Kendo Articles Translated by Ted Imoto Sensei

Ted Imoto is a Sensei with the Industry Sheriff’s Kendo Dojo (ISKD) located in the City of Industry, California (east of L.A.) who has translated a number of informative articles on kendo from Japanese to English.  Courtesy of Imoto Sensei, his articles are provided below (Thank you!) in PDF format and under the following categories:

  • Philosophical Articles
  • Fundamentals
  • Principles
  • Striking, datotsu
  • Waza
  • Kata

Most of them are also posted on the ISKD site.  Enjoy!

Philosophical Articles

  1. “Bushido & Christianity” by Arimasa Kubo,(PDF, 5 pages)
  2. “Three Morning Talks about Kendo (The Art of Kendo, The Art of Earning a Living, The Art of Living)” by Ichiro Yano, 1964 (PDF, 6 pages).
  3. “Pursuing Life Time Kendo” by Ishihara Tadayoshi (石原忠美) and Okamura Tadanori (岡村忠典) sensei (先生),(from a book titled”Ensō no Fūkō (円相の風光) from KendoJidai (剣道時代) magazine – Pleasant Chat (歓談)), 1998, (PDF, 4 pages).


  1. “Rational Method of Handling Shinai,” (PDF, 4 pages)
  2. “Kendo Terms with Illustration” (PDF, 5 pages)


  1. “Kendo Script” by Takano Sasaburō (高野佐三郎) Sensei, (PDF, 5 pages)”
    1. KYŌHŌSHINTOKU(教法心得) for PRACTICING KENDO (Understanding Teaching Principles for Practicing Kendo) (PDF)  Published by 国際社会人剣道クラブ (International Society of Kendo Club)
  2. Chiba Sensei’s Kendo Perfect Master, YouTube (Transcription) (PDF, 7 pages).

Striking, Datotsu

  1. “A Study of DATOTSU Movement in Kendo,” by Eishi Kidera (PDF, 4 pages)
  2. Studies of Body Movements in Kendo Men,” by Imafuku Ichiju, 2012. (PDF, 7 pages)
  3. “Why Men Uchi is Essential in Kendo,” (PDF, 7 pages)


  1. “ŌjiWaza-Men(剣道教室-7) by Ogawa Haruki Sensei (PDF, 15 pages)
  2. “Waza-Tsubazeriai(剣道教室)1”, by Ogawa Haruki Sensei (PDF, 9 pages)
  3. “Waza-Kote(剣道教室-1),” by Ogawa Haruki Sensei (PDF, 9 pages)
  4. “Waza-Dō(剣道教室-1),” by Ogawa Haruki Sensei (PDF, 7 pages)
  5. “ShikakeWaza-Men(剣道教室-1),” by Ogawa Haruki Sensei, (PDF, 10 pages)


  1. “Meaning of Kendo Kata,” (PDF, 6 pages)



Links to External Japanese Articles and Sites on Kendo (日本語での議事などのリンク)

剣道に関する議事(Articles in Japanese)



他には (Misc)

剣道用語辞典(Kendo Sayings in Japanese)

剣道に関するサイト (Sites in Japanese)

Links to External Videos

On tenouchi 手の内

On How to Strike Various Hits

On Jodan






External English Articles and Sites on Kendo

Here’s a compilation of articles (with links for most of them) and sites on various aspects of kendo: tactics, semeshinsa, general guides, mechanics and refereeing.


State of Mind (Mind Training)


Handbooks, Guidebooks