8th dan Kendo lessons of Tani Katsuhiko KENDO TECHNIQUE

Striving to clarify the aim of suburi


Tani Katsuhiko has won the All Japan 8th Dan Tournament and won 2nd place twice. While time for keiko has been decreasing due to being busy at work, he worked on morning running and suburi. “I am conscious of the blade angle and tenouchi” says Tani, who explained about what he had learned and focussed on during continued practice of suburi.


1. Strive to clarify the aim of suburi
2. How to train blade angles and tenouchi

Tani Katsuhiko Kyoshi 8th dan
Born in 1957, he is from Gunma prefecture. After graduating from Niijima Gakuen High School to Tsukuba University, he became a high school teacher in Gunma Prefecture. Major achievements include winning the 10th All Japan Selection 8th Dan Championship and two times runner up, participating in the All Japan Championships, winning National Teachers’ Team Championship, and participating in the All Japan East – West Tournament. Retired from teaching as last year.

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  • Reply Aspicacci 12/29/2018 at 8:28 AM

    Hello, great article. Could you please explain suburi 3 and 8,9,10?
    Kind regards,
    Arnaldo Spicacci Minervini

    • Reply Kendo Jidai 12/29/2018 at 3:02 PM

      Thank you for your comment. We will publish rest of this article on January.

      • Reply Aspicacci 02/11/2019 at 7:35 PM

        Any chance for the rest of the article. It would be very useful to explain the suburis techniques. Kind Regards from Italy!

    • Reply Kendo Jidai 02/16/2019 at 11:51 PM

      The suburi are explained by someone who is far more proficient in Kendo than we can ever be.
      It would be a mistake for us to try to explain past the article’s content.

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  • Reply thanhdoan 06/13/2019 at 5:29 PM

    Hi ,

    Thank you for the article. It is really helpful. I am looking for the bokken using by sensei but could not find it. It seems to be shorter than a shinai so it would be great to practice suburi in house.

    Please could you send any links to buy that bokken?

    Many thanks

    • Reply Kendo Jidai 06/26/2019 at 10:28 AM

      Hi, we asked bogu-shop owners about your question.
      The closest option we offer, which is almost the same for length and similar in curvature, would be the Kashima Shin Ryu Bokutou.

      Nine Circles’ model does have a ridge for Tsuba and Dome at the termination of the Tsuka, which seems to be the only difference. Nine Circles also offers laser engraving and so Nine Circles could replicate the Kanji if the customer desired that element.

      You can see Shirokashi Kashima Shin Ryu Bokutou here – https://www.ninecircles.co.uk/aikido/aikido-wooden-weapons/specialised-bokken/kashima-shin-ryu-daito/

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