"But all the same a crack on the cranium should stick in the memory. I shouldn't wonder!"

I hope this posting finds everyone well and making the most of the enforced seclusion of social isolation. It seems strange to be on such a long break from Kendo. Not only not training, but not making plans for the future.

So to lighten your mood, here are a few fascinating and hilarious old newsreels from British Pathe. For those of us too young to remember, newsreels existed before most people had television. When you went to the cinema to see a movie, which for many was a weekly occurence, newsreels were played before the main feature and they were the news and current affair programs of their day.

These ones from Britain have all the cultural attitudes of the day. It's quite amazing to see them from as early as the 1930s. And there's quite a difference between the film from 1962 and 1965. The 1962 group look like they learned Kendo from a book! Although the senpai has quite good tenouchi. The 1965 group look like they at least know how to wear their dogu. It would be wonderful if we could speak to some of those people today about how and why they started Kendo back then.

Enjoy! And I'd love to hear you thoughts in the comments.


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