The admired Men-strike of Mito Kiryo: What is the method behind it?



In 1987, coach Kimishima Norichika was assigned to Mito Junior College, which is the predecessor of Mito Kiryo High School. Since then, he has accumulated many brilliant achievements, including 2 Inter-High team championships, 4 individual championships and 2 time runner up at the National High School Invitational Chamionship.
“I haven’t taught them ways to win, I believe I’ve taught them winning itself consistently for 30 years.” This school’s Kendo emits a dazzling light in the high school Kendo world but how is it shaped? The Men-strike of Mito Kiryo is admired by everyone. What is the philosophy and training method of acquiring the Kendo that lasts for a lifetime?

Coach Kimishima Norichika
Born in 1964, in Ibaraki Prefecture. Started Kendo at Mito Tobukan and entered Kokushikan University after Kokushikan High School. Upon graduation from college, he moved to Mito Junior College (currently Mito Kiryo High School) as a physical education teacher in 1987. Over 30 years of coaching, he has accomplished several brilliant achievements in various national tournaments, including 2 Inter-High team championships and 4 individual championship titles.

Core strength: Athlete-like circuit training

Mito Kiryo places a great deal of emphasis on body building such as strength training using slope dashes and stairs, and gym training with good facilities. On top of that, circuit training in the dojo is conducted with special focus on the core area.

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