Category: kendo

Transformation 変身

A few years ago I wrote and published my high successful Kendo Coaching Tips and Drills manual, the first of its kind, and still – afaik – the ONLY publication of its kind in the English language. The idea to write a more advanced manual for instructors first came in 2008. It then took four years of keiko, experimentation, keiko, writing, keiko, editing, and more keiko before it was finally released. For the first time in my life something concrete had come from my study of kendo that I could be proud of.

Kyoto Taikai 2019 第115回全日本剣道演武大会

This year, as normal, I headed to Kyoto to attend/watch the Kyoto Taikai. I have written about it numerous times on kenshi 24/7, so I won’t bore you with a full recap – check out the kyototaikai category to read past posts and get the full rundown. This year was a little bit of a different taikai for me for a couple of reasons. The first that was I demonstrated twice: once in the koryu section and again for kendo. The 2nd of May is normally not part of the “Golden Week” holiday period, and often falls on a regular …

Butokuden godogeiko 合同稽古会@武徳殿

For the past maybe five years or so, at the start of April every year, I’ve been attending a large godo-geiko session at the famed Butokuden in Kyoto. I think last year was the first time I wrote a small article and shared info on the event. I don’t really have much to add on last years article (except for the fact that there were too many random people attending so they decided to make it a more closed affair this year), so let me simply move swiftly on to sharing a small gallery of pics from the session…

March Madness 狂気の沙汰

Whew, what a month. March has always been a busy month for me, both work-wise and kendo-wise, but this year has been… too much. Kendo-wise my club took part in four shiai (three university invitationals and a local competition) plus we hosted a five-school renshujiai. Work-wise, things started with the usual high-school entrance exam craziness, then things got more hectic as this year my school hosted an International Science Conference (it sounds more grandiose that is was!), which robbed another whole week away from me. In amongst all this my 1.5 year old daughter got sick and – after she …

Embu 演武

The window for applying for this years Kyoto Taikai has finished. I have been attending now for over 15 years, taking pictures and cataloguing my experiences here on kenshi 24/7. Unexpectedly, my first experience of actual participation was in the koryu section, not the kendo one… way back in 2009 I think it was.