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

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  1. I loved the foot sweeps, and also the host of that show! What a gem! The audience watching that demonstration must have been scratching their heads. I bet they'd never seen anything like it!

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  2. Yeah, there's so much to love about this clip. What did we do before Youtube? b

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