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Key features of KAISEI :
- Made to order, to your exact size and specifications by Japan's top craftsmen, using the best available materials.
- 6mm (2.0 Bu) Nagazashi (aka Pitch) stitching - providing perfect balance between comfort, protection and durability.
- Designed for ALL levels of Kendoka.
- Mouldable 'Shin' (inner felt) to help shape the Bogu into the optimum shape - providing not only aesthetic benefit, but also boosting protection.
- Additional padding added to strike zones on the Men and Kote, to ensure protection is maximised where it is needed most.
- Gunome-zashi (tighter) stitching applied to Mendare and Tare panels, to increase durability where the Futon is susceptible to wear from friction.
- Antibacterial, quick-drying mesh used for the Uchiwa (face padding) and inside of the Kote, where sweat has a tendency to collect.
- Oversized, squared Youjin-dare (throat pad), to give extra protection against missed Tsuki (thrusts).
- Flexible, yet durable cut on the wrist-joint of the Kote.
- Streamlined Mae-obi (belt section) on the Tare, with diagonal cut on both the Mae-obi itself, and also on the tare panels, ensures maximum comfort, protection and appearance.
- Overlocked Sumi-kawa (corner leathers) on the Tare help to further increase durability.
All appropriate Himo (strings) and Chichikawa (fastening leathers) are included.
KAISEI OVERVIEW VIDEO:
The KendoStar Signature Model Kendo Bogu Set - KAISEI is made exclusively for KendoStar.com, and cannot be purchased anywhere else. Made to order in Japan, each customized set of KAISEI Kendo Bogu will be produced to your exact sizes and specifications, ensuring that you get an absolutely perfect fit, with exceptional comfort. The highest grade Japanese materials are used, including genuine 'Seiaizome' deerskin for the leather parts. Known to be the best leather material for Kendogu construction, deerskin offers flexibility, longevity and beauty that is unparalleled by cheaper alternatives. Once again, the genuine 'Seiaizome' process is used to dye the premium grade Orizashi cotton that is used to reinforce the Futon, and Kote-Gashira (fist portion). This makes the Bogu flexible, quick-drying and easy to care for - whilst at the same time, also looking amazing.
The Men is stitched with 6mm stitching at the 'Datotsu-Bui' (striking zone) to provide a thicker, more protective impact zone. This is considered by many of Japan's leading craftsmen to be the optimal stitch width. Leaving the Futon thick, and cushioned, ensuring that the Men gives optimum protection, 6mm stitching is also the best mid-point between protective cushioning, and durability. This durability is further increased on the Mendare, which are stitched using the Gunome-zashi style of stitching, a technique where an additional row of stitches is placed between the existing 6mm rows, therefore equating to roughly 3mm. With extended use, the rubbing of the shoulders on the underside of the Mendare quickly causes signs of wear in wider-stitched sets, however, the inclusion of Gunome-zashi allows for greater durability and improved rigidity. This rigidity helps to correctly protect the neck and shoulders, as well as provide the correct, beautiful appearance.This is further emphasized by a 15% increase in the amount of padding within the Futon itself, resulting the maximum possible shock absorption. The Uchiwa (face padding) is made using a scientifically developed, antibacterial synthetic mesh. This makes the Uchiwa extremely quick-drying, and also anti-odor, meaning that not only is the Men made to fit you perfectly, it will be a pleasure to wear through even the most grueling practices.
The Kote are made to fit your hands perfectly, giving you complete control over every movement of the Shinai. An advanced wrist joint allows for supreme flexibility, without compromising durability. The Kote-buton (striking zone) feature the same additional 15% of padding as utilized in the Men, to protect you from even the hardest of hitters. Genuine smoked deerskin is used for the Kote palms, which give extreme comfort, as well as natural flexibility and durability. Flexibilty of the fist portion is optimized with the inclusion of genuine deer hair for the filling, which breaks down with use, forming to fit the contours of the hands of the user. Complimented by a semi-Yoroi style Kazari, this keeps your fingers safe, whilst still retaining flexibility.
A 50pc type, black synthetic Do is provided as standard, which is extremely strong and also easy to care for. Further, owing to the reduced weight and extra flexibility that it has over a traditional Bamboo Do, it is great for travel, and can be relied upon for long periods of continuous practice. Attached to the Do is a hand-crafted, and hand-stitched Mune - which, in keeping with the whole set, is made to order, and available in an array of designs. If you feel that the standard black option is not for you, we have a plethora of alternative Do options, including top-grade Japanese bamboo models.
Although easily overlooked, the Tare can be the final piece of the puzzle, that takes the experience of wearing a set of Kendo armour to extreme levels of comfort. The KAISEI's Tare features a streamlined Mae-Obi (belt section), for increased comfort and manoeuvrability. It is also tapered slightly at either side, encouraging the panels to sit at a slight angle, helping them deflect stray blows, and also present a pleasant appearance. 6mm stitching is used across the whole length of the Mae-Obi, again, to deliver flexibility against the abdomen, with the same Gunome-zashi that was applied to the Mendare being applied to the Tare panels, making them both more durable, and easy to mold. This plays an important role in ensuring that missed strikes are correctly deflected, and that the Tare correctly protects the wearer.
Men - 1,300g
Kote - 470g
Tare - 700g
Do - 1,375g
Total - 3,845g
*Weights are approximate, and vary depending on size.
In summary, KAISEI takes the combined years of experience of several of the industry's leading Kendogu professionals, and brings you a set of Kendo armour that is perfect for literally all uses. Designed to be the ultimate 'All-Star' of Kendo Bogu. For the seasoned competitor or teacher, KAISEI is light enough to make sure that you perform to your best ability, whilst at the same time refusing to compromise on protection and durability. For the new Kendoka, this set presents itself as the perfect option for those who feel they wish to commit themselves to the long-term study of Kendo, and require a Bogu set that will fit their every need over the decades to come.
Protective and durable for the toughest practice regime. Lightweight and comfortable for even the highest level competitors. Stylish and elegant for the strictest promotional test.
Made to order in Japan, exclusively for KendoStar.com
IMPORTANT - The KendoStar Signature Model Kendo Bogu Set - KAISEI is made to order in Japan, and due to the extremely high demand for this product, currently requires approximately - 8 to 10 weeks for production. In order to ensure that you receive the highest possible quality, no corners can or will be cut in production. If you would like to receive your order before a specific date or event, we would like to kindly ask that you place your order whilst keeping this production time in mind. At KendoStar.com we pride ourselves on the quality of our products, as well as the quality of our service. As each of and every one of our individual clients are important to us, it is also strictly against our policy to prioritize any order over another. Under no circumstances will we prioritize an order based on the order history, reputation or standing of any individual. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
In this video, Andy shows us his KAISEI Bogu set, from our sponsors - KendoStar. Andy founded KendoStar with the specific intention of providing Kendo equipment that is suited to Kendoka who are practicing Kendo outside of Japan. KAISEI is the flagship model, and is made to order from top grade materials, in Japan. Check out KendoStar here - www.kendostar.com You can support The Kendo Show by contributing to our Patreon here : www.patreon.com/thekendoshow
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