Kenjutsu

Kenjutsu is the umbrella term for all (ko-budō) schools of Japanese swordsmanship, in particular those that predate the Meiji Restoration. Kenjutsu, which originated with the samurai class of feudal Japan, means “methods, techniques, and the art of the Japanese sword.” The exact activities and conventions undertaken when practicing kenjutsu vary from school to school, where …

The Hidden Blade

The Hidden Blade (隠し剣 鬼の爪, Kakushi ken: Oni no tsume, literally “Hidden Blade: Oni’s Claw”) is a 2004 film set in 1860s Japan, directed by Yoji Yamada. The plot revolves around several samurai during a time of change in the ruling and class structures of Japan. The film was written by Yamada with Yoshitaka Asama …

How important is Seme?

The Japanese word “zumeru” means both “to fill a gap” and “to shorten the distance.” In kendo, distance can be viewed in both a spatial (“maai”) and a temporal dimension (“ma”). Today we will talk about how to overcome these two types of distance, pressing the opponent. When we shorten the distance, it is important …

The Shinai – a training weapon in Japan

The Shinai is a bamboo sports equipment simulating a sword. It is used for training in kendo and other martial arts. Usually imitates the Japanese katana sword. In kendo, both the “cutting” part of the shinai and its tip are used for striking. When used for practice, the shinai minimizes the danger of killing and …