Kokutai Osaka preliminaries 第71 回国体大阪府予選会

The crème de la crème of the Osaka shiai-circuit were out in force today to take part in the Osaka preliminaries for the Kokutai taikai (“National athletic meet”). What that translates to exactly is young tokuren police professionals, jitsugyodan (semi-pro business teams), and teachers. The odd random person tried their luck to (but to little … Continue reading Kokutai Osaka preliminaries 第71 回国体大阪府予選会

Kyoto Taikai 2016 京都大会 (第112回全日本剣道演武大会)

This year was my 13th or 14th straight year of attendance at the Kyoto taikai. I’ve written about it and shared photos and videos of the event many many times over the years (2015, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2008) as well as posted lots of information about the Butokuden as well, so if you want to … Continue reading Kyoto Taikai 2016 京都大会 (第112回全日本剣道演武大会)

Eikenkai April 2016 英剣会

Today’s Eikenkai session was held in what is almost certainly the oldest kendo related dojo by tradition in the Kansai area: Shubukan (older buildings include both the Nara and Kyoto Butokuden). The dojo started birth in 1786 as a place for studying kenjutsu and has been through a couple of name changes and rebuilds over … Continue reading Eikenkai April 2016 英剣会

Improving tsuki waza 突き技の向上

A couple of articles ago Stefan asked the following question in a comment: Hey George, where is the article on how to build a tsuki pad? In 2008 I published two articles detailing some DIY tsuki-pads I had made. The earliest of the pair was made over 10 years ago, way back in 2006, and … Continue reading Improving tsuki waza 突き技の向上