Year: 2014

Pictorial look back over 2014 振りかえる

I promised myself and kenshi 24/7 readers that I’d write at least one or maybe two new articles before the years end but, hands up, I’ve run out of time. Mainly this has been because kendo doesn’t slow down for the end of the year, it speeds up !! So for the last post of the year I’m going to be a chicken and simply re-post some of the best pictures that were used in articles this year (plus a couple of videos). Thanks for reading kenshi 24/7 – see you next year !!!

Kendo Mode

December is generally a relaxed time of year for me work-wise, but kendo – as usually – continues unabated right up until the end of the year (and re-starts again only after a short break). This gives me a little bit of extra time to reflect back over the last past 12 months and see to what extent I have achieved (or not) my kendo goals for the year. Although it might not be of interest to kenshi 24/7 readers, I’ve decided to this years reflecting out loud. I have many technical things that I am working on, of course, …

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 …

Kendo Taikai (kendo playing cards) 剣道大会

Last August I was lucky enough to receive a set of the brand new Kendo Taikai (kendo playing cards) from it’s creator, Ákos Vachter from Hungary. Having never seen or even heard of anything like this, I was quite exited to see what it was like. First of, have a look at the video rundown of the full game play: Next, check out the visual gameplay guide: (To see an easier version of the game – called Musashi’s Challenge – check out this video here.) Impressions The first thing that I noticed about the game when I got it was …

Asagawa Haruo hanshi 浅川春男範士

This years All Japan Championships were won by 21 year old Takenouchi Yuya, a 3rd year student at Tsukuba university, one of the top kendo universities in the country (not to mention the direct descendant of one of the most famous kendo establishments that ever existed: Tokyo Shihan Gakko). It’s only the 2nd time in the competitions 60+ year history that a student has taken the title (it’s important to remember here that there were grade restrictions for part of that time) and the first time since 1988 (and before that 1980) that it hasn’t been won by a policeman. …