2015 in review 2015年に振り返る

Another year done! Unlike the end of last year where I basically didn’t stop kendo, this year I am spending the entire holiday period back home in the highlands of Scotland (where I’m posting this from now). This means that, for the first time in who knows how long, I’m actually taking a couple of weeks of keiko…. I may die!

Since I’ve nothing to do here except drink whisky, eat (veggie) haggis, toss cabers, and frolic with sheep, I thought I’d do a wee review of the past year in kenshi 24/7 land. Here we go…

p.s. the featured image shows Urquhart castle on the shores of Loch Ness.

Most popular articles

Here are a small handful of this years most popular articles:

* Takano Hiromasa’s keys to the improvement in kendo
* Sensei
* Victory and defeat: 15 points
* One should always be ready for snakes and demons
* Ogawa Kinnosuke
* Doing kendo in Japan
* Towards the true internationalisation of kendo
* Thoughts on the internationalisation of kendo

To view all the articles from this year go here: http://kenshi247.net/blog/2015/



This year saw the publication of our seventh book, Teikoku Kendo Kyohon – The Kendo Textbook of imperial Japan. It was extremely well received and represents the pinnacle of publications put together by yours truly.

For full information about the book including how to pick one up, please check out it’s dedicated site here: http://kendo-book.com/teikoku-kendo-kyohon/


Korea vs America

I didn’t really attend many events this year and, thinking about it, I don’t really attend any anyway! This year was slightly different in that the 16th WKC was held in Tokyo at the end of May. Another thing, though not an “event” for anyone else than me, was my “warrior’s pilgrimage” in Tokyo.

* Kyoto taikai
* World kendo championships
* Musha shugyo


What can I say? The kenshi 24/7 led Eikenkai keiko sessions just keep getting better and better! If you are coming to Osaka next year and there is an Eikenkai event on, please feel free to come and join us.

My favourite pictures from the year

Pretty much every non-historical picture used on this website is taken by myself or a friend, by iPhone or whatever. I personally try hard to illustrate articles with attractive and hopefully content-related pictures. Here are a handful of uploaded pictures that I particularly like:


So, I was contacted by ESPN to help on their “Evolution of the lightsaber duel” documentary. I really added almost zero to the project but this website URL and my name are in the credits!!! Bonus! If you haven’t seen it already check it out.


I just want to say thanks to everyone who visits the website, whether you are someone who has been reading since 2008 or a new reader in 2015. It is pretty hard work putting together articles constantly, and it takes up a lot of my time… but as long as there are people out there who look forward to reading my stuff I will soldier on!

Hope you are having a great holiday period and I wish you will in 2016. Kampai!

– George

Summer break 里帰り

Just a quick status update – yours truly will be going home to Scotland for 3 weeks over the summer (from Tuesday!) so there will be a break in the regular posting schedule and facebook updates… apologies!! I did intend to write another post this week, but I ended up doing loads of keiko (14 sessions) so I ended up with no time. Oops!

If you are starved for kendo reading during this time don’t worry: we have 7 years of archives and have published a bunch of quality kendo books (available in print or digital). Hopefully there is enough reading here to keep even the most voracious reader occupied!!

Also, if you happen to be in Edinburgh on the 2nd and 3rd of August please feel free to come to the 3rd Eikenkai Edinburgh Kendo Kihon Seminar run by yours truly.

Have a good summer and remember to hydrate before, during, and after keiko!

Mini update

At the start of 2014 I renewed the website, changing the theme (simplifying) and archiving post of the pre-2013 articles. However, quite a few people got in touch with me (in public and private) to bemoan the loss of those older articles.

Bending to this pressure I have re-categorised, reformatted, and re-instated almost all of the older articles in the 2008-2012 range.

If you are looking for a particular article and can’t find it, the reason is one of the following:

  • The article wasn’t very good and has been permanently deleted.
  • It is being revised and re-formatted for future publication.
  • I’m lazy and haven’t gotten around to it (least likely)!

I’m not 100% satisfied with the new theme so may experiment more with it during the year.

Cheers for reading kenshi 24/7. If you enjoy the content please share with your friends. Cheers!