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USA Kendo representative and Captain Christopher E. J. Yang

08/01/2018

USA Kendo representative and captain Christopher E. J. Yang was first selected for the 1997 World Kendo Championship in Kyoto. Eighteen years have passed since then, and he has participated for his 7th and last time. We will ask Mr. Yang, who could also be referred to as “Mister World Championship”, about his thoughts on kendo and the World Championship.

Christopher E.J Yang
Born in August 1978, 36 years old. Started kendo at the Torrance kendo dojo in the USA. After California State University Berkeley, he went to the University of Tsukuba to study kendo. After graduation, he has worked as a lawyer at  Latham & Watkins Foreign Law Firm and currently at the Legal Department of Toyota Motor Corporation in the United States. He participated in the World Kendo Championships from the 10th tournament in 1997 (Kyoto) and played his 7th in the 16th championship of 2015. Team tournament second place (2 times), 3rd place (3 times), Individual torunament best of 8 (2 times). Fighting spirit award 7 times. Renshi 7th dan.

Born in Kumamoto prefecture in 1942. After graduating from Chinzei High School, he was appointed to the Kanagawa Prefectural Police. Participated in the All Japan Championship, and has won the National Sports Tournament among other achievements. Japan’s Coach for the 12th World Kendo Championship. Currently, Kanagawa Prefecture Police Honorary Teacher, Kanagawa Kendo Federation President, University of Tokyo Kendo club Chief Instructor.

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Kendo lessons of Chiba Masashi vol.2: How to perform snappy strikes

08/01/2018

Everybody does uchikomi keiko and you may break some good sweat out of it, but you can’t expect it to be effective if you simply go for the opportunity that presents itself. The reason we do uchikomi is to make ippons when it matters. So it is better to do uchikomi that leads to ippons.
Without techniques, you can’t hit your opponent in kendo. So it is important to perform all the imaginable techniques during uchikomi keiko. Then you can test them out and make them your own during free jigeiko.
First, you need to be able to do uchikomi that is always conform with the prerequisites for valid strikes. It is not a simple thing to score every strike even if the targets are open. Try to be conscious of how you handle your tenouchi (hand and wrist handling) and how you carry your feet, and hit with a correct posture.
It is important to always adjust while keeping a corresponding scenario in mind. I believe that this is an effective way of doing uchikomi keiko.

Chiba Masashi
Born in Miyagi prefecture in 1945. After graduating from Kogota Agriculture and Forestry High School, he was hired by the Metropolitan Police Department. 3 All Japan Championship titles, 2 World team Championship titles, 4 National Police Team Championship titles, 1 National Sports Tournament Title, 1 Meiji village Kendo Championship title. Former occupation; the Metropolitan Police Department honorary teacher Kendo, Hitotsubashi University Instructor. Hanshi 8th dan.

Photo : Tokue Masayuki
Video : Shiraito Katsuya
KENDOJIDAI: 2011.08

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[Kazuo Furukawa] The desire to be the best of Japan

08/01/2018

A swordsman who has always aimed for the pinnacle has finally grasped the crown.
Furukawa Kazuo, 60 years old. This swordsman who up until now has showed excellent matches in various tournaments, which are imprinted into people’s memories, has left his record as the best of Japan in the All Japan 8th Dan Kendo Championship which is also known as the “battle of masters”. It had been 35 years since he stood in the semifinals of the 27th all Japan Kendo Championships.


Kazuo Furukawa
Furukawa  Kazuo, born in 1954 in Nagasaki prefecture, 60 years old. Proceeded from Saikai Gakuen High School to Tokai University. After graduation, became a faculty member of the Tokai University 4th High School. Major achievements include 2nd place in the All Japan Championship, 2nd place in the World Championship, 2nd place in the National Teachers’ Competition, 1st place the All Japan Prefectural Championship, 1st place at the World Combat Games Kendo Chapionship 8th dan division 2 consecutive times. He won his first victory at the All Japan Invitational 8th Dan Championship held in April this year. His teaching theory, which thoroughly emphasizes basics is well established. At Tokai University 4th High School he has taught the Eiga brothers, Hideyuki and Naoki, Daisuke Wako who attained All-Japan Championship 2nd place, and national team representative Ando Sho who participated in the 14th World Kendo Championship, and served as coach for Japan. Was awarded the title of Hanshi in May. Hanshi 8th Dan.

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How to hit powerful Men? Iwakiri-sensei’s technique lecture

08/01/2018

The unification of direction of the Shinai and body
To hit a powerful Ippon while paying attention
to the position of the left hand

Iwakiri Sensei is currently the men’s and women’s coach of the International Budo Universities’
kendo club. He emphasizes the importance of ensuring the correct position of the left hand in order to
strike a powerful ippon and introduces a part of the uchikomi keiko he teaches at the
International Budo University.

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Iwakiri Kimiharu, Kyōshi 8th Dan.
Born 1966 in Miyazaki prefecture, 51 years old. Moved from Kōchi Highschool to the International Budo University, and became a teacher there upon graduating. Participated in the All Japan East-West Tournament, National Sports tournament, National Teachers Tournament, and the Inter Prefectural Tournament, a.o. Currently professor and coach of the International Budo Universities’ kendo club.

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Kendo lessons of Chiba Masashi vol.1: Seme, breaking and hitting

08/01/2018

Chiba Masashi, the champion of refined lessons on kendo, also known as “Chiba magic”. Studying this will bring quick improvement. A jodan expert reveals his secrets to you.

Chiba Masashi

Chiba Masashi / Born in Miyagi prefecture in 1944. After graduating from Kogotanourin High School, he was hired by the Metropolitan Police Department. 3 All Japan Championship titles, 2 World team Championship titles, 4 National Police Team Championship titles, 1 National Sports Tournament Title, 1 Meiji village Kendo Championship title. Former occupation; the Metropolitan Police Department honorary teacher Kendo, Hitotsubashi University Instructor. Hanshi 8th dan.

Photo : Tokue Masayuki
Video : Shiraito Katsuya
KendoJidai : 2011.08

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