The First Woman to Pass 8th dan Exam First Section

The first woman to pass the first section of the 8th dan examination has been named and the AJKF Women’s Committee interviewed her. We were advised about this during the interview with Sato Atsuko sensei, the Committee Chairperson, now the article is published in the AJKF’s Kenso magazine August Issue (in Japanese only). “The FirstContinue reading “The First Woman to Pass 8th dan Exam First Section”

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

デザイン公募「女性用剣道具」 Design Brief and submission Design a kendogu for women that can help women wear and train in kendo more comfortably and minimise or eliminate current issues they have with the traditional kendogu. Describe the proposed design. Describe what feature(s) have been added, modified or removed from the traditional kendogu and how to wear etc.Continue reading “Design Competition – Kendogu for Women”

Book by Maeda Shinko

We are pleased to announce that Maeda Shinko sensei’s only book “Josei no tameno Kendo Shido Handbook” (Women’s Kendo Instruction Handbook) is on sale at our Japanese subscription site for people in Japan. Or contact us if you want a copy that needs to be shipped outside of Japan. We will confirm the shipment costContinue reading “Book by Maeda Shinko”

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