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This page is a collection of questions and answers about kendo; Kendo Q&A. 

Since kendo is not as popular as it should be, there are not many instructors that kendo practitioners can ask questions of, in countries other than Japan.

Besides, due to a traditional kendo training method, many kendo-ka do not know why we do what we do. 

The traditional training method is "do what teachers tell us to do without asking them why". This is a great method to improve skills but is a great way to lose traditions such as the philosophy behind the skills. 

On top of it, since kendo is not very popular yet, many want to ask about kendo. I am sure that there are many people who have the same kinds of questions.

Here I would like to share the questions and the answers about kendo with you.

You can now ask questions here directly!

And if you have answers, go ahead and answer some questions.

We are here to prevent wrong ideas about kendo from taking over the real kendo.

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Do You Have to Wear Keikogi and Hakama from the Start or Not? 
How is the true rule for a junior start practice the roots of kendo ? Can he use kendogoi when he starts the way of kendo? Is prohibited using kendogi …

What do I do if my instructor is teaching me wrong? 
My Karate sansei is also my Kendo instructor. Although very advanced and worthy of great respect in Karate, he self-admits he is a "beginner" in Kendo. …

Full Contact in Kendo 
I have been doing kendo for about 8 months now (so I am a very new beginner), but I also practice regular weightlifting and would like to use my size and …

Ai Men and Debana Men, the difference. 
As far as I know, Ai Men is simultaneous Men attack from both players and Debana Men is when one reacts intuitively and attack Men before the other starts …

Kendo and Kumdo 
I have a 2nd dan blackbelt in Taekwondo and have been helping teach classes. I also teach Chen Taiqi and Taiqi sword. Our school started a Saturday …

How to maintain a smoked shinai 
Just wondering how to properly maintain a smoked shinai. Do I need to oil it? I went through several articles online. Some suggests oiling the smoked …

Leg's width in kamae. 
I'm not sure about the proper words to explain my doubt today, but let's try. Talking about legs, I've noticed that there are different ways of standing …

Bent shinai 
I have a short practical question. Is there any way to fix a shinai that is bending? A fellow kenshi realized about it today, my sinai is bending towards …

Different kinds of Kiai 
Hello again, Imafuji-sensei. My question today may be silly, but perhaps you find something worthy to mention. I've noticed that there are many …

Enzan no Metsuke and Eye Contact 
Hello Imafuji-sensei, I’m going to do another strange question haha. Now, my question regards the concept of Enzan no Metsuke and eye contact. In kendo, …

Mushin and Shikake Waza! 
Hello Imafuji-sensei, my question regards the concept of shikake waza contrasted with that of the Mushin. After putting some thoughts in the concept …

wanting to learn a discipline 
I'm interested in learning kendo, but more importantly nine kendo. Sadly in where I live there isn't a dojo that teaches it. But, from what I've read Miyamoto …

Starting Kendo. 
Hey Hiro, my name is Sam and I'm 17 and looking to start kendo. I live in Launceston, Tasmania (Australia) and to my knowledge, there are little to no …

Any advice for someone who loves Kendo but has very very poor eyesight.  
I have extremely poor eyesight and have very little depth perception (as I do not have 'stereo-vision' so glasses and contacts do not help a great deal). …

What do/should I wear under the Hakama?  
I'm just being super curios! That being said, to be honest, I don't know what to wear either! Please help! Thanks. Answer: Thanks for your question! …

Relying on a few techniques or having a variety? 
The most interesting part of kendo training for me is the practice of oji-waza. Though I consider myself a beginner, with 2 years and a half of kendo practice, …

Glasses for training...yes or no? 
I have a small question. In my everyday life I wear glasses, for reading, driving, working. I never tried wearing my glasses for keiko, I'm not sure …

Back problems 
I am looking for a martial art that would allow me to train with mild back pain. Would Kendo be suitable? Regards, Maciek Answer : Thank you …

Starting Kendo Club 
There is no Kendo school/club for about 350km. I was studying Kendo about 12 years ago (for about 2 years training 6 hours per week) and really want to …

Keiko approach as a beginner 
Dear Imafuji Sensei Again, I'd like to start by thanking you for sharing all this knowledge and teachings. It's a great complement to actual training, …

I want to create a Kendo training group in my town 
Good evening. My name is Sergio. I am 31 and since I started with Iaido back in January I would like to combine both practices, Iaido and Kendo. My …

Is it right for me to start kendo? 
I'm 16 at the moment and have recently found an interest in starting kendo. I would preferably like to start once I've finished exams in July as at the …

Average tenugui for kendo 
Hello! I'm happy to have come across your site. I'm a newbie in Kendo, less than 6 months practicing, but we have recently started to use a …

Practicing at Home 
Hi, my name is Alyson and I'm a big fan of this website! I'm a freshman in college and joined my school's kendo team at the beginning of the 2015 fall …

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Two Types of Seizas? What is Mokuso then? 
Hi Imafuji Sensei! First of all, I'd like to thank you for your generosity. I've learned a lot of things going through your videos, explanations and …

What sport should I practice besides Kendo? 
I want to start kendo. But I also want to practise other martial arts what martial art should I practice in cooperation with kendo? Like what martial arts …

Need help beginning  
I really want to begin learning kendo, but I don't know how I should pace myself. Where should I begin and stop a lesson? When should I move on to the …

Training Different Cut Sizes and Styles 
Hi there and thank you for offering your knowledge through this site! I am very confused about the different sizes and styles of cuts and how to train …

Left calf pain the day after Kendo, will it get worse? 
Firstly, thank you for your lovely, informative site! Now, I have just begun kendo (1 session a week for 4 weeks). Unfortunately, after the last …

Afraid of starting kendo 
I really want to start something like kendo. It's been a dream of mine for a while now. I have tried other things (not related to kendo at all) in the …

Kendo age restriction 
There's this kendo club called Kobudokan and it said you have to be 16 or over to join. It's the closest kendo club to me (takes 26 mins to travel there). …

Showing Respect in Kendo 
Recently, there is a ranked practitioner that is to say the least; out of line; when we were practicing one on one. As you know, I am 70 years (good …

Possible for a mom with 2 Kids to practise kendo? 
I want to start kendo but I'm a mom of 2 kids. Do you think this would benefit me or take up too much time? Answer : Thank you for your question and …

Where Should I Go - Dojo Size 
I was practiced in one of the US largest dojo before. However, I moved to another state that doesn’t have lots of dojo to choose. They are unfortunately …

Kendo Flat Feet 
Hi sensei, I currently have flat feet. It can be hard sometimes for me to strike from the balls of my feet. I was wondering if that would affect …

Waiting period from sho dan to ni dan for older people. 
Hi Sensei, I am 64 years old and passed sho dan test in Jan, 2015. When can I test for ni dan? Some people said that the waiting period for people …

What should I get as a beginner? 
I'm thinking about starting kendo in the next couple of months. I don't have any of the gear yet because I want the opinion of someone that has been doing …

Is Kendo good for older slower people? 
I hope you don't get asked this question a lot. I was born in Japan, and moved to the USA when young. I have an interest in Kendo, but I am now 55 years …

Head Concussions related to Kendo Practice 
Hi Sensei: Rick Abrams here in Tucson. As you may be aware; there has been significant controversy within the NFL (Football League) relative to brain …

Kendo kata #6 
Sensei, while reading Inoue Yoshihiko's book Kendo Kata: Essence and Application Translated by Alex Bennett on page 167 question #6 states that suriage …

What to do when I cant train? 
So I recently had a pretty big injury on my left ankle. The doctors have told me no Shiai fighting, and my Sensei has told me that he doesn’t want me to …

Would kendo be the right sport for me? 
Hello, my name is Stephanie, I am 16 years old and I was wondering if kendo would be the right sport for me. So ever since I was 11, I used to practice …

Is it possible to use my own stance? 
I have never tried Kendo before but I really want to give it a go. But I have done a bit of research and all the styles and stances seem very rigid and …

teachers 
I have been doing kendo four 5 weeks and my teacher told me that I am starting to piss him off. What do I do? Answer: Thank you for your post and …

Am I not doing enough? 
I have been in Kendo for 6 months. I have already gotten my men, and all of the protective gear. But when I am talking to my sensei he tells me about …

How to build reaction time? 
Hey my name is Matthew Cooper. I'm a 1st kyu from Australia. I have an issue, mainly with shiai and jigeko. The issue is that my reaction is rather …

How can I tie a tasuki or mejirushi for shiai ? 
Is it possible to have a video explaining how one should proceed to tie the knot with the red or white ribbon on the do himo for shiai ? Thank you ! …

What do I do when Im not getting any praise  
Hi, my name is John, I have been doing kendo for the almost 2 years now. Not a lot of time I know. I'm a member of a small club, I was the second member …

Correct footwork in kirikaeshi 
Hello Sensei. I hope you can help me clear up a question regarding kirikaeshi. I have had different people tell me different things, and even the videos …

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Should I do kendo? 
Hi, so I've been wanting to do kendo for a long time but there are no dojo's in my city. The nearest one is 150 miles away. Would this be worth the money …

Shidachi in Kendo No.7. Cannot kneel down so what to do in the standing position 
Sensei, Due to bad knees and arthritic feet, I cannot drop down into the kneeling position as shidachi in Nanahonme in kata. The regular kata requires …

Problems with my Obi! 
I've been attending classes for a few weeks now and my greatest enemy is my uniform! Namely, my obi. I don't have much of a figure. In fact, I'm pretty …

Can I train kendo despite my rheumatism?  
I have rheumatism that has affected my neck and my left foot. I have gotten rid of almost all problems with my neck thanks to rehabilitation-exercises …

Other experience need to do kendo? 
Do I need experience in (for example) in martial arts or any other fighting style? Answer: Good question! Thank you for asking this question. The …

Should I wear kendogi/hakama in beginner classes  
I want to start kendo and I just wanted to know if it would be better to wear pants or shorts and a shirt to a beginner class or if I should wear a kendo …

Can I do Kendo 
Okay so my main concern is that I'm a girl a bit stupid but most of the people I see in the classes in videos are boys. And I have heard of girl taking …

Bogu Size Questions (already made or custom made) 
I'm a twenty year old female student and my sensei told me that I’m ready to start wearing bogu. I've been practicing since last fall. I'm on a bit …

How can I tell the difference between a shinai that needs replacing or a shinai that needs sanding and oiling? 
How can I tell the difference between a shinai that needs replacing or a shinai that needs sanding and oiling? Answer: Thanks for your question. You …

Starting time 
I am 16 years old and i want to start kendo. Am I too old to start and what is the best time to start training? Answer: Please click here to reed …

how can i see what strike my opponent is going to strike 
How can I see what strike my opponent is going to strike? I wonder how I can see what strike my opponent is going to strike. Answer: It is a good …

Dangerous behaviour 
There is a person in the kendo club that I attend that has dangerous actions while doing kendo it is like lazy kendo. E.g. when someone is too much or …

How to have a swift and strong swing? 
At my dojo, I noticed that other people's strikes were very swift and accurate. However, my arms get very tense and I end up locking my left elbow whenever …

Kendo Toolip 
Hi, I want to incorporate kendo toolip with dynamic content using MVVM, but i am not able to push data to content or title of tooltip from viewmodel …

Drills I can do at home? 
I just started my kendo classes this weekend (yay!) and I really want to be good. Should I practice the basic strikes in my free time at home? Or should …

do I have to shout in Kendo to pratice it? 
As I am the sort of person that if I do I rather strike quietly or I may grunt at worst or breath out through my nose. Can I strike quietly or will …

what is the preferred weight for kendo? 
I want to try and get into kendo but I am overweight and want to know what weight I should be. Answer: Thanks for your question. There is no weight …

How do the wrists move during a strike? 
Dear Sensei, My Iaido sensei told me to keep the wrists firm during a cut. I tried this also for kendo founding that my strike is more controlled but …

Kamon for a non-Japanese Kendoka 
Can a non-Japanese kendoka wear a kamon on their do? Is it suitable to pick a kamon and use it or is there a rule to follow on what kamon to use (for a …

Studies Related to Head Injuries in Kendo 
There have been a lot of news reports recently about head injuries in sports. It's long been known that the repeated blows received by boxers cause long-term …

Am I too short to do kendo? 
I am 17, and a girl but the biggest concern is I am 4'8. Many people say that I will be doomed to loose. Am I too short? Answer: Thank you for your …

A weird question^^ 
Dear Masahiro (Hiro) Imafuji, I have been receiving your emails. Therefore, thanking for that. I want to ask you a question which I have still wondered. …

One hand only 
Hi I was born with my left hand without finger, is it possible for me to get Kendo training too? I am not afraid of difficulty. I have figured out my ways …

Hit them while they are down? 
I started kendo a few months ago, and yesterday I watched a junior high school tournament for the first time. There was something that happened that …

Violet Tsuru 
Is violet Tsuru allowed in Kendo competition? Answer: Thank you for your question. Violet is like purple, right? Then it should be OK. I remember …

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I really want to learn kendo but there are problems. 
I'm 16 and I am afraid of what others in the dojo might say or think, as I am far from being fit for sport, and am really overweight and slow. I am really …

Would it be worth it to try to start Kendo? 
I am a 16 year old boy who does epee fencing, and I was wondering if Kendo is worth a try. Are there any skills or techniques that carry over? And …

All Eastern US Kendo Federation? 
It seems that dojos in MA are part of the All Eastern US Kendo Federation, but this federation has no website, just a person’s email address. And I can't …

Should I try Kendo? 
I'm a short fourteen year old girl looking for a way to exercise. My mom and my doctor both want me doing some sort of activity, but I find it hard. Running …

Dojo Trouble and Advice for Newbies 
So I've been wanting to learn kendo for a while now. I found a dojo that I really like and even got to do a trial lesson there (I loved it ^-^.) The …

Combining kendo and Iaido (for example) 
I am very eager to learn Kendo at some point, as soon as I can find a dojo to train at. I'm also very interested in Iaido, which obviously is very …

Weak shoulder 
If my shoulder is weak from an earlier dislocation, do you recommend taking kendo? Answer : Thank you for your question. First of all, I am not a doctor. …

Strength 
If I practice kendo which part of my body will get stronger or longer? For instance if you practice taekwondo your legs will get both stronger and longer. …

Kirikaeshi history 
Do you know how kirikaeshi was invented and why kirikaeshi is so important in kendo? Why exactly that form (sayumen)? What does kirikaeshi means in kanji? …

Tips to washing hakama? 
I wanted to ask if you had any tips to first wash the hakama to further prevent it from bleeding. I have seen many of the Q&A from this site and …

Help with kendo terms 
I have a copy of the Official Guide for Kendo Instruction which includes a glossary of terms in chapter 11. Can anyone direct me to a listening resource …

Live in Japan and Train Kendo 
I want to live and train in Japan. What should I do it? Answer: Thank you for asking. You have to go to Japan first. Probably you have a few options …

Bow to shomen: formality or not 
A month ago I visited a dojo where they do not bow to shomen in the beginning and end of training. The instructor of the dojo thinks the bow is a kind …

How to train speed 
How to train speed They say that in kendo speed means striking in time, i.e. when your opponent is not ready. Nevertheless can we train the speed itself …

Kendo and Lumbar disc herniations 
Almost two years ago I had a surgery for a lumbar disc herniations (L5-S1) the disc slipped out about 1cm so they had to cut it out. It took several months …

personal feelings and kendo 
This question may seem stupid, but I'll be very happy if I'll get some sort of answer. This question is not about waza, not about shiai, but about …

Weird strikes in shiai 
Very often during shiai we can see some weird strikes, e.g. kote is often executed with curved posture. Like on this picture from FIK website: http://www.kendo-fik.org/en …

To get shiai review 
Is it rude or not to ask a judge some questions when shiai is over? I mean asking such questions like "What was bad in my shiai?", "why wasn't my kote …

How Old to Start Kendo? 
I've really developed an interest in kendo lately, and I want to learn kendo, but I'm only 14 years old. I don't have any kendo experience and I'm afraid …

What happens when you are in a fight? 
I have a great interest in learning kendo but my question is this... you mentioned that one should take up another art for self-defense. Then what exactly …

What to do when unable to fully sit in Seiza? 
I am interested in starting Kendo. I have a background in martial arts but I am just out from rehabilitation from a knee surgery (ACL reconstruction). …

How can I know if my mokuso respiration is good? 
Good evening Sensei, I am Italian, and cause to the too much expensive dojos in my area, I can't practice kendo in a gym, but thanking you, I can begin …

Held Back 
I've been taking kendo at my local university for about a year now. I was graded to get my bogu but unfortunately I failed. Unlike the other students who …

Improving footwork. 
I just restarted kendo after 6 months of rest. I've noticed that I'm pretty slow compared to other people in the dojo I'm attending. When we do drills …

Drawings for kendo contests  
I have just wondered if there was any source where I could find rules of making the drawing for the individual and team competitions in kendo champs. …

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Shinai length, stomping steps and ai-techniques 
I have some questions about shinai length, stomping steps, ai-techniques and some behavior in kendo: 1) I've read that shinai basically is a training …

Alternate stances 
In kendo there are several forms that one can use to practice kendo. The most common are the forms with 1 sword in chuu-dan no kamae. But there are …

Basic Men Uchi 
I'm sorry for asking such an elementary question in here, but it's been a long time since I practiced my basics... For a basic men uchi, we move the shinai …

Jodan Etiquette: What to say when you take Jodan 
I have a question regarding etiquette in ken dō when taking jōdan . But before that, allow me to talk a little bit about my belief. I …

The Kendo Environment. 
I'm a 14 year old  American girl, looking into kendo. I was just wondering what the environment is really like in kendp. Would it be different for me, …

Kendo and creativity 
First of all, sorry for my bad English. I'm Brazilian. But more importantly, thanks a lot for the site. It's helping me a lot. Now to the question. …

What to do in a first match 
I started kendo 3 months ago. 1 month ago I had my first kyu exam and I passed. My sensei decided to give me bogu and I will have my first practice with …

Is Kendo a good form of exercise? 
I'm really interested in learning Kendo and I wanted to know if it builds muscle and if it's a good form of exercise like other martial arts. I understand …

Hantei 
Can you please tell us about Hantei? What is it exactly, and when is it used? Kendo-Guide.Com : Thanks for your post. Hantei is a decision made …

can you practice basic footwork on carpet? 
I am trying to practice basic footwork in my house, but it has carpet. Will that impend my progress? Answer: Thank you for your post. If you are a …

how do you win in a kendo match? 
I'm am just now learning kendo from your website, and heard kendo counts as a sport. How do you win? Answer: Thank you for your post. Kendo has tournament …

The best training duration 
What is the best training duration in your opinion? I don't know if it is true but I've read that usually in Japan one training session lasts for 1 …

What to do about a Kendo bully? 
I am a beginner student, barely into my third year of Kendo. I have not taunted anyone or been mean, but a guy seems to have singled me out to pick on. …

Hurt Left foot. Impacts ability to train 
I hurt my left foot during practice on Saturday, November 6th. The toe next to my big toe was bend backwards but did not break. My Doctor suggested …

How To Train Kikentaiichi 
What are some ways to train your Ki-ken-tai-icchi at home? Sorry if it seems an awkward question. Answer: Thanks for your post. It is not an awkward …

How do I know if my kote is too small 
I've just bought my first bogu but kote seems to be too small. My sensei said that it will break in, but he hasn't seen how it fits my arm yet (he's …

What is Hikitate geiko? 
Can you please advise what hikitategeiko in kendo is? Answer: Thank you for your post. Hikitate - geiko has two parts. Hikitate and keiko . …

Age for kendo 
I would like to start practicing kendō but I am 35. Do you think it is still good to develop a good level of practice? With thanks Pierre …

Back pain when wearing men 
I have bad posture, probably from working in front of a computer all day, but it is something I'm working on.  However, whenever I put on my …

Kendo Romanji and Kanji 
I tried several ways to find kanji related to kendo but is more difficult that I was thinking it would be. The words Kendo is not difficult to find …

Kendo and reality 
One of my friends was doing kendo about 3 years and quit.  He says that kendo is not real. That we have rules in kendo but in real world samurais …

One shiai occurrence 
Recently I watched one championship among kyu holders, judges were 1-2 dan holders. I noticed that hiki techniques and do was not counted at all. (Though …

Order of bows at the beginning/end of training 
In your article “Normal Training Procedure” it is pointed that we bow to the shomen, sensei and each other at the beginning of training and bow to Sensei, …

What is the meaning of hanshi, renshi, kyoshi 
I often hear the titles hanshi, renshi or kyoshi used but was never quite certain what they meant. Unfortunately, the information on the web is a …

How to hold your shinai when sensei is giving out instructions? 
How to hold your shinai when sensei is giving out instructions? Before a drill, sensei will take a minute or two to demonstrate the drill, explain …

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Timing is off. What am I doing wrong? 
Recently, I have a lot of trouble with my timing. When I see an opening, my body won't listen to me for no reason. Is there anything I'm missing? …

Training kendo at the beach? 
Sometimes I cannot go to the dojo because of work, but even when I do most of the times I don't feel completely worn out after keiko. So I like to train …

Training with shoes on 
I found a nice place to practice close to my house where I can concentrate. The only thing is that the floor is not suitable for being bare-footed. …

left hand near the tsuba 
I'm left handed. Is it ok to have my left hand near the tsuba? Answer: That would be no. Please read “Why is the left hand more dominant …

How to understand sensei in jigeiko?  
During jigeiko with high ranked sensei sometimes it occurs that sensei slaps your shinai away, doesn't allow going through after strike but pushes you …

Should there be any "play" in your left hand in the transition from raising the long sword to initiating a cut? 
I have two questions that kind of relate (at least in my mind) to the fundamental way I cut with my sword. I am a beginner, and as I watched and read …

Thinking too much? 
I recently had a shiai with my master's son. I seem to wait too long when I try to see his opening. He says I think too much. But, I really was not thinking …

What if motodachi failes during grading exam? 
Recently I saw kyu grading exam performance where motodachi didn't manage to play his role well.  He opened do instead of men (as a result kakarite …

Types of kakari-geiko 
I was wondering what the name for the drill used in the 4:17 minute from this video . It looks like kakari-geiko but the Sensei says something …

How to do these motions and other names for them? 
How do you do fast motion, one motion, two motion, and three motion? And are there different names for the motions? I'm not very familiar with Japanese. …

Kendo among other martial arts 
1) Today there are many budo clubs, groups and many different martial arts types taught. What important things does kendo have for people to choose …

Potential Unlocked? 
I actually beat an extremely experienced 2nd dan that was stronger than me by a lot. I also beat other dans as well in my dojo (They are all from my dojo). …

How to tie the kote knots 
How do you tie your knots on your kotes? Any help please? Kendo-Guide.Com:  I am not an expert so I would like to introduce some resources. 1. …

Kendo and weight loss 
Does Kendo training help people lose weight or stay in reasonable shape? The reason I ask is because I think it would be a fun way of losing weight …

New in bogu and strikes are painful? 
Hi, just a quick question I guess - I'm coming to a point in Kendo where I'm starting to get into bogu (like, try on club stuff for practise). However …

Shinai size in comparison to the wielder's height, age, and weight. 
I have seen the chart for shinai sizes in comparison to the wielder's height, weight, and age.  However, I was wondering two things.  First of …

Can we use different styles (kamae) in shiai? 
Can we use a different style in between shiai in one competition or tournament? e.g.: 1. I use itto (one sword) style in the first match, and I …

Ways to handle physical issues with haya-suburi? 
One of the other entries about haya-suburi made me wonder about one of the physical issues I have been having with haya-suburi. I had asthma as a …

Questions About Jodan 
I am new to Kendo. I have been doing it for the greater part of the year. I don't have a dojo, just a collegiate Kendo club with a senior student and …

How big does a sparring area need to be? 
My friend and I who are both doing Kendo are about to be able to start sparring soon and we want to be able to spar outside of the dojo in our own …

Movements between techniques during exam 
During grading exam what kind of movements should we take between techniques: we should move evenly and calmly or as quickly as possible? I mean for …

Spine-related diseases in kendo 
I've got a question about general diseases in Kendo, not injuries. Probably it is a kind of coincidence but in our group we have about 20-30% of all …

A little more about sonkyo 
In your article ' How to Take Chudan: Draw Your Sword' it is described how we sit in sonkyo. It is pointed that after taito we draw our sword out and …

Japanese armor (yoroi) question and more 
1. Do you know much about old Japanese armor creation, or do you know of any good books on say 16-17th century Japanese armor and how to make them? …

Order of some actions 
I've got some questions about order of actions before we put bogu on and after we take it off. 1. Is there any order when we are knotting do himo? …

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Different types of bow 
I'd like to ask you about zarei between partners, probably not very kendo-relative since we are making ritsu rei between partners in kendo. When …

What happens if the shinai falls down in a match? 
In a kendo match, a kendoka gets hit on his shinai and his shinai falls down on the ground...I’m confused this part. Should he continue the match? …

When is enough Zanshin for Jodan  
Can you please tell me what is considered "GOOD ZANSHIN " for different jōdan no kamae techniques? For example : Zanshin …

Performing kendo kata during exam 
Performing kendo kata during exam As you mentioned in kata relative articles when performing kendo kata we need to control distances all …

Kyu exam 
When do you think a beginner in kendo should take a kyu exam? I have been forced into an extensive training followed by two exams. I am the 4th …

How can you tell about good instructor or not? 
What qualities should a good instructor have? Thank you. Answer: Wow. That is a hard question. Usually, in Japan if one starts bragging about …

What about Tameshigiri? 
Zenhihon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR) has Kendo (fencing) Seitei Iai (drawing the sword) even Jodo (short staff) but no Tameshi-giri  (test cutting). …

Feet position in seiza 
 What is the correct feet position when we are sitting in seiza in kendo ?: when left and right big toes are close but not one over another; when …

Aggression in shiai 
I am not very aggressive while in shiai and my instructor says that I should be attacking all the time. To demonstrate this, he gave us a "lesson" …

Dojo plan 
I'd like to ask you to draw a "standard" dōjō  plan with pointing its areas. (Or maybe to give a link where such dojo plan is shown.)  …

Kenjutsu website 
Is there a website like this one, but for kenjutsu ? Answer: I don't know. Sorry. Anyone?

Kendo and Kenjutsu 
What is the difference between Kendo and Kenjutsu , besides the difference in gear? Answer: Kenjutsu is "the technique of the Sword" and kendo …

Sexist vs Gender Roles 
I've got some organizational question. In our dojo boys and girls train together. And before and after training we line up in the order according our …

When sweat gets into eyes 
If we train hard sometimes it happens that sweat gets into eyes and it stings. When we have jigeiko series without resting that is the most actual. …

How can I get back in shape?  
I came back to my dōjō for the first time after a few weeks. I could barely beat the people who I fought in shiai  (people I could beat …

What is the appropriate way to hold your tenugui before putting it on? 
What is the appropriate way to hold your tenugui before putting it on? Should the Japanese words ( kanji ) face others or should it face yourself so …

Solo Practice with a "Real" Sword 
I only recently started Kendo, perhaps only three or four weeks ago. One night, our instructor had us do one hundred haya suburi . Realizing I …

Ankle Stretches for Sitting in Seiza 
When my son sits in seiza his ankles do not stretch far enough to lie flat on the floor.  Do you know any exercises to stretch the ankles so that he …

the way to put tenugui on neatly 
I keep having troubles with my tenugui , and nobody seems to have a solution: I'm using a default-sized tenugui . I think my head is pretty averagely …

Solo practice with tachi 
Is Kendo kata with tachi (bokken), as a solo practice, a part of the regular kendo training? Or is it performed only in training in pairs? If so, …

How to use your ki to create a shikai on your opponent. 
Exactly, how would you create a shikai on your opponent with your ki ? I heard that you use your spirit to overwhelm them, but exactly how do you do …

What's the difference between modern kendo and traditional kendo? 
I was wondering how modern kendo is different to pre-war kendo (traditional kendo). Do you know about it? Kendo-Guide.Com :  I’m not too sure about …

Solo Practice Dress Code 
Do you always wear hakama and keikogi for solo practice? How about the bogu ? Do you put it on even when there is no one else? Answer:  It …

Teacher - student relation 
I am a beginner in kendo. I have been taking classes in a sports center in Seoul, Korea. I am the only foreigner in my group (I speak quite decent Korean, …

Datotsu to Hidari kote ( left Kote ) 
I have another question about the valid strike to hidari kote/ left kote. "Hidari Kote will be valid as datotsu when the opponent out from basic chudan-no …

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How to fight an opponent who takes gedan-like kamae? 
I was sparring with an opponent who lets his guard down for a while (by having the shinai down diagonally). I at least sparred with him twice. And I'm …

Carbon vs bamboo shinai 
Nowadays you can buy carbon shinai. I noticed that they are rather expensive, so I was wondering... Are they 'better' (for lack of a better word) than …

Nito regulations in kendo matches 
I would like to ask about regulations that apply to nito players, including: 1. Shinai regulations 2. Datotsu (will the shoto strike be a yuko datotsu?) …

How can I wash/clean the kote? 
My kendo buddy has a problem that his kote are VERY smelly (like 2 week old socks used every day) and it's bugging him a lot since the smell attaches …

Can I protect my teeth in kendo? 
When someone strikes my men, my jaws shut really fast and after that my teeth start to hurt. I'm afraid they're gonna crack or break. Is there something …

What is the difference between Hari, Harai and Hajiki? 
I was wondering the difference between these 3 terms: Hari Harai Hajiki In my research I just found that all of them are included in the term 'Harai' …

Do I have to do something before using a new shinai? 
I just bought two Shinai. They are already assembled. Can I use them right away or do I need to do something before using them? Answer: Good …

Dangers of Kendo 
I heard that people got blinded by the shinai because it wasn't tied up well. Is it true? And if it is, how can I prevent it from happening? Check …

Kiai for Kote 
I was always wondering about the right kiai for the kote. With men and dou it's easy, as it's only one syllable. But what about 'kote'? I've heard …

Why cannot I go backwards? 
Kamae Position We have been told to maintain the proper Kamae Position... However, during keiko, we are told not to move/slide back but always go forward. …

Different Bowing Methods During Training 
When do I do a standing bow during an exercise with motodashi and how? We line up in front of a motosdashi and we wait for our turn to practice with …

When do I do a taito ? 
I have seen Kendokas who did taito after their bow and walked 3 steps forwards to assume the sonkyo position. It's confirmed by the rules of competition. …

How to do a good okuri-ashi? 
In your kendo guide for beginers (page 54) and video , you said no dragging for the back foot and the left foot can be lift up. I don't understand …

Your Review of "Shiai to discipline the human character" 
In you recent review of "Shiai to discipline the human character" in the section "Hit Vs. Cut" you made reference to "the importance of the direction …

Pump Aerobics 
I want to try to do pump aerobics to enhance my physical abilities to perform better kendo. Or do lifting with small weights and big amount of repeating. …

Obi Belt Usage 
Some kendokas in Russia use obi belt. Some of them say that it is traditional and also keeps the gi look neat, and others use it to "fix the back". What …

All the proper and allowed Do strikes 
I always assumed that Do had the intention of cutting someone in half (kind of), so any proper Do must be executed diagonally (same applies to both ordinary …

Different Distances in Kendo  
How do you define: 1. Issoku itto no maai (Issoku itto no ma) 2. Chikai maai (Chika-ma) 3. Toi maai (Toh-ma) 4. Uchi-ma 5. Yokote maai (Yokote no …

The difference between Japanese kendo and Korean kendo  
I had been told that there is a difference between Japanese kendo and Korean kendo, which is Korean kendo is less smoother than Japanese Kendo. Could …

What variations on the traditional Kendo study are there? 
Recently I ran across some curious videos (while doing research for a book I am writing) showing young girls practicing Kendo. In these videos, they …

Improving hearing when in bogu 
I have been doing Kendo on and off for about 2 years now, but I have only gone to about 3 advanced bogu practices with the seniors in the club. The …

How do I begin? 
I am having trouble finding a dojo near me. The nearest one I have found is 161 miles away. Despite this setback, I wish to begin training on my own …

How to increase my stamina for kendo? 
I know that stamina is important in Kendo. I have been given some suggestions by someone on how to increase my stamina which is by doing high output workouts …

Shoulder Problem in Kendo 
My shoulders hurt a lot, and I can't swing properly the shinai to make big men. Small men is bad too :( Shinai seems to be very very heavy !! My …

"Sashi" and "Defence techniques" 
Some of my biggest concerns are "sashi" and "how to defend my self." Firstly, in Japan, do people feel appropriate with sashi techniques? Most kendo-ka …

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Increase Fumikomi Power 
I want to know how to improve my push off in Kendo. I mean the impulse of the fumikomi. Answer: To increase the power/impulse of fumikomi, you …

How many types of oi-geiko exist? 
Striking while my opponent is running away is oi-geiko. However, I have seen 3 drills that can be called with this name: - Striking while the motodachi …

What is kukan datotsu? 
I have tried to find the correct translation to “kukan datotsu” and I have found that means "Striking an imaginary opponent". Does this means all tandoku …

A shinai or a bokken? 
Which is better for training, a shinai or bokken? Answer: I prefer doing suburi with a bokuto (or bokken). It is simply because it gives me a …

How to Train Kendo Alone? 
How can I train in Kendo when there is no dojo where I live? Answer: Depending on your level, but there are many things that we can do. - …

Why am I not allowed to dodge in kendo? 
When the opponent strikes at your head why am I not allowed to sway back to dodge it and then counter attack? Answer: If we talk about what is …

Kendo Ranking System 
I would like to know how the rankings go from beginner to Dan and the time frame of each. Answer: I started from no kyu and kyu started from …

How do I tie the knot correctly on the kendo-gi? 
How do I get the knot go horizontal? I've just bought my first hakama and kendogi and my sensei explained why the knot needs to be horizontal. Every time …

How to wear a Hakama 
I've found many different ways of wearing a hakama on the internet, and I've seen a few different ways in my club. I was wondering if there is a "correct" …

Am I using these kendo terms right? 
Am I using these kendo terms right? I am puzzled by the common use of some words in my country. For example "MENTSUKE" is used here at the beginning …

When is the best moment to strike? 
When I tried to strike my opponent in jigeiko, I couldn't hit the target. My opponent always hit me first or I missed the target. Is it because I'm only …

Was it too quick for me to put armor on? 
I started kendo 5-6 months ago and now training in armor. I trained only 2 times with the full equipment but I feel like a kendo-ka who has to learn all …

Martial Arts is a way of life? 
I've heard not to treat Martial Arts as a sport, however; how is Martial Arts a way of life? Answer: This can be a long answer but since there …

Searching for Meaning in Kendo 
I apologize if the title seems a bit overdramatic, but I was wondering if someone could answer a few questions I have. Firstly, I've been a victim …

Memorandum of Dan/Kyu Examinations in an IKF Non-affiliated Country 
I am seeking for more information about kyu examination in an International Kendo Federation NON-affiliated country. I have read the "STANDARD GUIDELINE …

should i do kendo 
I am a wimpy female 15 year old girl. I want to do kendo. But my parents don't want me to do it as they are afraid that I could be hurt. What should I …

Good training to get in shape before starting Kendo? 
I was wondering what a good training routine would be for someone out of shape. I have let myself go pretty badly and I want to get in shape before I start …

Marobashi 
Can you please clarify term Marubashi (or marobashi, which one is correct)? What do parts of the word mean if translate from Japanese? In what way does …

How do you train your zanshin? 
Is there a way to train your zanshin? Answer: That is a very interesting question. Let's think about what zanshin is. Zanshin has two aspects; …

Difference and purpose betwen Each Type of Keiko 
We know there is 4 type of keiko which are: 1. Kihon keiko 2. Uchikomi keiko 3. Kakari keiko 4. Ji keiko (Please correct me if …

1000 haya-suburi. What is the purpose? 
There is a kendo legend in Russia: Japanese kendokas do 1000 haya-suburi during the warm up. Sometimes even 2000 ones, but it is more often said about …

What is the difference between katana and shinai cutting? 
How can you do kendo that is like cutting with a katana? Why is the katana blade curved? Answer: Basically, we have to pull katana to cut. Of course …

Strong kiai training 
There is such exercise when we strike. For example, 3 men in one breathing without intermediate breath. If I try to shout louder and stronger, I am …

Tactics Against Nitto-ryu and Jodan 
What is the most effective tactics in shiai against nitto-ryu and jodan kendokas? These types of kamae are rarely used so there is almost zero-level …

reasons why the left hand is more important in kendo 
I've been wanting to study kendo for a long time and have been reading up on it for a while now, but I'm left handed. Is it possible to study kendo as …

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How do I know if my suburi is becoming right handed? 
How do I know if my suburi is becoming right handed? Answer: It is very hard to explain by writing but I’ll try. There are some tendencies that …

Red Strings Tied Around New Shinai? 
I noticed that there are red threads tied in two places around the shinai. Are these strings necessary? I did not see them on the shinai in some of …

How to develop a good kiai? 
I have lots of problem with my kiai. Not only I feel they sound funny, but also each time after practice I have sore throat and my voice is not normal …

2 years and still 2 kyu? A question and rants (mostly rants) 
I know, it's probably stupid to expose my poor achievement and ask for an opinion, but I still think this is important (at least for me). In some places …

Can you have a custom shinai made? 
Would it be possible for a custom shinai of the weight and length of my choosing to be made by someone? Answer: Thank you for your question. I am …

What is sempai saying before mokuso? 
Everytime we sit in seiza before the practise start, highest rank sempai first on the line says something before mokuso, it starts with shi... but I never …

Training Dilema 
It's been a while since I last posted a question. I'm still too far from a dojo to attend one (for now at least). My interest however, has grown stronger. …

This website is for beginners 
Why is this website for beginners? Answer: That is because it is very important especially for beginners to know the basics of kendō .

How effective is kendo? 
Is kendo actually effective in a real sword fight? Answer: To be honest with you, I don't know. I've never been in such a situation and I do not …

Is double-handed force increased if mastered in single-handed form? 
I have thought if someone had trained himself using a shinai in their main hand (or writing hand) and they trained their other hand for defence (using …

Training dummy for kendo 
Has anyone made a training dummy for kendo practise at home. I thought of using a medicine ball for men strikes. With a few free minutes at work I thought …

Validity of Cuts Without Going Forwards or Backwards 
Is a strike valid if I cut without stepping forward? Example, an opponent steps forward and attacks my men, but missed. Then I hit his men but did not …

Styles of Kendo: Origin/Style Traceable Through Manners? 
According to our sensei, a particular style of kendo could be traced to its origin depending on the way how the bogu is set on the dojo floor and the initial …

What is yakusoku geiko? 
What is yakusoku geiko? When should I use this term? What is the difference between yakusoku geiko and "onaji no waza uchikomi geiko" a term I read …

What are the rules of Kendo? 
I want to learn kendo, but it looks kinda confusing. One person shouting and hitting his/her opponent's head several times while the opponent doesn't do …

beaten after asking a question  
Hello, I just started learning kendo and I went to a seminar with my group, we were practicing and I was experiencing many difficulties since I am …

How I can have a big shout in kendo ? 
The training method to have a strong, big shout in kendo? Answer: Thank you for your question. I have two articles for you. · Strong kiai training …

sparring without formal training 
I live in Canoga Park which is in the San Fernando Valley. There is only one kendo dojo and that's in Van Nuys. What makes things worse is that I can't …

what dan must i be to open my own school for kendo 
How can I open my own school for kendo? Because I'm going into the army to have the cash for it. Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your question. To …

The Japanese Don't Like It When Westerners Ask About Samurai? 
A friend of mine was on a Japanese forum and asked a Japanese guy something about Samurai. That person responded rudely to him. Based off of that …

Kiri-kaeshi speed Not rated yet
My question is based on something I observed from other dojos and practice videos from youtube. They tend to do kirikaeshi much faster than I do (I tend …

My Sensei refuses to train me like everyone else. Not rated yet
I’ve been doing kendo for years now. However, recently there was an incident involving my father and my sensei and a fair bit of money being taken, after …

Making your kiai loud in kendo especially during bogu tests. Not rated yet
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In Basic Cuts, Which Arm Works Harder, Right or Left or Both? Not rated yet
In kendo, when executing basic cuts, which arm should be doing more work, the right or the left arm or is it equal? Thanks Answer : Thank you …

Being overweight in kendo Not rated yet
I have a few questions about being overweight in kendo. As you know I'm a rather large man and have a hard time sitting in seiza. Do you think size …

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Fumikomi, two different ways to start Not rated yet
I have seen two different ways to initiate the movement when doing Fumikomi: One is when you raise up your arms up until the top of the head, at this point, …

Why many good strikes are not valid to shinpan?  Not rated yet
Hello, I have been practice Kendo for several months now but sometimes it is difficult for me to understand the shinpan's judgment. What bothers me most …

Training schedule/scheme Not rated yet
I just started Kendo for about a week (1st April). Going to every class, 3 class a week. My sensei told me to work on my footwork before I get my shinai …

Some beginner questions. Not rated yet
I just started practicing kendo from your videos. I do not know much about kendo and have some basic questions. I started practicing the Joge buri? …

Adjusting Shinai´s Length Not rated yet
I have a question about adjusting on purpose the length of the shinai, specifically cutting short the tsuka part of the shinai. Some people claims that …

Kendo at Promotions Not rated yet
I have just returned from failing my promotional exam. While I know by my performance that I have more to work on, I was frustrated beyond belief to see …

About Gyaku Do Not rated yet
It's rare to see somebody getting a ippon when striking Gyaku Do in shiai. Besides that, there are many ways of doing zanshin after a Gyaku Do strike. …

About shinai length  Not rated yet
Hello, Imafuji sensei. My question today is just for curiosity's sake. Once Kendo was originated from Kenjutsu, why do we use a shinai much longer than …

Men Uchi, how high should it be ? Not rated yet
I am always told by my Sensei that when we do Kukan datotsu in Men uchi (Men suburi), one should have the eye level in the Nakayui part of the shinai, …

Do Girls Fight Guys in Competitions? Not rated yet
I was wondering if there was any gender barrier in kendo. Answer: Thank you for your question. For kids, it is very rare to have boys and girls categories …

Uchikomi Geiko. Not rated yet
Why is Uchikomi Geiko important? Answer: Thank you for your question. Basically my answer is the same as your other question, “ why is kihon important …

Kihon in Kendo Not rated yet
Why is Kihon important in Kendo? Answer : Thank you for your question. It is a good question. Kihon is based on the way of the sword. It is very close …

Kendo training in CT? Not rated yet
Hello, I am not sure by what title I should address you...so I will use Sensei........I would love to study Kendo....I live in Northwest Connecticut...Can …

Nutritional aspect of Kendo Training? Not rated yet
Dear Imafuji Sensei, I would like to know if there is any special care regarding nutrition if one is training at competitive level. I am asking …

Name of a new dojo Not rated yet
Hi Sensei Hiro, First of all thank you for the info about "Men-Nari". I and other three of my friends want to open a new dojo of kendo in our city. …

dual swords and more Not rated yet
I would like to join your dojo. I was wandering if I you teach how to use two swords at once and you ever enter your dojo/kendo team in kendo tournaments. …

How to have a strong hit? Not rated yet
Every time I'm doing jigeiko I notice that my hits are weak. Weak in the sense that it can be easily deflected especially when my shinai clashes to my …

Differences between Ai-gote and De-gote / Large and small Men Not rated yet
Dear Sensei I was told that the difference between ai and de gote relies on the position which the opponent´s kote is being struck. Ai gote is when …

Pushing in shiai. Not rated yet
Imafuji sensei, I've been enjoying your site and now your podcast. It’s a great resource to complement my in-dojo training. I recently participated …

Striking from too-ma and chuushin Not rated yet
Good day, Imafuji sensei. As my senpai ordered me some months ago, I started to study a lot about 'chuushin no torikata' (ways of taking the center) in …

What kind of socks and "shoes" do we wear with the Keno full set?  Not rated yet
Link to the item or the name of it would be really helpful! Thanks. Answer: Thank you for your question. I think the footwear you are looking for …

Starting Out in Kendo Not rated yet
I just found out Kendo to be my new interest & I hope to take up classes soon, however I'm afraid that it might be too physically demanding so I only …

Tsuki, when to start to practice and how ? Not rated yet
I always hear from my sensei and other higher ranked Senseis about one must start to practice Tsuki when one has became more experienced in Kendo (at least …

How to do proper sliding footwork with sweaty feet? Not rated yet
I have been practicing for a few weeks now and I am having trouble with the footwork. The movement is to slide the foot but with the sweat on my foot, …

Defence Not rated yet
My name is Sean. I would like to know if there are defence techniques you can practise alone. Thank you PS …I watch your youtube videos and think …

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Alternative to Sonkyo Not rated yet
I have question about sonkyo. I am fairly new to Kendo and I enjoy it very much but I am having trouble with a couple things and do not wish to give up …

How many suburi is enough? Not rated yet
Hi Hiro Sensei! I practice suburi (mainly Men suburi) almost everyday at home (using a shortened practice shinai I bought online, to protect the ceiling …

Shouting Not rated yet
Do the rules say that shouting is necessary? Why do we shout? Why do we HAVE to shout? (not offensive, just really curious) Answer : It is not …

Kendo seminar Not rated yet
I would like to be added to take your seminar. Where do I send the money for the cost of the seminar and how much do I need to send. Answer : Thank …

How to improve Men Strike in Jigeiko or in shiai ? Not rated yet
Dear Hiro Sensei, I have some difficulties when I am doing Keiko. I think I can strike with confident and fairly good Yuko Datotsu in Men strike when …

Question about Kendo Equipment in Black Not rated yet
Hello, first congratulations on this great and very informative Site... Great Work, thank you... Here is my Question, most Kendo Men, here in Germany …

About your pain of your back.... Not rated yet
Hi Sensei Hiro, I'm a French specialist of any pain. I'm an ETIOPATHE. You can see what I practice on www.etiopathie.com. If you describe me about your …

How do I know if my keikogi fits too big? Not rated yet
I recently got my first keikogi. I've ordered a couple more uniform sets but this summer keikogi arrived first. I tried it on and even though the site …

Kendo, stress and inner balace Not rated yet
Is it true that you can find your inner balance when you learn kendo? I read in several web that kendo is really good for stress and inner balance? …

Is it wrong to practice kendo because of the philosophy behind it? Not rated yet
I am from Europe, and am unable to practice at a dojo since there are no dojos in my hometown. I have decided to start practicing on my own. I see the …

The way we sit seiza in kendo and iaido Not rated yet
First, I want to thank you for starting this section. It's not always easy to ask questions because of the way kendo is thought. Especially if you need …

Is it wrong to see kendo as just a sport? Not rated yet
This has bothered me for some time now. As a competitive athlete who has competed on the highest level of European fencing, I find it hard to get into …

what do they wear Not rated yet
What do they wear during kendo? Answer: Thank you for your question. In kendo, we have kendo-gi (top) and hakama (bottms). Among kendo mates, …

Kendo as a Do Not rated yet
I was wondering how you would describe to a Westerner how Kendo can be considered a Way. Answer: Thank you for your question. That is a hard one. …

Kyu Exam abroad? Not rated yet
I read, on the homepage of Swiss Kendo, that kyu exams cannot be passed in other countries . What does that mean? And why is it like that? I started …

Where to begin? Not rated yet
I find Kendo very interesting, but I honestly have nowhere to begin. I have no idea what to do or where to start. What should I learn first? (Breathing, …

The 5 kendo stances Not rated yet
I've been thinking about going into kendo, but I've also been wondering if I have to use one of the 5 stances of kendo or can you use your own stance and …

Are there any cultural things I should know? Not rated yet
I’m 14 and my friend and I are going to try out kendo and we are wondering if there are any cultural traditions that we should know about. Thanks. …

Bogu smell Not rated yet
First I would like to say that I love your site and some stuff I have read here help me improve my kendo. :D Second, can you tell me how should I clean …

Hojo Not rated yet
Hello Hiro, I spent one week with a Japanese Zen master in a retreat in Germany. There we did Zen meditation, Hojo and Hitsuzendo. Could you please …

First lessons for kendo kindergartener? Not rated yet
Hello Hiro Sensei, greetings from Moline Kendo Club . My five year old daughter, Lot, watches your videos every day and loves them. She has been …

No dojo around me. Not rated yet
I've wanted to do kendo for a long time but there are no dojo's in my city. What should I do? Answer: Thank you for your question. That is one of …

Rank necessary for various high level competitions Not rated yet
I would like to know which are the minimum rank requisites (if any) for the higher competitions like - the All-Japan Championship, - the Japanese …

Ki Ken Tai Not rated yet
I've gotten two comments from my sensei and am trying to review on it. 1) My cuts lack "snap", or overuse of the right shoulder (I think that's what …

hakama length? Not rated yet
I am not sure if this has been asked. But I was wondering the length of my hakama matters because it’s just below my ankle. Is that ok? Answer : Thank …

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Gi? Not rated yet
Is it okay to where your Gi while travelling to and from Kendo or should I put it on once I am at class? Answer: Thank you for your post and sorry …

When to start kendo? Not rated yet
I'm currently a sophomore in high school but I want to learn kendo but there are no dojos where I live that teach kendo. The closest places that teach …

scoring Not rated yet
How do you score in kendo? Answer: Please refer to this article, “ what are the rules of kendō ?” Hope this helps.

Shinai maintenance  Not rated yet
Hello, I have a question. We are having a debate in the dojo on the shinai maintenance. Some of us we check our shinai after every practice, some …

What is kendo's fighting style? Not rated yet
Hi, I was looking into combat sports and came across Kendo. I was interested since I've always wanted to learn to use a sword, but I'm not really sure …

I have doubts about my school..... Not rated yet
I have started Kendo a couple of months ago. Really excited at first but soon I came to meet my own demons, i.e., not strong and powerful kiai as expected, …

My sensei has not spoken to me Not rated yet
I have taking 12 classes so far and the sensei has not spoken to me. Is there a reason why? Answer : Thank you for your question. That is not something …

Can Kendo help my Aikido Not rated yet
Can practicing Kendo in any way help my Aikido? I have been doing Aikido for a few years. Answer: Thank you for your question. What do you need the …

Cleaning the dojo Not rated yet
This is a dumb one, but I’ll ask anyway... Is the cleaning technique where you hold the rag on the floor, butt in the air and rush legit? It makes a great …

I must use two hands are straight in doing a strike  Not rated yet
I have a question about how to use hand in kendo. Many people said you must do a strike with a straight left hand. The left hand is very important. It …

Colour of Kendogi and Hakama for Kendo Not rated yet
I went to visit a Dojo in order to watch a Kendo practice. I have noticed that most of their Kendogi and Hakama were black. I have visited different …

How do I see or create an opening? Not rated yet
One of the problems that I am having, which is severely setting me back in kendo, is how to tell when there is an opening. Right now, even in keiko, …

Could I train myself? Not rated yet
Could train at home or do I have to train in dojo and how much is the face guard? Answer: If you can go to a dojo, you should. The reason is simple. …

How to observe in kendo ? Not rated yet
I have a difficulty in watching opponent. Some people tell me that I just watch eyes of opponent. But I don't see it is right way. It is difficult …

Addressing the Master Not rated yet
I do have a question. When addressing the instructor of your dojo or another, as I should address you, Sensei, Masahiro Sensei, Sensei Masahiro, Sensei …

Kendo injuries? Not rated yet
I am looking for a long-term sport to keep me active, while helping me build up stamina and control over my strength. I have a huge desire to begin …

My men gets loose Not rated yet
I've trained a few times in bogu now, but I can't seem to tie my men tight enough. (It doesn't seem too big as my senpai is able to tie it right for me). …

Experience Not rated yet
Does kendo need previous martial art experience? Answer: Simple answer is No. You don't need any experience. For a detailed answer, please …

Which or how to choose my dojo Not rated yet
Imafuji sensei. I was wondering. I want to start Kendo and there are 2 dojo where I live that I could choose from. In one of your videos you put down …

weird sounds when doing kendo Not rated yet
When I watch videos of people practicing kendo I often hear them make weird sounds. What is that sound for? Answer: Thanks for your question. …

Training kendo with left hand and left foot in the front. Not rated yet
I’ve learnt kendo for several months and I’m a left-hander. I found it more comfortable with left hand front at the grip, and do foot works with left foot …

how to hold my kendo sword Not rated yet
I’m really interested in joining kendo and I’m 16. But I’m a little worried because I’ve had a few sword practices in my childhood and I’ve always had …

Kendo Equipment Fixing Workshop in Latin America or North America? Not rated yet
I want to learn how to fix bogus. Is there any place in North America or in Latin America where I can attend a workshop or a course in fixing bogu? …

Kendogu vs bogu Not rated yet
In one of the previous articles you have pointed that “All Japan Kendo Federation uses kendōgu not bōgu anymore.” Can you please explain the principle …

Some cases for a bow Not rated yet
Do we need to bow before men-tsuke and before men-o-tore when already sitting in seiza, that is, before putting on or taking off our men and kote? Is it …

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No Kendo Dojo in/near/around My City Not rated yet
What can I do if there are no kendo dojos near me? I have heard learning through DVD is not the best. And I would also like to be able to compete. The …

Attitudes in Jikeiko with Sensei Not rated yet
Hi Imafuji Sensei. I have a question or I am a little confused of my attitudes in Jikeiko with my Sensei. My Sensei sometimes does not move so often but …

How strong should I be to do kendo? Not rated yet
I am 17 years old and very interested in Kendo, and I want to start training in Kendo, but I am very weak at strength. I cannot lift very much weight, …

Colours in Kendo Not rated yet
I got some questions about Colours in Kendo. On old photos I often see Kendokas with colourful armors and hakamas. It is clear to me, that those …

How many people in a kendo match? Not rated yet
How many people in a kendo match? Answer: Thank you for your question. And I am so sorry for the delay and my reply. Even in a team fight, we …

If I have my own equipment Not rated yet
If I have my own kendo gear, can I still join a dojo? Answer : Thanks for your question. Before I give you “yes!” let me ask you some questions. …

How does one lose or gain points in Kendo? Not rated yet
How does one lose or gain points in Kendo? Answer : Thanks for your question. Please see the page, “ how can I get points in kendo ” . Thank you! …

who can practice  Not rated yet
Can you be a female to practice kendo? Answer: Of course! And this article, Size Doesn’t Matter , might help you to understand kendo too.

Is life insurance necessary to participate in Kendo with armor? Not rated yet
Until I bought bogu I'd never heard of Kendo needing Kendo specific life insurance to practice it, is it necessary and if so how do I get it? Do I have …

Kendo Chart Y-Axis Not rated yet
Hi, I want to incorporate kendo line chart and this chart will be dynamically populated for diff datatype. ex: decimal, number, datetime, date on Y-Axis. …

How to improve my speed during keiko Not rated yet
I have been practicing kendo for a few years now and I have noticed that my speed during keiko is rather slow compared to my sempai's. Often when I attempt …

Legality issues. Not rated yet
I am planning on visiting Japan. While I am there how would I go about learning kendo? Can I just walk in (respectfully) and ask if I can join? I have …

Where can I find lessons for kendo by Chula vista or San Diego?  Not rated yet
It seems like Kendo is extinct in San Diego, California. I live in Chula Vista and I’ve been trying to search for a dojo everywhere to learn the ways of …

Stopping after each strike Not rated yet
Hello, Hiro! Recently I have met a problem, which is probably quite common for beginners. My teacher told me, that I stop too often after each strike. …

Reasons to Practice Kendo? Not rated yet
Kendo seems interesting, but I just want to know why someone would learn it? There is a lot of easier ways to defend yourself, but why kendo, and the way …

Kendo club Not rated yet
What do people do in a kendo club (at school.)? Answer: Thank you for your question. But this is a bit hard to answer since what we do in a kendo …

How long before you should buy a hakama? bogu? Not rated yet
I started kendo a little more than a month ago and I'm curious about the progression. Right now I'm just wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt for class but …

Tenouchi not being consistent Not rated yet
I have been training in Kendo for 3 months. My teachers are very good and helpful and they have explained to me the meaning of tenouchi and usually I get …

What is a sojin shinai? Not rated yet
As I’ve learned, a sojin is used for practicing suburi. Is that so? Also, there are different numbers of staves of a sojin, and as I understand the weight …

A Detail About Chudan no Kamae Not rated yet
Hi Sensei. Recently I found a misunderstanding of the position of left hand in Chudan no Kamae. We were told in dojo that: The left fist is one …

Points in Kendo Not rated yet
How do you score points in a kendo match? Answer: I think this article, What are the rules of Kendo? , will help you.

Will Kendo be any good for my body ? Not rated yet
I am 13, short and a bit overweight. I have really week knees and weak legs. I want to start Kendo and I wanted to ask will Kendo get me in shape and will …

Rank requirements for instructors Not rated yet
Under the AUSKF and AJKF what is the rank requirement to be a certified instructor? Answer: In kendo, from 6-dan, it is considered to be a high rank …

What are a pair of suitable kote for me? Not rated yet
Hi, nice to meet you. My name is Kether, just achieved 1 dan. Recently I met 3 questions of my kote. 1:【tsutsu】 My wrists are thin so I feel they …

College Club Not rated yet
I'm thinking about doing Kendo, but I can't find many Dojo's in my area. The one of the best thing's I can find is a college club. Is a club just as good …

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Wearing Uniform outside of dojo? Not rated yet
Hello, last week I joined a Kendo club here in Beijing. It was my first experience ever doing Kendo (or any Japanese martial art). The Kendo club comes …

Holding Center Not rated yet
Sensei, thank you in advance for any help you can give me. When doing Kata should there be a strong push sideways with the kissaki toward your opponent’s …

Female Kendo Teachers? Not rated yet
Can a woman be a kendo teacher? Answer: Yes!!! There are many of them! There are 7-dan women senseis too! Unfortunately, there is no woman 8-dan sensei …

Does kendo sound like a good sport for me? Not rated yet
Ohaiyou sensei, I am a 16 year old girl; and pretty short too. However I have a big interest in Japanese culture and martial arts. I have been doing …

Am I too short to do kendo? Not rated yet
I am 17, and a girl but the biggest concern is I am 4'8. Many people say that I will be doomed to loose. Am I too short? Answer: Thank you for your …

Will my body affect my performance? Not rated yet
I have a question. I'm 17 years old, almost 18 and I finally started taking Kendo classes, twice a week, 1 hour a day. But it's not a real dojo...He is …

How do you start a dojo? Not rated yet
Hi I'm from Durban in South Africa and although I've had very little training I have always had great interest Kendo and other martial arts and am looking …

are there any real shinai online Not rated yet
I’ve gone to multiple website such as sparringgearset.com, trueswords.com, and maeqd.com but I can’t tell for sure if the kendo equipment on these websites …

how many people follow kendo? Not rated yet
how many people follow kendo? Answer: Thank you for your question. I must apologize. I really don't know. World wide, I found 2 million people practicing. …

Zekken Layout and What Should Be On It? Not rated yet
I go to two dojos to practice, one in the mornings that has a formal sensei and is very technical, and one in the evenings that is more of a sports club …

Do You Need A Black Belt Before You Can Begin Learning Kendo? Not rated yet
I really want to learn and I quit karate a few years ago. Do I need a black belt to learn kendo, or is there a dojo that will accept me without any belt? …

Slow opponents or slow motion? Not rated yet
Hello, I have been meaning to ask you this that had been troubling me for a while. I do practice kendo for almost 6 years and I'm 2nd Dan. After …

how can I get points in kendo Not rated yet
What are ways you can get points in a match? Answer: Not sure what you mean by “ways” we can get points in a match but I will do my best to explain. …

good dojo Not rated yet
You have a good website here.. I was wondering on how I will know if my local dojo's sensei is reliable. I know the school is affiliated with the Kendo …

Is it weird not to be of Asian ethnicity but to take kendo? Not rated yet
I’m 13 in Scottsdale AZ and was wondering if it would be weird that I’m Irish German and Finnish but want to take kendo the art of sword techniques. …

Can I start training kendo with a bokken instead of a shinai? Not rated yet
There are no dojos to learn Kendo where I live, and since I do not have a credit card, it is really difficult for me to buy things online (like a Shinai, …

Difference between maai and ma Not rated yet
Can you please describe the difference between maai and ma? What is kanji for ma and maai and what does each of them mean? What is closer to initial …

How to apologize if accidentally hurt opponent Not rated yet
Sometimes in jigeiko it happens that you accidentally hit unprotected part of opponent's body, e.g. elbow or above do-dai etc. Is there any way to …

Tachiai Not rated yet
Can you please explain term 'tachiai'. What does it mean if translate from Japanese? What is the difference between tachiai and jigeiko? Maybe some main …

Why my right hand tends to move down from the tsuba? Not rated yet
Sensei, I usually move my right down from the tsuba instead of be closer to it. First, I thought it was because I started to use the left hand to hit …

Kendo Scholarships? Not rated yet
My son is quite proficient at Kendo and has just received his 2nd degree. He will be applying to various colleges soon, and we are wondering if you know …

Psychological training methodologies Not rated yet
Psychological training methodologies Are there any psychological training methodologies for kendo tournaments? What I mean here… During trainings …

How often does the armor/bogu need to be replaced? Not rated yet
I've been training with my university's Kendo club for about a month now and so far, I'm pretty sure that I want to continue practicing Kendo. I am curious …

Learning alone, with the wrong sword too. Not rated yet
I recently acquired a wooden wakizashi, and I wanted to learn how to use it. I'd like to get a real sword someday, when I have the money, and it would …

Tsuki zanshin Not rated yet
When showing zanshin after tsuki strike we take chudan no kamae and do not pass throw. But if we are too close to the opponent after tsuki, can we step …

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Instructing a Club Not rated yet
So the kendo club at my college is pretty much dying. There is no real instructor, but there is a 3rd dan graduate who comes and teaches. However, he is …

Is my sensei rushing things? Not rated yet
First of all I have to offer you my thanks! I'm doing Kendo for only 7 weeks now, after 4 weeks I took my exam to 6th Kyu and passed, in September I …

how long does it take to become 1st kyu Not rated yet
Hello, I'm about to begin practicing kendo, and I'm curious to know how many years of training will take me to get the 1st kyu and start competitions. …

"Fumikumi", chudan no kamae and other terms Not rated yet
I have collected a few questions and I wish to ask all of them in one go, if that is acceptable. 1. Besides "fumikomi", is the term "fumikumi" acceptable? …

Shipping ties on a new shinai Not rated yet
My senpai asked me to cut the red and golden shipping ties on a shinai from the top towards the handle (never from bottom to top) and we should keep the …

Forms of sword related sports Not rated yet
Hi, I am interested in Kendo and in my understanding, high level kendo involves 2 people in 'combat', striking each other at the vital points with the …

Can you break a bone? Not rated yet
Can you break a bone using a kendo stick? Answer: Yes. It is possible.

Kendo Exchange? Not rated yet
Hi I am writing from Guatemala, I am currently on my 6th year of training Kendo on a regular basis, I have just acquired my Ni Dan and I am ranked the …

How Do I Know Good Dojo? Not rated yet
I'm new to this site, and let me say it’s pretty great. I have a question though... I live in a city where they hate the Japanese like hell. Pretty …

An Academic interest. Not rated yet
An Academic interest. I don't practice kendo personally, mostly because the closest place to learn is a 2 hour drive away. However I do have a large …

What is the Engilsh translation of the things we say when we bow in/out? Not rated yet
What is the English translation of the things we say when we bow in/out? I've been doing kendo for a few years now, but I still can't recall or I just …

Bogu Simulation Not rated yet
Dear Imafuji Sensei, Greetings! First of all I would like to thank you for creating such a wonderful website about kendo! I have learned a lot and …

weight lifting and kendo Not rated yet
I have been doing Kendo for the last 7 years, I hold a Jodan degree (you mean, shodan (1st degree)?) and I love this Martial Art. Before I used to go to …

Is kendo tough? Not rated yet
Since I was 15 I have been interested in kendo and wanted to learn the history of it. I am now 19 years old and I have a feeling that the class is going …

Kendo and Kumdo Not rated yet
What's the difference between Japanese Kendo and Korean kendo school Kumdo. I have heard different opinions on this matter. I know that the athletes …

what are the skills needed to play kendo? Not rated yet
What types of skills are needed to play kendo? Answer: Thank you for your question. This is a very hard question. You do not need any specific skills …

How can I prepare to the tournament Not rated yet
If I have a half of month before the tournament is there a way to prepare during this 2 weeks? It is a short period so I won't be able to learn something …

Attitude to tournaments Not rated yet
I have noticed that before (may be a week before) any tournament I feel nervous. I tried to define the reason. And the main reason probably is "not to …

Payment information Not rated yet
I am interested to buy the entire "pack" of videos, but checking the titles of lessons, I noticed that in Sotai Dosa, some lessons do not have their correspondent …

How to prevent bogu odour? Not rated yet
I'm about to buy my first set of bogu and I'm quite worried about the odour since some seniors have really smelly bogu. I have heard all sorts of advices, …

Different stances in kendo Not rated yet
I would like to ask you about the stances in kendo. What stances are used in kendo and what is the main difference between them? I'm new in kendo. Actually …

starting kendo Not rated yet
Is it OK to practice kendo by yourself or is it better to find a dojo and start there because there are no kendo dojos close to where I live? Answer: …

bowing question Not rated yet
We recently started practicing kendo at a dojo (judo/tae kwon do) with a raised mat/wooden floor area. I bow when I enter the dojo, but should I also bow …

How do I get started?  Not rated yet
I recently came across your ebook and was amazed and at the same time...somewhat ashamed. I found that I was not even close to practicing kendo properly. …

Hiki Waza Not rated yet
How do I train myself to go backwards faster when doing hiki waza because in a recent club shiai I hit a really nice hiki kote but didn't move back fast …

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Snapping (left) achilles tendon Not rated yet
"Snapping (left) Achilles tendon. Since the left leg is used to kick the floor to jump forwards, snapping the left Achilles tendon is a common kendo injury. …

Is my Sensei rude? Not rated yet
Is it rude for a sensei to strike you in the back of the head as you are following through with a strike?  He does this sometimes, and never really explains …

Bad Habit Not rated yet
When I cut men I sometimes twist to the right. I do not realise I am doing this so how can I remedy this bad habit? Kendo-Guide.Com:  Thank you …

Suburi in Seiza Not rated yet
I want to continue my Kendo training, but can't start classes at this moment.  I want to get a head start by practicing suburi at home.  I want to …

Moment of Striking Not rated yet
This question was asked before, but when do you know it's time to strike? I suddenly had this question when i watched this certain youtube video . …

How to prepare for 1st dan Examination for both kata and keiko? Not rated yet
How to prepare for 1st dan Examination for both kata and keiko? I'm taking my 1st dan examination this March and I would like to know the right preparation …

What is the meaning of hassei? Not rated yet
I encountered the term hassei and found few explanations. What does hassei really mean? Answer: Thank you for your post. Hassei is not a kendo …

Did I do something rude (or what would be the most polite course of action?) Not rated yet
In my dojo in the Philippines, everyone comes early to clean the floor before training, and then those who have been doing kendo for over a year practice …

Challenge Not rated yet
Is there a proper way to challenge someone to a sparring match? Answer: Thank you for your post and sorry for the delay of my reply. If a person …

Are karate and kendo compatible?  Not rated yet
I've been practicing karate for the last 25 years. I've started kendo almost 2 years ago, but I have a really hard time in ji-geiko: I have a natural tendency …

rudeness in kendo training Not rated yet
I sometimes have to take charge in our kendo training when our sensei is busy because I'm highest ranking senior in our dojo. The problem is when I …

What team is winning Not rated yet
I have visited one local kendo tournament and they had a problem of defining a winner in team competitions. Here it is: 3 teams competed in final pool. …

history of kendo? Not rated yet
What is kendo? When did it appear? What material do we use for kendo? What is kendō (bamboo fencing)? Answer:  Thank you for …

Hachimaki Not rated yet
Some kendoists have long hair and some haircuts can be messy (e.g. long bangs etc.) so as a result hair gets into eyes. At one seminar during training …

Feet position when doing sageto Not rated yet
When doing sageto from chudan no kamae do we move our right foot backward or our left foot forward (to have feet in shizentai position)? Answer: Thanks …

Measurements for kendo uniform Not rated yet
I am taking off to Japan to visit a friend for the month of January. While I am there I am going to start taking beginner kendo classes. My friend …

Why fumikomi-ashi in Kendo? Not rated yet
I just posted the thread "Historical origin of Fumikomi-ashi" in the Kendo World magazine forum (You must be registered to read it), where …

Tameshigiri Not rated yet
Is tameshigiri practiced in modern kendo? Thanks Dave Wood Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your comment. Not officially. It's all up to individual …

Shinsa question Not rated yet
I'll prepare myself for nidan shinsa in few months, and I would like to know something. If the opponent always attacks me, what should I do? I mean, …

Timing Not rated yet
What exactly is good timing. I have always been awkward in my practices in kendo. I think it is my timing. So what exactly is good timing? Answer:

Why not to do hiki waza in jigeiko with high ranked sensei Not rated yet
At a seminar with 8-dan sensei I heard one thing from other kendoka: during jigeiko with sensei do not do hiki waza unless he tells you to do hiki. …

What would be the translation for Musashi's "Five Approaches" in the Book of Water section of his Book of Five Rings? Not rated yet
I am very new to Kendo, and I am still trying to understand/contemplate the meanings in Musashi's teachings (which really led me to Kendo in the beginning). …

Rude or Not Rude: some etiquette and manners Not rated yet
I've got some questions about manners and etiquette in dojo. Here they are. 1. When we have "a little talk from a sensei (or instructor) during line-up …

Metal shinai? Not rated yet
A shodan (Not my teacher, I’m new to this) showed me a metal shinai, and I'm wondering if it's used in normal kendo. Answer: No. Unless your friend …

What shinai do you recomend for beginners? Not rated yet
You say "an ordinary shinai" but can you give some examples? Maybe links to some from you recommend from online shops? Thanks. Answer: Usually they …

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Diffused opinion about carbon shinai maintenance  Not rated yet
I meet a lot of people who think that carbon shinai users don't pay enough attention to condition of their shinais. They also think that carbon shinai …

Different types of shinai Not rated yet
In some on-line shops of kendo equipment in Shinai section all shinais are sorted by types: Kotō, Dōbari, Big grip, Jissen. Can you please …

Shoulder injury Not rated yet
I am having trouble with curing a so called injury at my AC-joint. The pain is getting less but to my opinion it could be a very common kendo-injury. …

The Oldest Kendo Master Not rated yet
Who is the oldest known kendo master? What era did he live in and later die in? I do not mean disrespect in any way. Answer: There are two old …

Bowing ettiquette Not rated yet
My Dojo has an 8-d an from Japan visiting for the next three months. How often should I bow to him during the course of class? If he is engaged in …

Kizeme Not rated yet
I heard that ki-zeme is some form of highest seme in kendo. So, what exactly is it? Answer : It is the most difficult seme in kendo . Ki of …

sempai kohai relationships Not rated yet
My question is about sempai-kohai relationships. Can you explain what makes someone sempai? For being a sempai what do you look at if the grades …

Requirements for kendo Not rated yet
Do you have to have been doing a martial art to start doing kendo ? Kendo-Guide.Com: Not at all. It does not matter if you have experience in other …

Who participated in kendo in the Edo period? Not rated yet
In the Edo period, who in the social order could participate in kendo ? Answer: The Edo period lasted more than 200 years so I guess the samurai …

Different types of kiai Not rated yet
*This is not about kiai for targets ( men , kote , do , tsuki ) I have heard a lot of different kiai . I mean some people shout something like …

Is it normal to have the bars that go across my head on my men? Not rated yet
I’m a newbie to kendo and my sensei let me use a club bogu. When I put my men on, there always seems to be one of the bars from the men going through …

What exactly is kusarigamajutsu? Not rated yet
I have seen many people using kusarigamas. I was wondering if they wear the same kendo bogus as kendokas do during sparring. Is it possible? Answer:

Tsuka is loose. What can I do about it? Not rated yet
My tsuka slides in my left hand when I do tenouchi. It's the same with my newest shinai (1 year of practice with it) Do you know something for that …

How to put hakama on  Not rated yet
Can you give us details on how to properly put on a hakama? Thanks in advance! Kendo-Guide.Com: There is a similar question here . If you need …

Shinai Length Not rated yet
I recently purchased a Shinai online. The store said it was 46 inches in total. On this website, on the section about the Shinai lengths, is it the total …

Been defeated in kendo Not rated yet
Have you ever feel defeated by your student even they didn't took IPPON from you? Answer: Of course. All the time. There are some phases in kendo. …

How do you do "DO" strikes? Not rated yet
In our dojo, we have a visiting sensei from Japan. He told us that a better way to do "DO" strikes is to slide the left hand up to the right hand as we …

Kiai sound ? Not rated yet
I don't know how to explain it, but I didn't find yet my "kiai sound". I try few things, but I always say "meeee atttaa" on men, and …

Footwork When Receiving Kirikaeshi Not rated yet
I'm wondering if I could do okuri ashi in kirikaeshi when I’m motodachi. If not, and if I must do ayumi ashi, is there a method for walk? I mean, …

Problem with first Men Not rated yet
Problem with my new men I have a problem with my new men. Last year I bought my first men. I gave the exact measures. The chin and forehead fit ok, …

How exactly should I grip my full size katana bokken? Not rated yet
I was wondering, how I should grip my full size Katana Bokken/Bokuto? I have tried a thumbs up grip and a loose fist grip with my thumb wrapped so it only …

Two Handed Tsuki and One Handed Tsuki Not rated yet
One month ago, I started to practice tsuki. But, I practice the two handed tsuki. Is it allowed to do two handed tsuki in shiai? Which one is better, two …

What makes kendo unique among other martial art sports? Not rated yet
What makes kendo unique among other martial art sports? Every martial art sports like aikido and judo promotes self-defence and physical well being. …

Is wearing white bogu allowed during grading? Not rated yet
Last time, I asked my 1st-Kyu instructor whether or not a white bogu is allowed to wear during grading. He said, “Yes”. However, I'm still unsatisfied …

What is Debana Kote? Not rated yet
What is the meaning of " Debana Kote"? And when can we use this movement? Answer: Debana means “a moment something/someone is just about to …

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Haya Suburi footwork Not rated yet
I trained in another dojo in another country during my winter break and I have found some ambiguity in the footwork of haya suburi. My dojo taught us …

How to practice and gain more knowledge about kendo without a sensei in your country? Not rated yet
If no sensei or a kendoist who is an expert in kendo, how can we train kendo and earn more knowledge about kendo? Any ideas? Answer: Make sure …

How to overcome my nervousness when I start shiai? Not rated yet
Even though I have been doing kendo since 2006, I still haven't figured out how to overcome my nervousness in shiai. I started owning a bogu this year …

Seiza and Mokuso Manners Not rated yet
Question: As other kendo-ka are putting on bogu, do we look straight ahead or tilt our head and eyes down? I've seen it done both ways and don't …

Balance in Footwork Not rated yet
A major problem I have been having is I lose my balance often while doing basic footwork (okuri-ashi, etc.) The result is that instead of travelling in …

Cutting properly Not rated yet
When cutting do I push the sword outward and forward with my right hand while swinging with the wrist of the left hand, or do I just let the left hand …

Right-Handed Kendo Not rated yet
What do you mean by you Kendo becoming right-handed? What is the problem with right-handed Kendo? How can I avoid it? Answer: It means your …

Shinai lengths Not rated yet
I was just wondering about the regulations of the shinais...I have a feeling the 37 shinai is slightly too long for me...(college+ category) is it permissible …

Reach Disadvantage: Sizing Opponents Not rated yet
I'm only 5'6" and when facing an opponent 6'1" I think I would have a reach disadvantage. I love Kendo and I'm still just working on the basics but …

Making a shinai from scratch:
From growing bamboo
 Not rated yet
Has anyone tried to grow bamboo to harvest their own Shinai? If they have, can they give complete details? There is a video in Japanese "The complete …

Shinai, Bokken, and Suburito: What should I use each for? Not rated yet
I have a Shinai, Bokken, and Suburito, but I only use my shinai for practice, because I figured that students should only be using Shinai. I read that …

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Kendo and Death

- There is a difference between sports and martial arts. What is it? I think this makes kendo as a martial art and very unique.

What Samurai Manga Do I Recommend?

- The samurai manga I highly recommend is called Vagabond. Why is good about this manga? Here is why.

Burning Out or Being Lazy? How Much is Enough in Kendo?

- Of course, we want to train hard because we want to improve our kendo, right? But how much should we push ourselves? We do not want to hurt ourselves either. Here is a solution to deal with such conflict.

Learn Kendo On Your Own?

- Can we learn kendo on our own? Or is it even possible? It is said that kendo cannot be learned on your own and we need an instructor. I could agree more. But then do we just neglect those who cannot go to a dojo? No! I want them to understand what kendo really is.

Whose Teachings to Follow?

- It is fortunate to have more than one instructors because we can actually see different types of kendo. However, when they tell you what to do, it is hard to know whose teachings we should follow. What shall we do?

Blister Treatment

- Blisters and kendo are inseparable. We cannot really avoid having blisters in kendo. So we should know how to treat blisters.

Zanshin After Striking

- There is a basic zanshin form. However, since we don't really see it all the time, many people get confused. Find out more about how to take zanshin after striking.

Kendo in street fighting?

- Since kendo is a martial art, people seek a possibility to use kendo techniques in street fighting. Here is an answer to this question.

Challenging others in Kendo?

- "I challenge you". There is nothing wrong with this sentence. But we don't really challenge others in kendo. Find out more about what we do in kendo instead of challenging others.

Suburito in Training

- Have you thought that you could use a suburito in training? If you have or if you have wondered, this article is helpful for you.

Is it wise to use a suburi-to?

- Suburito is a good tool to gain speed and strength. But we should know when and how we should use it; otherwise, we develop bad habits.

How to React to Katate Tsuki & Foot Work of Jodan

- Katate tsuki and jodan footwork are fairly advanced. If you don't have 5 years or more experienced in kendo, you do not have to worry about them too much.

Fumikomi, Zanshin, Tenouchi

- These are very hard to understand and perform in kendo. It is not possible to answer these questions about them with one sentence. I am trying to break the mechanism of these performance into pieces.

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