The Current State and Future of Women’s Kendo in Europe as seen in the France Kendo Open

by Robin Jakuen On Christmas Day 2022, a post from France was received on the Facebook group Ladies Kendo Only by Johanna Nowark (Bordeaux, 2-dan). “Yet again, at the France Kendo Open 2023, women 7-dan are expected to fight alongside women 4/5/6-dan, while men 7-dan have their own category apart from the rest of theContinue reading “The Current State and Future of Women’s Kendo in Europe as seen in the France Kendo Open”


2022年12月クリスマスの日、フェイスブックの Ladies Kendo Only というグループに、フランスのヨハンナ・ノヴァークさん(ボルドー、二段)より投稿が寄せられた。「2023年に行われるフランスオープン大会で、女子七段は女子四・五・六段の選手と同部門で戦うことになりました。

FLKW Vol.5 Contents Update

Following the recent post in connection with French Kendo Open women’s section, we are publishing an article “The Current State and Future of Women’s Kendo in Europe as seen from France Kendo Open” in the vol.5 magazine, replacing “An Introduction to Kendogu for Women 4: Shinai” which was previously announced.  Also due to editorial reasons,Continue reading “FLKW Vol.5 Contents Update”

FLKW Vol.5 Contents

We are pleased to announce our magazine vol.5 contents as follows: Pioneers of Women’s Kendo Interviews Karukome Mitsuyo (Japan), Kimura Keiko (France) and Donatella Castelli (Italy) Articles Things that Women should Consider by Sakuragi Harumi The Hokubei Butokukai Kendo Nisei Ladies of Nakamura Tokichi by Paul Budden An Introduction to Kendogu for Women 4: Shinai byContinue reading “FLKW Vol.5 Contents”

Book Launch – ‘Women and Martial Art in Japan’ by Kate Sylvester

Congratulations to Kate Sylvester sensei for the launch of her new book! She has written for our magazine and her articles include ‘The History of Women’s Participation at the World Kendo Championship Part 1 & 2’ (vol. 1 & 2) and ‘The Paradox of kendo for Women – Deep Human Connection and Collective Silence’ (vol.3).Continue reading “Book Launch – ‘Women and Martial Art in Japan’ by Kate Sylvester”

Kendogu stand

剣道具スタンド £35.00 Kendo bogu stand suitable for dry storing each part separately. There is no need to assemble as the stand comes in one piece. Very handy for home use as it is compact and display kendo bogu beautifully. It is also ideal for keeping the shape of the bogu especially kote as the palmsContinue reading “Kendogu stand”

Zori (Flip-flops)

草履(雪駄) £26.00 One size L (24.5-26cm Japan / 8.5-10 USA / 7-8.5 Australia & NZ / 6-7.5 UK / 39-42 Europe, all women shoe size guide). The actual length measures 25cm, 10cm width. Originally male design but recommended for women with wider and larger feet. They come in a nice box and are individually wrappedContinue reading “Zori (Flip-flops)”

Kimono hanger

着物ハンガー £13.50 An easy to set up kimono hanger comes with a compact three tubes put together as a frame. Adjustable length to carry the entire sleeves makes sure that the kimono will have no diagonal crease when drying. Size: 46.5cm x 10cm when stored and 133cm when fully extended. Suitable for men’s and women’sContinue reading “Kimono hanger”

Design Competition – Kendogu for Women: Results

デザイン公募「女性用剣道具」 結果発表 English The Design Competition’ Kendogu for Women’, launched on 15 February this year, received four entries. First, we would like to thank all the entrants from the bottom of our hearts. The editorial team was impressed by the well-thought-out concepts and the high quality of the drawings for each entry. We also feelContinue reading “Design Competition – Kendogu for Women: Results”

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