 2016 英剣会

Forty-three kenshi got together in Sumiyoshi Budokan, next to Sumiyoshi Taisha in central Osaka, for yesterday’s jam-packed kenshi 24/7 led Eikenkai session. People travelled to Osaka for the practise session from as far as Iwate, Shizuoka, Okayama, and Mie prefectures, but the title to furthest away goes to Canada. Of course, most participants came from … Continue reading Eikenkai February 2016 英剣会

The mystery of the black-hand 黒手の謎

During June last year I was invited to join an open keiko session at the dojo which probably has oldest (kendo-related) tradition in the Kansai region. During the break between the kihon and jigeiko parts of the session I was wandering around the dojo looking at the various pieces of calligraphy and what not that … Continue reading The mystery of the black-hand 黒手の謎

Oshima Jikita’s advice for Noma dojo practitioners (1928) 大島治喜太先生のアドバイス(昭和3年)

The following is a translation from a privately published 1928 book entitled “Noma dojo ki.” I assume that a set number of copies were printed and distributed to Noma dojo members only (it was finally re-published publicly in 1996). The book is essentially split into two halves: the first discusses Kodansha founder Noma Seiji’s ideas … Continue reading Oshima Jikita’s advice for Noma dojo practitioners (1928) 大島治喜太先生のアドバイス(昭和3年)

Takano Hiromasa’s keys to improvement in kendo 高野弘正先生の「上達の秘訣」

Takano Hiromasa (1900-1987), kendo hanshi and headmaster of Itto-ryu*, was the the second son of kendo legend Takano Sasaburo. A brief bio: Hiromasa began studying the sword when he was 6 years old in his fathers dojo, Meishinkan. He graduated from Tokyo Shihan Gakko in 1923 and, in 1927, took over the day-to-day running of … Continue reading Takano Hiromasa’s keys to improvement in kendo 高野弘正先生の「上達の秘訣」