This article is on an issue that I pay close attention to for myself (as described later) and for others at the
dojo where I practice at: a “tight” right arm. I see it often among the Continue reading
I wrote this article as an aid for me to learn the “Practice Methods of Basic Kendo Techniques with a
(wooden sword)” developed by the All Japan Kendo Federation bokuto Continue reading
Here’s a brief summary of pointers from a portion of a Southern Californian Kendo Federation (SCKF) seminar given by Kamei Toru (Hanshi 8 dan) back in 2012 at Torrance, California in
this 12:16 min video [Kamei Kiri-Kaeshi]. It is on the topic of kiri-kaeshi (切り返し ) Continue reading
This article highlights some pointers and videos on a fundamental component of
fumikomi known as hikitsuke (引付) – courtesy of a number of sensei’s. An experimental Continue reading
From a distance I thought this was a twig. What a camouflage! Aug 2020.
A member of the
dojo where I practice at asked me to teach her a particular form of fumikomi and seme that I sometimes use. Where my right foot and body slides forward Continue reading
This article has a twofold purpose. It describes a ballet technique, known as the
chassé, which can serve as an exercise to strengthen one’s hikitsuke (the fast follow-up of the Continue reading
Drawing and edamame dumbbells by Ophie and Tomoe, Jan 2020.
A lecture video by Takumi Chikamoto (Kyoshi 7th dan)
[Chikamoto Lecture], forwarded to me by a sensei, prompted this article. I found the video very informative and helpful Continue reading
A common pitfall in kendo is the under-use of the left hand and over-use of the right hand
[KendoInfo LeftHand] [KendoInfo RightHand]. You may have heard many sensei‘s Continue reading
This is a brief summary of teachings and recommendations on the relative grip strengths for the hands and digits.