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2023 Review

Whew. After a hectic year of kendo I finally finished my last two keiko sessions of the year today. Today’s first keiko was in the morning, one of my asageiko sessions which I outlined in the first post of the year, and the second was an open keiko held by a friend in the Butokuden. […]

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eikenkai kendo

Eikenkai (Nov. 2023)

Just over twenty of my kendo friends gathered together on the 23rd of November (a national holiday) to take part in this year’s third Eikenkai session. Nationalities represented Scotland, Japan, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Ireland, England, New Zealand, China, and America, two of whom will almost certainly take part in next years WKC. A lot of […]

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kendo

Kenshi24/7-ryu

After many years of consideration, I’ve come to the conclusion that some people may find me hard to work with. This is (mostly!) due to the fact that I am a bit of a sceptic: for things that I am invested in – or that I find important – I tend NOT to take what […]

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dojo kendo

Shingikan

I rolled out of bed at 4am last Saturday on a mission. My shinai and bogu bag were pre-packed the night before, and my clothes were lying on the sofa prepared. After a super quick shower (to wake up) I was out of the door and on my bike heading to the station to catch […]

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kendo media shiai

All Japan Inter-prefectural competition (kids)

For the second year running I took part in the All Japan inter-prefectural competition (kids) in a sort of adviser/helper role to the team running the live stream (actually there were two teams, each looking after four courts; I was helping courts 1-4). I wrote about the job in detail last year, and this year wasn’t […]

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kendo

Lecture: further enrichment of budo classes in school physical education

Ruminating is something I do a lot of. I guess you do too. Work, family, the mortgage, the next episode of your favourite Netflix show, and of course kendo all use some of our mental resources (the balance of which changes depending). Kendo, in particular, has been somewhat vexing for me over the years:  Why […]

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Edinburgh Kendo Seminar (2023)

* Update (Sept. 20023) : two videos were added at the end of the article * For the eighth time in 15 years (including the three forced-hiatus years during the pandemic) I travelled to my home country of bonny Scotland to instruct a kendo seminar hosted and organised by Edinburgh Kendo Club. This was the […]

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eikenkai kendo

Eikenkai (July 2023)

Today I held my first Eikenkai since February. Due to this-and-that a lot of regular members weren’t in attendance. Still, 15 people turned up for a just-over three hour session. Nationalities represented included Japan, China, America, Croatia, Ireland, Switzerland, Venezuela, Italy, Germany, and, of course, Scotland. The lack of locals made today’s session feel more […]

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history kendo theory

What are you (not) looking at ?

“When facing an opponent in shiai, the two metsuke are as follows. For opponents in jodan, you should watch the point from which they raise and lower their weapon [i.e. the hands]. Opponents in seigan will raise and lower their kissaki, attempting to hide their intent. When they are going to strike, they will raise […]

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kendo media shiai

Adapt and reshape

On the last Saturday of May, and the first weekend of June, my students and I took part in the largest high school kendo competition in Osaka prefecture. It took three days: the first day being the individuals competition (boys and girls), the second the boys team, and the last day the girls teams. Each […]