Takano Shigeyoshi hanshi’s 50 pointers for kendo keiko 高野茂義の稽古心得集

The following is a translation of a collection of things to be careful about during keiko by Takano Shigeyoshi entitled “Keiko kokoro tokushu.” It is a mostly random collection of kendo hints – things to be careful of, things to do, things not to do, comments about waza, etc. Some of the content is a … Continue reading Takano Shigeyoshi hanshi’s 50 pointers for kendo keiko 高野茂義の稽古心得集

Bogu review: All Japan Budogu’s Guardian

Note that this bogu set is now no longer in production. To see more bogu like this please visit the All Japan Budogu website directly. I very rarely do reviews of equipment on this site… and, in fact, this is actually the first bogu review I’ve ever done. The reason why I’m doing one now … Continue reading Bogu review: All Japan Budogu’s Guardian

Takano Shigeyoshi hanshi’s jodan 高野茂義の上段

Takano Shigeyoshi: A very brief bio Takano Shigeyoshi was born in Mito in 1877 (family name Chigusa). When he was 14 he enrolled in Tobukan and began to study kendo under Ozawa Torakichi. His father, himself a renowned swordsman, died the same year and Shigeyoshi ended up being looked after by the dojo. Eventually he … Continue reading Takano Shigeyoshi hanshi’s jodan 高野茂義の上段

University invitational shiai 大学招待試合

One of the busiest times of the year for my high school kendo club is in March due to the amount of university invitational shiai we attend. These types of shiai are when university kendo clubs invite a number of high school kendo clubs to come to their university for a day of kendo. These … Continue reading University invitational shiai 大学招待試合

Motodachi 元立ち

Last week I published an article on Kirikaeshi. When I posted the link on facebook I jokingly asked the question: “I love kirikaeshi… what about you?” I got a bunch of replies, but the one that immediately struck me was from Ralf in Germany: “Depends on the motodachi.” I strongly agree with Ralf’s opinion. Rather … Continue reading Motodachi 元立ち