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The KendoStar Tournament Model Kendo Bogu Set - KAISEI: WRAITH is made exclusively for KendoStar.com, and cannot be purchased anywhere else. Made to order in Japan, each customised set will be produced to your exact sizes and specifications, ensuring that you get an absolutely perfect fit, with exceptional comfort.
Taking the basic design of our Signature Kendo Bogu Set - KAISEI - The KAISEI: WRAITH was born from the many requests we received to develop a specific lightweight, tournament style Kendogu set. Retaining the high level of quality materials and craftsmanship, a few specific features have been altered to help ensure that the Bogu is as lightweight and comfortable as possible.
Naturally, 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. Comfort is further increased by the application of Naname-zashi (diagonal stitching) on the Mendare, giving maximum flexibility. 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. 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. 6mm stitching is used across the whole length of the Mae-Obi, again, to deliver flexibility against the abdomen. Further, the panels are sewn using 'Fukuro-Nui', which is to say that there is no edging leather. This not only makes the tare look streamlined, but also reduces unnecessary weight, ensuring the Bogu set is as light as possible.
Men - 1,250g
Kote - 440g
Tare - 600g
Do - 1,375g
Total - 3,665g
*Weights are approximate, and vary depending on size.
In summary, KAISEI: WRAITH 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 designed to deliver the pinnacle of comfort. A soft and flexible Futon, ensures the KAISEI: WRAITH is a pleasure to wear, whilst at the same time being extremely lightweight.
The natural choice for serious competitors, or regular travellers, who want more than a run-of-the mill 'Jissengata' set, and are looking for not only exceptional comfort, but also exceptional made-to-order Japanese craftsmanship.
Key features of KAISEI: WRAITH -
- 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.
- Lightweight, offering itself as a perfect choice for competitors and regular travellers.
- Mouldable 'Shin' (inner felt) to help shape the Bogu into the optimum shape - providing not only aesthetic benefit, but also boosting protection.
- Naname-zashi (diagonal) stitching applied to Mendare to give optimum flexibility and comfort.
- 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.
- Fukuro-Nui Tare helps to further reduce the weight of the Tare, and also give a classic, yet streamlined appearance.
All appropriate Himo (strings) and Chichikawa (fastening leathers) are included.
Made to order in Japan, exclusively for KendoStar.com
IMPORTANT - The KendoStar Signature Model Kendo Bogu Set - KAISEI: WRAITH 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.
"Since becoming a Kendogu professional, it has been my dream to encourage the global development of Kendo, by making top quality, easy to acquire, relevant equipment readily available to Kendoka, no matter where they are. It is a simple fact that the demographic of Kendo practitioners in Japan is somewhat different to other countries. With most Japanese practitioners beginning Kendo as small children, and many of them losing interest when they reach adulthood, the vast majority of active Kendoka in Japan are under the age of 21. Further, their main focus, at this stage in their Kendo development is - for the most part- on competition. With this in mind, domestic Budogu companies develop their products to best suit the needs of these young competitors. Armor is becoming lighter, with a strong focus on success in competition, even at the sake of adequate protection, or durability. Moreso than in years past, Kendogu is also becoming considered as a disposable item. Therefore, durability can also be sacrificed in order to produce the lightest armor, at the lowest cost.
With the continual growth of Kendo as an international activity, many Japanese companies have set up divisions and websites to serve customers from abroad. Sadly, they often do not appreciate the differences between the requirements of international and domestic customers, or they simply ignore them, and simply continue to sell the very same products internationally, as they are selling in Japan. I feel that this can be a disservice to overseas Kendoka, who also deserve to have their requirements met.
It cannot be denied that Japanese Kendogu craftsmanship is universally famous, and it is a reputation well deserved. However, the current trend in Japan, of low cost, lightweight, 'disposable' Bogu is - in my opinion - not well suited to the needs of Kendoka overseas. I had an idea. What if I were to design and produce a Kendo Bogu set designed exactly for people like me - people who had started Kendo overseas, and had faced the problems that come with that. What if I were to produce a set of armor specifically people who want a good quality set of armor that they can use for any type of encounter. Shiai, Training, Motodachi, all of these would be possible, and even better it would be made from top quality materials, by expert craftsmen - so it would be built to last. It could be used by beginners and advanced practitioners alike, and it would be all delivered with a premium level of service that is unrivaled in the industry.
I got straight to work, and I decided that I wanted to keep things simple. I didn't feel the need for a confusing range of products designed primarily to increase profits. Instead, I would have a dedicated, small selection of products. Only the products that I deemed to be a sound investment for my customers - no matter their experience level.
I decided to take my experience in the field, and work together with some of Japan's top craftsmen to develop the world's first brand of Kendo Bogu that brings elite Japanese craftsmanship and the specific needs of the international market together into one perfect set of bespoke Kendo armor.
This is my dream. This is KendoStar." - Andy Fisher, Kendogu Professional, KendoStar President.
KendoStar is was launched by Kendo teacher, and Kendogu professional - Andy Fisher, with the goal of bringing top quality, Japanese Kendo equipment to the Kendoka of the world. Further, it is our goal to offer equipment that is specifically designed and selected to cater to the specific needs of Kendoka outside of Japan. With KendoStar you can be assured of exceptional quality, delivered with unrivaled service - further all orders are shipped for FREE worldwide. www.kendostar.com
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