29 January 2007

Kendo - You asked for it!

This is an old program from the 1950s called "You Asked For It". In it they demonstrate kendo for the American TV audience. One of the kendoka is Mori Terao, a very famous Japanese kendoka who lived in America. Watch their jigeiko and how they use foot-sweeps to trip each other before scoring 'men'. These techniques were used in kendo before the Second World War. b
Kendo Kata

This is from the All Japan Kendo Renmei instruction video for kendo kata. The kendoka are exceptional and there is an English commentary too!

25 January 2007

Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu

Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is the oldest surviving sword school in Japan. This is an excellent video of the current headmaster Otake Risuke and one of his senior students practicing kenjutsu kata. Note the different kamae and cutting style to kendo. Also, the kata are longer in duration than kendo kata and contain several attack and counter-attack sequences, not just one. b

9 January 2007

From the vault... 2

This one's from the Darebin Festival in Nov 2004.
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Kendo Robot

Imagine having one of these at home... you could do kendo all the time! b

8 January 2007

Kote Waza Tokusen

100 Kote
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This is a great online video of kote scored in actual shiai in various Japanese competitions between high ranking kendoka. Enjoy! b

7 January 2007

From the vault...

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usHere are a few of the pics from my own Nanseikan archive. I thought the blog looked a bit bare without an image so here's one to start the new year with.


Term Dates for 2007

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Akemashite Omedetougozaimasu!

The term dates for 2007 will be:

*term 1 - 3 Feb to 31 Mar
*term 2 - 21 Apr to 16 June
*term 3 - 21 July to 15 Sep
*term 4 - 13 Oct to 8 Dec

This year will be a very fun and challenging year in kendo. Once again the students from the Japan Sports Science University (Nittaidai) will be visiting, as will Chiba sensei. The Australian Kendo Championships will be held in Melbourne over the Queen's Birthday weekend in June, and then later in the year the Victorian Championships. Other regular competitions will include the Otsuka Memorial Taikai at Kenshikan, and the Mumeishi 3s at Mumeishi, where Nanseikan last year fielded two very successful teams: well done guys!

In our regular training I will be returning to teach the class. This year we will be focusing on increasing the skill level of the most experienced Nanseikan members, as well as helping newer members reach that first milestone of wearing complete bogu. Caleb will also be returning to assist for at least the first part of the year, as he waits to hear about his application to teach in Japan.