Yamaoka Tesshu – the Swordsman, Calligrapher and Zen Teacher

Thanks to a fellow kendo dojo member, I recently started reading the life story of Yamaoka Tesshu (山岡 鉄舟, 1836-1888), a master swordsman, calligrapher and Zen Continue reading

“Kendo in Japanese Martial Culture: Swordsmanship as Self-Cultivation” – Jeffrey Dann’s Ph.D. Thesis

I came across some old notes regarding a Ph.D. Thesis which investigated kendo from a cultural perspective that I had read many years ago.  If you are interested in a Continue reading