Oversea Kendo Players With Culture

Recently, I have the pleasure to meet a lot of Kendo players from outside of Japan

and deeply moved by fellow Kendo players with their great passion for kendo.

Most Japanese Kendo players do not know of Kendo culture.


For example:

ž   ・Why do we do Sonkyo?

ž   ・During Zarei(=bowing), why do we form a triangle with our hands?

ž   ・Aizome(=indigo dying) technique, why is it better than other dye?


Even for high Dan holders, there are a lot who could not answer these questions.

(Sadly, I am one of these Japanese until recently...)

These are the points which are pretty well versed by many ovearsea kendo players

who looked deep into “Kendo Culture” and “Martial Art Culture”

and knows a lot more about kendo equipments

and cultural significance compared to most Japanese kendo players

and has been going on for a very long time.


Japanese kendo trainings in schools are generally very harsh and strict,

where most gave up their sword and stop doing kendo upon graduation.


For oversea kendo players on the other hand, consists of a demographic

who supplements their martial arts training with Aikido, Iaido

and or other martial arts to further deepen their understandings.


These are the points of which I think Japanese should reflect and learn upon.

An exchange of techniques and culture both ways would help further spread kendo globally.


Read more on KENDO PARK. Thank you.

Kenshi Nagamatsu

Born December 8th, 1987 in Tokyo
Graduated from Keio University's Faculty of Law.

Started Kendo at 5 years old at the Tokyo-budokan (located in Ota-ku, Tokyo), and continued kendo club activities throughout Keio junior high school and Keio high school, and during Keio University Athletic Association's Kendo association, as well as Nomura Securities' Kendo association.

Started KENDO PARK services in 2017.

Major kendo accomplishments include:
・Second place in Kanagawa prefecture's high school kendo tournament
・Best 8 in Kanto students' new player tournament
・Best 16 in All-Japan Business Organization Kendo Tournament, etc.