Eikenkai @ Nara Butokuden 第一回英剣際 (英剣会の特別版)

Eikenkai is the kenshi 24/7 led kihon-heavy keiko session that (usually) takes place usually every couple of months in central Osaka. To mark the publication of the English edition of Ogawa Kinnosuke sensei’s Teikoku Kendo Kyohon (Kendo Textbook of Imperial Japan) we decided to hold a special Eikenkai session. Rather than use our normal dojo … Continue reading Eikenkai @ Nara Butokuden 第一回英剣際 (英剣会の特別版)

Kobudo embukai 古武道演武会

This morning I wandered down to the beautiful Sumiyoshi-Taisha, next to Eikenkai’s base dojo of Sumiyoshi Budokan, to watch a small kobudo embukai. The schools that were demonstrating were Ogasawara-ryu (kyujutsu/yabusame), Yagyu shinkage-ryu (kenjutsu), Hozoin-ryu (spearmanship), and Jigen-ryu (kenjutsu). As there were only four schools demonstrating, the whole thing only took a couple of hours. … Continue reading Kobudo embukai 古武道演武会

One should always be ready for snakes and demons 鬼が出るか蛇が出るか

“It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.” – Anatole France I can’t remember the exact year, but I think it was way back in 1995 or maybe 6 when I first created a kendo website. I was studying computer science in university and had access to the something “new” … Continue reading One should always be ready for snakes and demons 鬼が出るか蛇が出るか

All Japan Teachers Kendo Championships 第57回全国教職員剣道大会

A couple of weekends ago I found myself in Kyoto watching this years All Japan Teachers Kendo Championships. It was the first time I’d attended this event and was intrigued into how it ran. The taikai was split into basically three competitions: ladies individuals, mens individual, and mens team, with all competitors either being a … Continue reading All Japan Teachers Kendo Championships 第57回全国教職員剣道大会

Tokyo Musha-Shugyo お江戸の武者修行

At the very end of July this year I took some time out of my normal schedule and headed to Tokyo for a Musha Shugyo, that is, I went on a “warriors pilgrimage,” with the aim of polishing my kendo. In the short time I was there (I stayed five nights in Tokyo) I visited … Continue reading Tokyo Musha-Shugyo お江戸の武者修行