Eikenkai June 2014

This morning 17 kenshi got together at Sumiyoshi Budokan (next door the beautiful Sumiyoshi Taisha) for the kenshi 24/7 led kihon keiko session EIKENKAI. Although it was very hot and sticky we still managed the usual kihon 40 – waza 30 – jigeiko 40 minutes format.

The next Eikenkai session will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 2nd and 3rd of August this year. For more information please check out the facebook event page or get in touch with the hosts Edinburgh Kendo Club (btw, the seminar has been held in Edinburgh twice before, in 2010 and 2012)

Eikenkai sessions will return to Japan after the summer, with the last 2 sessions of the year being on the 28th of September and the 30th of November. If you are interested in attending, please read the information on this page.

Eikenkai April 2014

Eikenkai is a kenshi 24/7 led kihon-heavy keiko session that takes place usually every couple of months in central Osaka.

Due to the unavailability of our usual venue (Sumiyoshi Budokan) we used one of our member’s work dojo for this months session. Numbers were kept deliberately small in order to try a slightly different structure and also because a couple of members were attempting 6 and 7dan this week.

After keiko – since it was a beautiful day in Osaka – we grabbed some bento and beer from a nearby convenience story and had a small picnic in Osaka castle park.

Check out this link for more information about Eikenkai, what you need to know before joining us, and to see this years schedule. More Eikenkai pics and news can be found here.

Eikenkai February 2014

Though a little bit chilly, yesterday was a beautiful day here in central Osaka. Arriving a little bit earlier than usual for keiko I decided to take a wander through the oldest shrine in the prefecture – Sumiyoshi Taisha. The budokan we are based at is right next to it… it’s so close in fact, that we usually walk through the shrine to get to the dojo.

After asking the gods for kendo-power, I headed next door to the budokan. Numbers were a little bit lower than usual (17 participants), but keiko was no less quiet or subdued. In recent keiko’s the numbers have been too large to effectively pratise dou-uchi during kihon!!

Today we were visited by old and new friends, and even had to say goodbye to one of our main members who is getting married and moving to Kanto. Personally, for me, the highlight of the day was being able to do kendo with some of my ex-students – after teaching them kendo for 3 years at high school they graduated and continued practising at university. Now – after turning 20 (the legal drinking age in Japan) – I was allowed to have a beer with them = great!

Keiko was the usual 45-30-45 format (45 mins kihon, 30 waza practise, 45 jigeiko) followed by the Osaka speciality Okonomiyaki and beer.

Check out this link for more information about Eikenkai, what you need to know before joining us, and to see this years schedule. Cheers!!

Eikenkai (2006-2013)

Happy 2014! As you may have noticed, kenshi247.net has undergone a complete renewal mainly with the aim of making things more minimal. As part of this reworking I decided to remove pretty much all of the pre-2013 articles. Don’t worry – the content hasn’t been deleted – it’s simply been archived at the moment, and I’m sure will pop up in a different format in the future.

Whilst doing this cleanup I started thinking a lot about not only what I had achieved with the site since it started back in 2008, but also about the success of the keikokai I began pretty much in tandem with the site: Eikenkai.

The history of Eikenkai is basically split into 3 periods:

1. Pre-Eikenkai period: 2006+
2. Official start of Eikenkai: 2008/2009
3. Finding a permanent base at Sumiyoshi Budokan: 2010+

Basically, the idea about starting my own kihon-based keikokai started in around 2006, when I began to be involved in a couple of friendly, non ‘official’ gatherings outside of my official dojo. These gatherings were more informal and, more-often-than-not, involved more kihon practise than I found in my dojo. However, I wanted to do something more than just a loose gathering of friends for a bash. Slowly I began to co-opt one of my sempai’s informal gatherings. It took a while, but eventually more of my friends than his were coming! Eventually I just said “I want to change the format” and went ahead and did so. The name change came a little later.

At this point we were still using public dojo on a lottery basis – we were never sure which space we could rent. After some hunting around and string pulling we were able finally to get a dojo we could pre-book on a yearly basis starting in 2010. Bar building our own dojo, this is the best situation we can hope for.

Since the initial inception already 8 years have passed!! The format of the keikokai is set, we have a proper home, have a strong core member base, and some of our members have become or are on the cusp of becoming kodansha. I can’t be sure, but I suspect that in the long term, the connections and friendships made at Eikenkai (not to mention all that kirikaeshi!) will have a deeper impact for me than the running of kenshi247.net itself.

At any rate, here’s to more Eikenkai in 2014 – happy new year!!

Eikenkai: 1-picture-per-year, 2006-2013:









Eikenkai December 2013

Yesterday the last Eikenkai session of the year was held in the usual place: Sumiyoshi Budokan. Although it was a little bit chilly, the weather was fantastic, so spirits were high and the practise was dynamic! In attendance were 17 kenshi, mostly from around the Kansai area but we were visited by two friends from Nagoya as well.

Keiko was the usual pattern: 45 minutes of kihon, 30 minutes of waza practise, and about 45 minutes of jigeiko. After keiko we changed and retired to the local okonimyaki restaurant for food, beers, and chat.

The next session will be on the 23rd of February 2014. If you are in town, please consider getting in touch and joining us.

Check out this link for more information about Eikenkai, what you need to know before joining us, and to see next years schedule. Cheers!!