Kendo

What is Kendo?

“Perfect, they are all perfect” says the actor Ken Watanabe while acting as Katsumoto in the movie ‘The Last Samurai’.  He is dying and watching sakura flowers also known as Cherry Blossoms – he is dying and cherishing this last moment of pure harmony.  Samurai were not afraid of death.  It was a part of […]

What is Iaido?

Iaido is one of the Japanese traditional Budo concerned with drawing the blade and cutting in the same motion. (Budo means martial arts or military arts in Japan). A typical form consists of the draw and cut, a finishing cut, cleaning the blade and returning it to the scabbard, all without looking away from the […]

Learning Kendo

Kendo is a Japanese word for “The way of the sword”. “Ken” means sword and “Do” means ‘the way.’  It originated and developed in Japan from the time of the Samurai warrior.  The Samurai in ancient Japan were highly skilled warriors who protected their feudal lords from the time of the 8th century through to […]

History of Iaido

The Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū included Iaijutsu in its curriculum in the 15th century. The first schools dedicated exclusively to sword drawing appeared some time during the late 16th or early 17th century. Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu (1546–1621) is generally credited with as being the originator of the first dedicated school of sword drawing. […]

Jodo

The Jo is a weapon made of Japanese White Oak and is 128 cm in length. Jodo is a traditional martial art of Japan, aimed at self defence against an attacking swordsman. Jodo enables you to suppress your enemy’s offence and to give him a lesson without inflicting a wound in return. It is practiced mainly […]

Naginata

Naginata can be enjoyed by men or women, from the youngest preschooler to the oldest senior citizen. Naginata has as its aim the training of technique, the polishing of the spirit, the enhancement of the will, and the nurturing of the body. The techniques of the Naginata are practiced on both sides of the body […]
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