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[KENDO RANT] - Dealing With Conflicting Advice

[KENDO RANT] - Dealing With Conflicting Advice
I got some more great questions in response to yesterday's KENDO RANT video, including questions about the WKC in 2006, and also about how to d...

[IPPON REEL] - Light-Speed Ippon Reel From Japan's Top High-Schoolers

[IPPON REEL] - Light-Speed Ippon Reel From Japan's Top High-Schoolers
The Gyokyryuki is one of the largest tournaments in Japan, with more than 900 teams gathering to compete over 5 days, in this prestigious High ...

[KENDO RANT] - How to Attract People to Kendo? How to Choose a Tare?

[KENDO RANT] - How to Attract People to Kendo? How to Choose a Tare?
After getting so many great questions in response to yesterday's video, I decided to take to another KENDO RANT to answer some of them!   Today ...

[IPPON REEL] - Let's Watch This Awesome Collection Of MEN Ippons!

[IPPON REEL] - Let's Watch This Awesome Collection Of MEN Ippons!
Many top level Sensei say that achieving a good 'Men' strike is one of the ultimate goals of Kendo.   Check out this compilation of Men p...

[KENDO RANT] - Left-Handed Kendo and Reverse Chudan?

[KENDO RANT] - Left-Handed Kendo and Reverse Chudan?
A question that seems to pop up from time to time, and has been posted on my last video, is in reference to Kendo for left-handed people.   ...

[KENDO FLASHBACK] - High-School Age Hidehisa Nishimura Gyokuryuki Matches

[KENDO FLASHBACK] - High-School Age Hidehisa Nishimura Gyokuryuki Matches
Hidehisa Nishimura is undeniably one of the most successful competitors of recent times. A two-time winner of the All Japan Championships, he w...

[SPOTLIGHT] - Fujii Sensei (Kyoshi 8th Dan) Demonstrates Nito Skills

[SPOTLIGHT] - Fujii Sensei (Kyoshi 8th Dan) Demonstrates Nito Skills
The All Japan Kendo Embu Taikai - also known as 'The Kyoto Taikai' is an amazing event, held annually, where the world's top teachers (Renshi 6th...

[KENDO RANT] - When to Start Jodan or Nito and MORE! *Featuring Max Davies!*

[KENDO RANT] - When to Start Jodan or Nito and MORE! *Featuring Max Davies!*
Yesterday I posted in The Kendo Show - EARLY ACCESS group, asking for questions for today's KENDO RANT video. As I am at the British Kendo Asso...

[UNUSUAL KAMAE] - Daisuke Taoki's One-Handed Half-Jodan

[UNUSUAL KAMAE] - Daisuke Taoki's One-Handed Half-Jodan
A short while back, I posted a video from the Kyoto Taikai of Toda Sensei vs Kondo Sensei - featuring Kondo Sensei's application of Hasso no Ka...

[KENDO RANT] - Kendo & The Olympic Question

[KENDO RANT] - Kendo & The Olympic Question
So following on from yesterday's video about Shinpan and mistakes, a comment was made about Kendo in the Olympic Games. Also, the topic was blo...

[PRACTICE METHODS] - Kendo Powerhouse Kyushugakuin's Practice Methods

[PRACTICE METHODS] - Kendo Powerhouse Kyushugakuin's Practice Methods
Kyushugakuin is one Japan's most famous high schools for being a Kendo powerhouse. Many of the world's most famous Kenshi are graduates - inclu...

[KENDO RANTS] - When Shinpan Get it WRONG!

[KENDO RANTS] - When Shinpan Get it WRONG!
Today I decided to answer a couple of question that were left on the previous video I posted, including a great question about Shinpan (referees)...