Interview with Hawaiian Kenshi Michael Sone: A Sone Kendo History in Hawaii Part I

Like many American Japanese in Hawaii – as Michael Sone terms many like him – Sone began his kendo training at an early age under his grandfather, Tetsunosuke Sone. Under him, he learned traditional kendo, emphasizing on the virtues one’s character through the use of the sword. Now leading the Mitsune Dojo, Sone took some … Continue reading Interview with Hawaiian Kenshi Michael Sone: A Sone Kendo History in Hawaii Part I

Interview with Longtime Aikidoka Jane Ozeki: New York Aikikai and Family

Jane Ozeki began her aikido journey in 1971, becoming a student under Yoshimitsu Yamada at his New York Aikikai. Today, we had the chance to talk with Ozeki, discussing what the training was like at the New York Aikikai, along with her family. All images provided by Jane Ozeki. Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, and … Continue reading Interview with Longtime Aikidoka Jane Ozeki: New York Aikikai and Family

Interview with Mountain View Kendo Dojo Student Richard Kang: In Memoriam of Masami Yamaguchi

Richard Kang of Mountain View Kendo Dojo took some time to talk with us about his kendo journey and remembering Masami Yamaguchi, who passed away earlier this year, and everything he has done for kendo and the Northern California Kendo Federation. All images provided by Richard Kang. Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Thank … Continue reading Interview with Mountain View Kendo Dojo Student Richard Kang: In Memoriam of Masami Yamaguchi

Sanzo Jack Seki Biography by George Kirby

The following article is from Budoshin Jujitsu founder George Kriby. In it, he provides a biography of his jujitsu instructor Jack Seki. This article originally appeared on the Budoshin Jujitsu website. All images provided by George Kirby. Sanzo Jack Seki. Professor Sanzo Jack M. Seki, whose legal name was changed to Jack M. Haywood in … Continue reading Sanzo Jack Seki Biography by George Kirby

Interview with San Francisco Kenshi Shawn Miller: The Personal Effects of Kendo

Starting kendo at the age of thirteen, Shawn Miller began something that would have a lasting effect on his life. A member of the San Francisco Kendo Dojo, Miller took some time to talk about his kendo journey and some San Francisco Kendo Dojo history that he was privy to. All images provided by Shawn … Continue reading Interview with San Francisco Kenshi Shawn Miller: The Personal Effects of Kendo

Reflecting on Shambhala’s Guide to Kendo

Kiyota, Minoura. The Shambhala Guide to Kendo: An Essential Introduction to the Principles of the Japanese Art of Swordsmanship. Boston, Mass.: Shambhala Publications, 1995. After finishing Alexander Bennet’s Kendo: Culture of the Sword, I searched for another book that covered some of the same topics and themes. Finally, I came across professor Minoru Kiyota’s Kendo … Continue reading Reflecting on Shambhala’s Guide to Kendo

Interview with Hawaiian Kenshi Garrett Matsumoto: The Kenshikan Kendo Dojo

Garrett Matsumoto began training kendo at the age of seven at the behest of his parents, studying under the late Shigeo Yoshinaga. After taking a short break, he began training under Katsumi Yamada of Kenshikan Dojo. Presently, Matsumoto is the Chief Instructor of Kenshikan Dojo. Today, he took the time to discuss with us Shigeo … Continue reading Interview with Hawaiian Kenshi Garrett Matsumoto: The Kenshikan Kendo Dojo

Four Strikes with Hawaiian Kenshi Jack Yamada: The Kenshikan

Jack Yamada began training kendo under his father, Katsumi Yamada, at a young age. His father headed the Kenshikan Dojo for two decades before passing the position to Garrett Matsumoto. Today, Jack Yamada talks about some of the history of Kenshikan and his father. All images provided by Jack Yamada. Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, … Continue reading Four Strikes with Hawaiian Kenshi Jack Yamada: The Kenshikan

Interview with Aikido Author Walther von Krenner: His Time in Kendo

Beginning his martial arts journey in Germany in 1957 with Judo, Walther von Krenner spent the next sixty years training in various martial arts, from aikido to kendo. Today, Krenner took some time to talk about his kendo training, which started with Hiroji Miyahara, his son, Maki, and the famous Torao Mori. All images provided … Continue reading Interview with Aikido Author Walther von Krenner: His Time in Kendo

Reflecting Alexander Bennett’s Culture of the Sword

Bennett, Alexander. Kendo: Culture of the Sword. 24th ed. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015. Upon first opening Alexander Bennett’s book, I did not know what to fully expect. I know little about kendo training and its subtle movements and skills with the shinai, let alone a succinct history of the art. Bennett, however, … Continue reading Reflecting Alexander Bennett’s Culture of the Sword