2015 Portland Iaido Seminar January 9-11

Hello All,
Please mark your calendars to attend the 2015 Portland January Iaido Seminar.

Please welcome:
Kokusai Budo Daigaku, Kazuhiza Kaneda Iaido Seminar
KANEDA Kazuhisa sensei, Iaido Kyoshi 8 Dan
Instructor at International Budo University in Katsuura Japan
8 time All Japan Iaido National Champion
Author of “Iai no Kihon” (Iai Basics) Book and DVD set

The schedule is as follows;

Friday, Jan 9; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cascade Heights Charter School
15301 SE 92nd Ave
Clackamas OR 97015

Saturday, Jan 10; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, Jan 11; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hillside Comm Ctr
653 NW Culpepper Terr
Portland OR 97210

Nearest Airport:
Portland Oregon PDX

Lodging Information
Please contact bogu AT cableone DOT net if you need help with lodging or suggestions for area hotels.

Seminar Cost: $120

Open to all levels. Registration must be received by December 31st, 2014 or subject to $25 late fee. Please fill out and return the registration form located here.

Hydro Budo

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Kendo Shiai | Shinpan

Staring in 2000, the All Japan Kendō Federation, has been focusing on an important project, for “the advancement of and improvement to shinpan skill, which together with comprehensive training courses”, will provide qualitative enrichment of our nation’s (Japan’s) kendō”.

A great variety of situations can occur within the shiai setting. Steps and measures for dealing with those situations which are based upon fundamental rules and regulations help insure that the shinpan-in (the referees) are able to make competent decisons.

Consequently, improving the level of refereeing skills, so that the shinpan-in have a correct understanding of shiai and shinpan rules, insures that shiai are properly conducted and managed. In an effort to reach this goal, the main (Japanese) federation, has been focusing on the development of instructors (lecturers) for shinpan seminars.

With that goal in mind, this procedural reference, “Kendō Shiai ・ Shinpan ・ Adminstration Essentials Guide” was created to be used as an introductory reference guide covering core shinpan methodology, and to provide examples of these principles. We hope that (taikai) officials will take this information, study it and put it into practice.

Shiai ‒ Shinpan Committee

Kendo Shiai Shinpan Administration Essentials Guide Shinpan Tebiki
(Download English Translation)


The idea for this translation project came during my attendance at various kendō shinpan seminars when the ZNKR original text, “Shinpan Shiai Tebiki” was continually reference as the source for greater detail about the practical application of the Kendō Shiai and Shinpan rules and regulations. To that end, this document was created to help bridge that knowledge gap for non-Japanese speakers, and allow easy access to the original Japanese version from the ZNKR. This document was created not as a replacement to the ZNKR document but as a study guide for non-Japanese speaking kendō shinpan-in.

It is hoped that this document will be used by shinpan-in around the world who were not previously able to access the very helpful and precise information found in the original Japanese version. Please feel free to download the PDF, and share it with others who are studying to improve their shinpan abilities. Please note, that an effort was made to put the English into understandable and natural syntax, while maintaining as much literal translation as possible in order to insure the greatest understanding of the original text.

Translation of this text was done by a non-native speaker of Japanese, and in fact by someone with very limited Japanese language abilities. Beyond simple Japanese I make no claims to my language skills, yet much in the same way as I approach the study of kendō, I tackled this project in small steps, first looking up each kanji and transcribing the original document character by character until the entire work was captured. After that I simply worked through each sentenance one by one until a draft version was created in crude English. From there the final translations was worked out over many edits and discussions with native speakers who took the time to help me find the best translation for each section of the original document.

Obviously this project would have not been possible without the knowledge, advice, and assistance of the many people who helped with the creation of this English language version of the Shinpan & Shiai Tebiki. My deepest thanks goes to Dr. Michio Kajitani, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Uchida, Mr. Masa Ando, and Mrs. Satomi Lane for the many hours they spent helping to insure that the translation from the original ZNKR document was accurate, and the original Japanese was transcribed correctly. To anyone I have overlooked in this acknowledgement, I apologize for my oversight, and want you to know that all of your contributions to this effort were greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your interest and support,
Robert Stroud
Kendō Kyoshi 7 Dan

Mochida Moriji Hanshi

Mochida Moriji Hanshi Kendo 10th Dan


Mochida Sensei wrote:

There are many people who practice kendo that believe that they have completed their practice of the kendo fundamentals during the beginner stage and only attempt to relate to them theoretically thereafter.  However, this is a big misconception to the pursuit of true kendo.

Until you are 50 years old, you must endeavor to practice the fundamentals of kendo and make it a part of you.  It has taken me 50 years to learn the fundamentals of kendo by body.  It was not until I became 50 years old that I started my true kendo training.  This is because I practiced kendo with all my heart and spirit.

When one becomes 60 years old, the legs are not as strong as they once were.  It is the spirit that overcomes this weakness.  It is through a strong spirit that one can overcome the inevitability of the body becoming physically weaker.

When I became 70 years old, the entire body became weaker.  I found that the next step is to practice the concept of not moving ones spirit (immovable spirit) when practicing kendo.  When one is able to achieve the state of an immovable spirit, your opponent’s spirit and will manifests itself to you.  I tried to achieve a calm and immovable spirit at this stage in my life.

When I became 80 years old, I achieved the state of the immovable spirit.  However, there are times when a random thought will enter my mind.  I am striving to eliminate these random thoughts at this state in my life.

See for yourself

The virtue of the sword will rectify the world.

Kentoku SeiseiThe virtue of the sword will rectify the world.

This was Moriji Mochida (kendo 10 dan) Sensei’s favorite saying. According to Chutaro Ogawa Sensei, the meaning can be rendered as follows: “The virtue of the sword rectifies the world. Not only does it rectify oneself, it rectifies society. If everyone is correct, then there will be no strife. Wars will be eliminated and the world will be at peace. Mochida Sensei was a living example of this principle. Kendo in the twenty-first century should make achieving this its goal.

Noma Dojo, Tokyo Japan June 2007
Robert Stroud Sensei and John-Paul Stroud

Meaning of “Kuraizeme”

From the Niten Ichi Ryu Musashi Kai Kendo Kata guide they talk about kurai zemi, with the following definition:

“To menace one’s opponent into a disadvantageous position through physical and mental intimidation without actually striking at an opponent.”

位攻め is the kanji used in the original Japanese. This might help you understand the “kurai” part.

You can see it used by the Uchitachi in kata’s #10-13 from the PDF Nito Kata Quick Guide