Ozawa Sensei Seminar: Kashi no ki, Ollerton. 2007
BKA News Online
Issue # 28 April 07
Guidelines to Opening BKA Dojo/clubs
Diary of Events
Shopping & book list
5 Nations Taikai Edinburgh
Ozawa Sensei Seminar
Seminars/Competitions: Forms & Details
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President John Howell
Chairman: Geoff Salmon
Vice Chairman: Gavin Murray-Threipland
Treasurer: David Spacey
Secretary: Ric Schofield
Kendo Bucho: Paul Budden
Iaido Bucho: Vic Cook
Jodo Bucho: Alan Nash
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Next month is the AGM and one of the points of discussion is on the continuation of a periodic printed
newsletter. When it was first implemented it served very well to cater to the needs of those members
without email access. However the view of the EC is that we have moved on and that now almost every
member does have the availability of email. Also that we are often just duplicating information already
displayed on the website. But in the final instance its your choice as BKA members to decide ‘yay or
A further update to the implementation of the CRB and that the fact that all clubs must indicate if they
cater for juniors under the age of 18 even if they only have one Junior practicing, is published below.
There are still several clubs that have not completed their renewals for 2007, subsequently they have
now been removed from the website and will not be allowed to take part in BKA Taikai and events
until they have registered successfully.
The updated registration guidelines are published in this issue.
Special congratulations to our Chairman Geoff Salmon for passing Kendo 7 th Dan in Brussels in
Coaching Course Applications: The application deadline for the coaching courses for this year has been
extended to April 30th.
Information and application forms are to be found in the coaching section of the website [also
published in this edition]. They are the two word documents in the coaching section.
BKA Executive Announcement: The Lidstone Taikai due to be held in October has been postponed
again for this year, however there will be a BKA Kyu grade Taikai held in London on the 22 nd of
September at the Imperial College Ethos Sports Centre and open to all Kyusha with not more than 3
years experience, who must 18 years or over and be current members of the BKA. Entry fee £5
Application forms are available here and on the website.
Any members requiring copies of the BKA accounts prior to the AGM.
should contact Nicki at Duco: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to check out the BKA Iaido & Jodo Website: http://www.iaido-jodo.org.uk
Notices: THE BRITISH KENDO ASSOCIATION
Annual General Meeting: 12.30pm Saturday 12th May 2007. Kodokan Dojo, Rickmansworth.
1. The President will open the meeting, declare quorum and hand over to the Chairman.
3. Minutes of the AGM of 18th Feb 2006.
4. Matters arising.
5. Acceptance of Officers reports.
6. Matters arising from reports. Members intending to raise matters should notify the General
Secretary in advance.
a. Kendo Bu. b. Iaido Bu. d. BKA PRO & PRO Iaido/Jodo. c. Jodo Bu e. H&S.
7. .Acceptance of annual accounts for 2006.
Re-election of auditors, Danzig & Co.
8. Constitution. EC resolution:
‘The EC of the BKA recommend the constitution prepared by White and Case for adoption as
the new constitution of the BKA with the minor amendments outlined’
Article 3.1.2 “ ….constitution and properly kept accounts.[A bank account with 2 signatures
is recommended, and a simple model constitution is available.]”
Article 6.5 “The executive committee may co-opt individuals as non voting members, or sub-
committees, to fulfill specific functions for the Association, for a maximum of 3 (three) years.
They may be re-co-opted after that period.”
Article 6.6 “…..these co-opted members and committees are given….”
Article10.1 “….At least100 days notice…..”
Article 10.2 “….Secretary of the Association at least 50 days……….and clubs at least 25 days
prior to the meeting.”
Bye-law 12 “….by their training at all times. Particular attention should be paid to systems
already established by the Association. These include the management of safety, provision of
safe training areas and the provision of appropriate first aid arrangements ,i.e. personal aid
equipment. There is a duty to ensure…..”
9. Sword legislation.
10. Newsletter, future plans.
11. Election of Officers
Post Previous Incumbent Nominations
V. Chair G. Murray Threipland -----
M. Sec DUCO -----
I Bucho V. Cook V. Cook
J. Bucho A. Nash A. Nash [2 years]
KM T. Chapman T. Chapman
IM J. Piper D. Evans [1 year]
Other nominations to email@example.com.
Grading Officer to be co-opted by the EC.
12. Other matters.
Timetable:- 10am –noon, Spring practice, Kendo in the Dojo, Iaido & Jodo in the main hall.
AGM in the Dojo 12.30pm -5pm
Directions to Kodokan Dojo can be found on the BKA website, www.kendo.org.uk
Kendo Bu report 2006
It didn’t seem possible, but this year has seen an even fuller diary of events than last year, including
further extended programmes to squad training and the introductory sessions for males, female, and
These ongoing Ladies junior and grading seminars which are being offered at no charge to encourage
and increase participation have proved to be extremely successful judging from the attendance.
Successful seminars to date were held at Taisodokai in Glasgow, Tsunami in Watchet and Kagamishin
The standard and number of referees at Taikai is at a higher level now than ever before, with 23
referees present at the SFB in June and the Open in September, which included both newly qualified
and established Shinpan being in attendance.
IKET again proved to be a major highlight of the year, with the return of top level teachers: Sumi,
Tashiro, Yanai and Hayashi sensei together with even more outstanding displays from major Japanese
Budo, including our own Iaido & Jodo being demonstrated at a very high level by members of the
BKA: Keith Rose, Steve Boyes, Billy Smart and Hugh Darby. The whole event was watched by a large
audience, including special guests Takahashi Shuhei, Consul General of Japan for Scotland and the
North of England and Mr Robert Rigby from JAL.
A very special thank you to the collective members of Edinburgh, & St Andrews for their absolute
attention to every detail in the running of this event.
BKA Taikai moved to a new venue hosted by Kashi no ki in Ollerton, which proved to be hugely
successful, with increased numbers attending all of the competitions.
The task of following on from Kagamishin, who steadfastly ran Taikai for the previous 3 years, was a
difficult one to follow, but the members of Kashi No Ki rose to that challenge.
Both clubs must be commended on their excellence for effort and support
The year ended with a Great result for the National Team making it to the quarter finals in Taipei a
fitting final attribute to the career of our Chief National Kendo Coach Sotaro Honda who sadly has now
returned to Japan and we wish all the very best for the future. We are now working on the appointment
of his successor and the ongoing programme of commitment as outlined in Article 2 of the BKA
Iaibu Report 2006
After the machinations of the AGM we concentrated on the spring seminar held at Watchet and Minehead in March.
Due to ever increasing numbers for this venue it now necessitates the bu splitting the venue into two different
locations because of sheer weight of numbers. So this year we placed all those hoping to take a grade into Minehead
and those wishing to practise Koryu appeared as usual at Williton. It still required us to split the delegates there into
separate dojo to embrace both the Jikiden and Shinden schools of iai.
It must be said that the sheer hard work of both the instructors and participants at this event bodes well for the future
of Iai within the association, Hopson Sensei supported by Bean Sensei and Chris Buxton amongst other senior grades
led the Seitei seminar at Minehead While Vic Cook sensei with Greg Drewe instructed with the help again from senior
teachers led the seminar in Williton. The seminar as a whole was deemed by all to be a great success and from my part
thank the organisers and the volunteer instructors for their unstinting efforts in achieving this.
The Bu for the first time held the National Iai championships as a residential 2 day event incorporating a referee
seminar led by Jock Hopson preceding the actual championships. The event went very smoothly and was well
supported by the membership, all in all a format, which we will repeat for 2007 with perhaps including the Jodo
championships as well.
The Summer seminar this year was led by Morita and Oshita sensei in August and was extremely well supported by
the Jikiden membership as well as the Shinden students of the Bu, apart from the excellent teaching the whole event
was worth attending if for nothing else hearing a rendition of Auld-Lang Sine rendered in Japanese by our visiting
teachers at the sayonara party.
In September The BKA played hosts at short notice the European Championships for both Iaido & Jodo, all I can say
in a short summary is that the organising team worked extremely hard and performed a minor miracle earning both
themselves and association several million brownie points in making sure that this very important annual event went
smoothly and as successfully as it did. The EKF officers attending asked me to thank everybody involved in pulling
off an unmitigated success under extremely difficult circumstances. I personally cannot thank enough, everybody
concerned for all their hard work in making this event happen.
The Darlington seminar was very well organised and was well attended for both Iaido and Jodo, this annual event
changed venues this last year to a modern well equipped sports hall, although the two disciplines had to take place in
the same hall, it went well enough with little or no major difficulties between them, a good seminar well organised
with great atmosphere.
On a final note I would like to state that after a busy and eventful year let me say a personal thank you, to all the
individuals who gave up their time to make sure that the events the Bu had undertaken were a success. It gives me
hope and satisfaction that so many people are willing to commit themselves in making sure that our future
development and progress will be in safe hands.
Jodo Bucho Exec Year End Report 2006
Quite a hectic year for me what with getting married moving house twice and starting my own
business. Unfortunately this has resulted in me not keeping up with a lot of the Jodo Bu activities, add
to that the organisation and running of the European Taikai which we took on at the last minute due to
the fact that there was no other countries willing to host the event this year.
I would like to thank all the people who have supported me through this hectic year, with out them a lot
of events would have been cancelled so a big thank you to (in no particular order) Jock Hopson, Vic
and Terry Cook, Chris Buxton, Keith Rose, Vito and Linda Tattolli, Andy Watson, Greg and Leslie
Drewe, Harry Jones, Metin Hasan, all the helpers at the European taikai and every one at Seishinkan
Any way back to the report, as far as I can make out all of our domestic events have done well and
making a small profit, the only down side is we had to cancel the BKA Jodo taikai due to lack of
entries, as people had committed to the event we held a two day koryu seminar which went down a
storm with everyone, possibly the same next year followed by the taikai.
The other big event was the European Taikai held at Brighton. A lot of effort and last minute planning
went into this event and many a sleepless night. We expect to make a small loss over the whole
competition, but you can not put a price on the good will generated by standing in and hosting the
event at the last minute. We also came first in the Jodo team event, as well as taking three bronze, one
silver and two gold medals in the individuals and a fighting spirit prize. Unfortunately for me I did not
come home with the Gold this year, I guess my mind was on the organisation and running of the event.
A poor excuse but the best I can do.
I am currently looking for someone to take on the role of liaison to the coaching committee. I find
myself with no spare time to cope with the normal running of the Bu and despite having all the best
intentions of keeping abreast of things it is not happening.
I would like to add a personnel note of thanks to Ric Schofield for all the work he has done with
regards to the coaching courses over the last 10 or more years. I seem to be thanking lots of people
I am up for election this year and would like to have a break from the running the Bu I have been in
office for nearly 12 years now and feel that some fresh blood and new ideas are needed, so if any one
out there wants to take on this position please put your name forward and I will try to make your
transition as smooth as possible.
On a final note Ishido Sensei’s father passed away last year and for those that remember him and his
many Koryu variations he will be sadly missed. I would like to extend the good wishes and support of
the BKA to Ishido Sensei and all his family.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
ANNUAL REPORT 2006/2007
Health & Safety Policy
During the past year we have completely revised our H&S Policy Statement, compliance document and
guidance document. My perception, from dojos I have communicated with, is they find our policy and
procedures easy to understand and implement.
Generic Risk Assessment (GRA) forms have been written and placed on the website along with
guidance on how to complete a GRA. This has eased the burden upon dojo leaders’ and will, in turn,
provide compliance with BKA policy and our insurer.
This year, our reported accidents have only one significant accident. If this is correct we have good
reason to congratulate ourselves. However, the other side of this ‘coin’ may be that we are under
reporting our accidents. In today’s busy world a dojo may think that a minor accident does not merit
informing the BKA, or passing on accident information will somehow damage the dojo name and
consequently fail to notify the BKA - this is to misunderstand the ethos. By sending this information,
you will enable me to identify any national trends that may require a H&S Policy change, assist our
Safety Management System (SMS) and provide objective evidence in support of our insurance policy.
To report an accident, please send me a simple e-mail in accordance with the guidance given on the
BKA website - I will do the rest.
I understand that Iaido and Jodo leaders have implemented these procedures by transposing the
guidance into Iaido/Jodo ‘speak.’ This is a credit to your ingenuity - Thank you! If, in the future, you
feel there is a need for Iaido/Jodo specific GRA please let me know and I will be happy to assist.
DONALD A W GORDON
MSc CMIOSH FRSH Dip2.OSH I.Eng MIET
Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner
Health & Safety Adviser
BRITISH KENDO ASSOCIATION
BKA PRO Report to the AGM
Drafted: 12th March 2007
Compiled database of national media sports contacts, local newspapers near dojos and martial arts
I have drafted and issued seven news releases to appropriate media:
- 20/02/07 - Ladies Chopping Heads for Charity! [Change of Venue]
- 05/02/07 - Kendo Competition Raises Money for Macmillan Cancer Support
- 29/01/07 - Ladies Chopping Heads for Charity in Edinburgh
- 13/12/06 - UK Squad Reaches Quarter Finals in 13th World Kendo Championships
- 13/06/06 - Edinburgh Japanese Festival Programme Announced.
- 11/05/06 - Edinburgh Japanese Festival Dates Announced.
- 10/03/06 - Kendo features on Channel 4's "The Games"
- Men's Health - Interviewed regarding kendo. Resulted in feature item with photo (see below,
- Men's Fitness - arranged interview with Stuart Gibson for 2 page colour feature on kendo based
fitness regime (see below, left).
- I have handled enquiries from local papers in Nottingham, London, Edinburgh, Southampton,
- Kendo (BKA website) featured for a week on www.britishsports.com
Double page spread from Mens Fitness, December 2006 Page spread from Mens Health, Jan/Feb 2007
(Model not supplied by the BKA!)
- Assisted in developing logo/identity - for example, designing letterhead, tenugui, email banners
- Attended IKET and liased with local media - e.g. Edinburgh Evening News.
- Contacted Edinburgh Council regarding sponsorship.
Other Promotional & Publicity Enquiries
- Acted as consultant to TV production company on PowerGen advert featuring kendo. Assisted
with costume, choreography etc.
- Liaised with TV production company regarding 'swordsman' for a cooking programme - decided to
decline as programme was out of character with kendo & suitable person not available.
- Enquiry from agency regarding possible kendo trip to Japan as a prize in the Xbox launch PR
campaign. Sent ideas for cities to visit and suggested BKA could provide relevant introductions
- Enquiry from restaurant in Worthing - passed to Portsmouth dojo and thence to Horsham.
- Enquiry from London company regard demonstration - cancelled due to venue limitations.
- Enquiry for kendo demonstration by Arts Depot, North Finchley, London. Hizen dojo will
- Occasional other random information requests - e.g. for dojo contact information by beginners
Review of website
- Conducted a review of the BKA website and drafted a paper for consideration by the Executive.
12th March 2007
IAIDO & JODO PRO REPORT MARCH 2007
BKA media coverage in Midlands on radio well received - covering the growth of all three disciplines
in UK. Women4business event to promote Iaido and Jodo was well received and information on BKA
has been sent to various media and organisations as and when requested.
Representation at Seni 2006 was approved by the Iaido Bucho following requests from various
members that this should continue to be supported in view of previous year’s high attendance. In spite
of this encouraging demand, the BKA Executive Board has not financially supported it. An essential
focus of public relations is the building up of good communication with representative bodies of which
Seni is one. The long term relationship developed over a period of seven years has been realised in very
preferential rates for the exhibition stand and free advertising/promotion, both in the Seni brochure and
website, which receive high volume hits internationally of over 2000 per day on average.
Seni is now working towards the London Olympic Games fostering links and associations with the
various representative bodies who work for or with the Olympic authorities. Seni expressed an interest
in inviting the BKA to be involved with the first step of the process, namely inviting a 7 th dan Kendo
teacher from Japan all expenses paid by Seni for the BKA this May at the Seni event being held in
London. As no support has been given by the BKA to Seni in recent months this unfortunately could
not be progressed.
PROPOSED SWORD BAN
Public Relations with regards to building and fostering good relations with MPs has encouraged the
Government to ensure representative bodies such as the BKA are included in consultations. This is
with particular reference to the exemption proposals for Iaido practitioners that any ban may affect and
the use and purchase of Iaito and Shinken.
MEDIA ENQUIRIES AND COVERAGE
Positive media coverage and information supplied to the media as and when required.
Guidelines and support on media relations made available to members on request.
Iaido & Jodo PRO
(CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU)
In the year 2008/09 the BKA is asking that all dojo leaders, all coaches and all dojo child protection
officers aim to complete CRB checks by 2009. It is intended that in order to register your Dojo/Club
and obtain BKA insurance cover you will need to have qualified Coaches with CRB documents of
disclosure and First Aiders in place.
The CRB document of disclosure is particularly important if your dojo has junior members attending
with or without parents or carers. It is important that people involved in the teaching/coaching of
juniors obtain a CRB document as soon as possible and these should all be in place by January 2008.
What is CRB?
The Criminal Records Bureau is an Executive Agency of the Home Office and provides access to
criminal record information through its disclosure service.
Why do we need it?
It is important that people who are unsuitable for certain tasks involving children and vulnerable adults
are identified. The BKA also has a particular need in view of the likely legislation concerning carrying
How do we achieve a CRB check?
Having completed an in depth research, the chosen route way for registration is for the BKA to use an
Umbrella Body. This is an organisation that is registered with the CRB and provides access to CRB for
organisations such as the BKA. We are unable to use a central Umbrella Body for the whole of the
BKA, because individual applicants must attend in person to prove their identity, which presents at the
very least geographical set backs. For this reason, all Dojo/Clubs must choose and contact their own
Umbrella Body in order to submit their applications.
What to do next
To find a comprehensive list of organisations, contact details, fees etc.
Log onto www.crb.gov.uk where you will find the home page for CRB.
The page you need to start the search is www.crb.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=349
Applications are processed for a small fee (variable, but starting from around £12 per application and
one would expect Dojo/Clubs to fund this on behalf of their Instructors.
Once you have selected your organisation, a representative from your dojo should make contact and the
required number of applications will be sent to you, along with instructions and a list of the required
documents you will need to provide in order to complete the procedures.
Once completed, each nominated person will need to make an appointment to submit the application in
person. CRB checks may take from 10 days to several weeks to process. After the check has been
completed, a document of Disclosure will be sent to the applicant.
In order to validate the document of Disclosure, the original document must be sent to the BKA child
The document will then be checked, photocopied and sent back to the owner. The photocopied documents
will be kept in a locked container and held under total confidentiality. However, any significant disclosures
will be sent to the executive committee for their consideration.
Existing CRB disclosure documents
The BKA will accept an existing CRB check, providing that the document was issued within a
reasonable time. These will be subject to the same requirements – i.e. the original document must be
sent to the child protection officer for validation.
A postal address will be supplied in due course, but email contact is now available:
BKA Executive April 2007
UPDATE TO GUIDELINES FOR THE OPENING AND REGISTERING OF BKA CLUBS
The following are the ‘revised’ guidelines for the opening and registering of all BKA clubs in
Kendo, Iaido & Jodo and must be followed in order to qualify for PI insurance, full BKA
approval and official recognition, including a listing on the club directory
1) That the dojo leader is a fully paid up BKA member and has been so for one full calendar year i.e.
from Jan 1st to Dec 31st.
2) That the Dojo leader has the minimum grade of 1st Dan in the relevant discipline and is BKA, EKF
or IKF registered
3) That the Dojo leader and a minimum of one other BKA registered club member have the minimum
coaching qualifications of BKA Club Coach Level 1
4) That there is a registered first aider in the club, or if in a sports facilities then duly qualified members
of staff. Certification will be required in either case as confirmation of compliance.
5) That the BKA Health & Safety procedures are accepted and applied in full.
6) That if applicable, a CRB document of disclosure should be provided for the club/dojo from
January 2008, or at the very least by that date, a written undertaking has been given for the
document to be in place by no later than Jan 2009.
Final approval will always be at the discretion of the BKA Executive committee.
All clubs will need to be fully compliant.
These guidelines will come into force on 1st January 2008. Until that time the current guidelines
published on the website still apply.
If you perceive that you are going to have a problem complying with any of these guideline and if
you have members within your dojo/club who qualify for recognition as coaches through prior
accreditation for example by virtue of external qualification or by established experience, please
contact your relevant Bu as soon as possible, so that they can advise and assist in the processes.
The following notification on Coaching is relevant to the revised guidelines.
BKA Executive April 2007
BKA Coach Development Programme
The objectives of the British Kendo Association, in fostering and developing the practice and spirit of
Kendo, Iaido and Jodo along traditional lines, are:-
(i) to organise and regulate the Kendo movement on a national and international basis
(ii) to help in fostering related martial arts
(iii) to provide a way in which Kendo students may progress to higher Dan grades
(iv) to provide representation of the UK in international events.
To fulfil these objectives at the present time, the Association aims to:-
(i) increase the number of dojo
(ii) increase the recruitment and retention of juniors members.
(iii) increase retention of senior members.
To do this requires a body of trained and experienced coaches. Such people advance the knowledge and
understanding of correct Kendo, Iai and Jo in, amongst other things, the provision of safe structured
practice for all participants.
For this reason and for insurance purposes, the Association has deemed it necessary to have a
recognised coach at each session where coaching takes place. This will require each dojo to have a
minimum of two recognised coaches on their books so that the sessions can be properly covered.
The development of good coaching practice is seen as being centered in the dojo and this requires the
active support and involvement of dojo leaders. The dojo is where coaching occurs and provides the
volume and continuity of practice necessary for the development of coaching competence.
The structure has been driven by the need to be effective in providing the ‘must know’
information necessary; in providing a tool box of skills through which to apply information; in having a
straightforward administrative framework.
The process of becoming a BKA coach.
The club coach courses are to be art-specific.
The technical content for kendo, iai and jo will be determined by the individual Bu but the courses have
There are five areas of expertise, encompassing the necessary knowledge and skills involved in
coaching. Knowledge will start simply but develop over time.
The five areas are:-
Technical knowledge-the technical content of kendo, iai or jo
Teaching knowledge-the means whereby the technical knowledge is transmitted to students
Optimising performance knowledge (sports science)-areas such as warm up and cool down and
hydration policy are important here together with knowledge about body conditioning
Knowledge of the British Context of Coaching-knowledge of Health and Safety, Risk Assessment,
Child Protection Policies and the ethics of coaching in Britain
Knowledge of dojo management-understanding of how to build a community of learners, payment,
There are five stages in becoming a coach and these stages will repeat as people seek higher level
They are:- Application; Initial training; Assessment; Verification; Awards.
(1) Application-In the first instance the candidate
(i) must be over 18
(ii) must be 1st Dan or above in the art they wish to coach
(iii) must be a member of the BKA
(iv) must make their candidacy known to the dojo leader (at present
if the candidate is a dojo leader they must make their candidacy
known to their national/regional coach)
(v) will need a limited professional indemnity to cover coaching
practice under supervision in their home dojo or be covered by
their mentor’s insurance.
(vi) will pay, or have paid for them, any fees deemed necessary by
Candidates’ applications will be sent to the Coaching Board by the candidate with their dojo leader’s
endorsement. Dead-line for names normally will be half yearly i.e. by February 28 thand August 31st.
For this first year application need to be in by 31 st March
(2)`Training-Names will be sent to the regional coaches who will then arrange the time and place to
deliver the nationally recognised coaching courses. These courses will be held in the regions in
response to perceived needs of the local dojo and the Association and their major aim will be to equip
candidates with knowledge and skills to teach in their home dojo.
The course will involve active coaching practice and discussion related to work in the home dojo. This
will be based upon pre-course work set and material sent to the candidates. After successful attendance
at a national course the candidate will be entitled to full Professional Indemnity Insurance and be able
to work unsupervised in their home dojo. They will have a title Club Coach Level 1.
The candidate will be mentored in their home dojo by either their dojo leader or their national/regional
coach and arising from the course, development work will be suggested that can be assisted by the dojo
leader and/or the other involved coaches and this can be used as preparation for the next coaching
In the event that performance at the course indicates further work is necessary before the candidate can
be recognised as having reached a required standard the candidate will be referred to their mentor who
will aid their development to Club Coach Level 1 and verify that the issues raised on the course have
been satisfactorily dealt with
(3)Assessment-This will be done by satisfactory attendance and performance at a National coaching
course. Coaches will be required to renew their coaching qualification every four years by presentation
of a brief coaching log and/or evidence of further attendance at appropriate course etc.
Absence of a report could involve the withdrawal of coaching status.
(4) Verification-The satisfactory attendance at a National coaching course will be attested by the
course tutor(s).The material will be forwarded to the Coaching Board for consideration quarterly.
(5) Award Giving-Awards, in the form of Certificates will be awarded to the candidates at the national
courses. The Certificates will record their coaching level, the art and their home dojo.
Lists of newly recognised coaches will be published in the newsletter half-yearly. In the event of
someone not continuing their coaching development their name will be withdrawn from the coaching
list and the national/regional coach and dojo leader will be informed. Where possible the certificate
will be returned to the Coaching Board.
Progression to Club Coach Level 2
(i) be over 19 years old
(ii) hold 2nd Dan in the art they wish to teach
(iii) be Club Coach 1
(iv) have submitted their post-Club Coach 1 report with counter signatures.
(v) if deemed necessary, present evidence over and above the requirements of (iv) of their
continued coaching practice. This may be necessary for people who have been Club Coach 1
for some considerable time or who have had an extended break from practice.
(vi) present a note from their dojo leader that they have been involved in the planning of their
home dojo programme.
(vii) pay any necessary fees to the Association
Normally this process would involve at least 26 hours of coaching prior to the course i.e. 1 hour a week
for six months. It is intended that the report would take the form of a brief record of work done with
two or three examples given in greater detail either in written form or short recorded episodes together
with a short reflective report (approx 300 words) by the coach about the coaching to date. A
satisfactory report will entitle the candidate to proceed for training to attain the title Club Coach Level
Training-The national course will follow a similar pattern to Club Coach Level 1 and the major aim
will be to equip candidates with skills to plan and run an annual programme of practices in a dojo and
to provide with knowledge to address the needs of particular groups or individuals e.g. children or
Assessment, verification, award giving will follow the same track as for Club Coach Level 1
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
It is quite common for people joining the BKA to practise a martial art to bring other skills and abilities
with them from other walks of life. Some of those relate directly to coaching-for example someone
who has Qualified Teacher Status or who has been an active coach in another sport or art. The
Coaching Board wish to recognise such experience and so candidates wishing to gain Club Coach
Level 1 or Level 2 status and who have skills and experience which relate to coaching need to inform
the Coaching Board and provide evidence. If this evidence is deemed sufficient and a regional coach
and/or dojo leader can attest to dojo competence, the appropriate status will be given.
All persons on the present coaching list will be transferred to the new system. Most will transfer
directly e.g. Level 1 to Club Coach Level 1 but some will be transferred to a higher level of
coaching because some highly experienced coaches have only a basic qualification recorded. They
will be given status appropriate to their skills and experience.
All coaches will be asked to sign their acceptance of the BKA Code of Coaching Ethics each year
from 2008 when they renew their Professional Indemnity cover.
Kendo structure and Personnel
Central figures in the delivery of this system for Kendo are the dojo leaders and the national and
regional coaches. Dojo leaders are what their title suggests and may at the moment have a variety of
grades, qualifications and experience.
Kendo Regional Coaches
Regional coaches, who may be but are not necessarily dojo leaders, are people who are deemed to have
sufficient knowledge, skills and experience to be able to support coaches and dojo leaders in their
region and be able to deliver the national coaching courses in their region. People in this category will,
in the first instance, be approached by their Bu and asked if they would like undertake this role. It is
expected that people in this category will normally carry the grade of 4 th Dan or above in the art they
coach [National Coaches may mentor for Regional Coaches who have grades under 4 th Dan].
Other forms of knowledge and skill can be evidenced by records of attendance and accomplishment in
organisations external to the BKA such as Sport England coaching courses or other courses run by
universities, colleges or National Governing Bodies other than the BKA.
The initial task for regional coaches will be to run the Kendo Club Coach level 1 courses for their
locality. Further work will be to act as development officers and mentor for a group of dojo that have
regional proximity. Their resources will be local National coaches and the coaching board.
Those who have accepted to date are:-
Andrew Norse – North West
Mark Needham – North West
Wilf Swindells – North West
Billy Ware-North West
Graeme Dockwray – North East
Jo Petrie – North East
Dean Wormall – North Midlands
Francesco Stajano- East
Stuart Gibson –London and South East
Nigel Kettle – London and South East
Phil McLaughlin –South Central
Mike Molloy-South Midlands and Wales
David Lever – South Midlands and Wales
Adrian Rowe-South West
Alan Glanville-South West
Denis Smith - Glasgow
Kendo National Coaches
These are individuals who by virtue of their grade and experience are nominated for this rank by the
Bu. In future they will normally be drawn from the ranks of regional coaches. The criterion for the
award of this status is that they have been significantly involved in helping Kendo to develop. Factors
taken into account are such things as; contributions to National/International seminars;
National/International taikai; National/International refereeing; having a distinguished international
career; running an influential and successful dojo over a period of time.
These awards are in recognition of services already provided but it is hoped that people with the status
will continue to offer their time and expertise.
The names are:-
Bishop S 5D Edinburgh
Budden P 6DR Rickmansworth
Chapman T 5D Notts
Cutting D 5D Northumbria
Davis M 7DK Spain
Goodwin M 5D Birmingham
Hepburn J 6DR Glasgow
Holt T 7DK London
Honda S 6DR Glos
Howell J 7DK Horsham
Humm J 6DR London
Kincaid G 5D Glasgow
Matsuda K 5D Rickmansworth
Murray Threipland G 4D Newcastle
O'Donnell G 5D Halifax
O'Sullivan J 6DR Reading
Parker Dodd I 5D Glos
Plimbley S 4D Stoke on Trent
Raybould D 5D Birmingham
Salmon G 6DR Guildford
Scholfield E 5D Birmingham
Yanai N 7DK London
Yung K 6D London
National Men’s Kendo Squad Coach; National Woman’s Kendo Squad Coach.
These people are appointed by the Bu to take charge of the appropriate National Squads. Assistant
coaches will be appointed when and if appropriate.
Procedures relating to complaints
The Coaching Board may, at their discretion and the procedures outlined in the NCF code of ethics
notwithstanding, initiate procedures to examine claims and complaints made against BKA coaches who
appear to have acted contrary to the ethics of coaching, or the rules or regulations of this programme.
The result of these proceeding could be that
(i) No action is taken.
(ii) The coach is formally admonished.
(iii) The coach is suspended for a stated period of up to twelve months.
(iv) The coach is banned from coaching permanently.
In the case of (ii) and (iii) a period of supervisory support will given to ensure that the circumstances
leading to the complaint will not re-occur.
A written statement concerning any procedures will be provided to the executive and the parties
involved will be informed of the results of the examination and the reasons for them
Regional Arrangements for Kendo
Dojo have been arranged according to locality and national coaches and suggested regional coaches
have been allocated to the appropriate region. This is not the same layout as the Web Site but it is an
attempt to make sense distance-wise.
London and South East Hizen; Imperial; UCL; Nenriki; London City; Wakaba; Kashiwa; Mumeishi
Hatomoto Gillingham; Kyoshi Kai Canterbury and Gillingham; Shumpukan Dartford; University of
Holt T 7DK London
Humm J 6DR London
Yanai N 7DK London
Yung K 6D London
Regional coaches: Gibson S – London
Kettle N – London
North West; KNMS, Stockport; DSKYK Bolton; DSKYK Preston; Liverpool; DSKYK Halifax
O'Donnell G 5D Halifax
Regional coaches: Needham M – Manchester
Norse A – Preston
Swindells W – Manchester
Ware W Liverpool
North East; Budokan Darlington; Durham University; Northumbria University Newcastle on Tyne;
Ojika Newcastle on Tyne.
Cutting D 5D Northumbria
Murray Threipland G 4D Newcastle
Regional coaches: Petrie J – Northumbria
Dockwray G - Northumbria
East; Tsurugi Bashi Cambridge; Seikikan Norwich
No national coach
Regional coaches Stajano F- Cambridge.
South Midlands and Wales; UGKC, Glos; Shudokan Cheltenham; Bristol; Akai Ryuu Cardiff;
Oxford University, Oxford City
Parker Dodd I 5D Glos
Regional Coaches: Molloy M- Oxford
Lever D - Oxford
North Midlands; Gaku Shi Juku Leicester; Nagamitsu Birmingham; Doyukai Nottingham; Kashi No
Ki north Notts; Kagamishin Stoke on Trent.
Chapman T 5D Notts
Goodwin M 5D Birmingham
Plimbley S 4D Stoke-on-Trent
Raybould D 5D Birmingham
Scholfield E 5D Birmingham
Regional coach: Wormall D - Ollerton
South Central; Reading; Kodokan Rickmansworth; Ichi Byo Shi Hemel Hempstead; Mychett
Camberley; University of Surrey Guildford; Shinbukan Horsham, Portsmouth and Southampton
Budden P 6DR Rickmansworth
Howell J 7DK Horsham
Matsuda K 5D Rickmansworth
O’Sullivan J 6D Reading
Salmon G 7DR Guildford
Regional coach: McLaughlin P –Southampton
South West; Tsunami Watchett; Yamamichi Exeter; Yamamichi Taunton; Cornwall, Penryn and
No national coach
Regional coaches: Glanville A-Cornwall
Rowe R- Tsunami
Scotland Aberdeen; Glasgow; Edinburgh, St Andrews.
Bishop S 5D Edinburgh
Hepburn J 6DR Glasgow
Kincaid G 5D Glasgow
Regional coach: Smith D- Glasgow
BKA Coaching Committee April 207
Diary of Events
Here is a list of all Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo related events in the U.K. and others of interest in Europe.
Events that span all three disciplines are marked (All).
This information is Provisional at the time of going to print and will be updated in future issues.
The CLOSING DATE for all shinsa (gradings) is TWO CALENDAR MONTHS prior to the day of the
exam. Contact FOR ALL UK shinsa is the Grading Officer and NOT the person in charge of running
the seminar. For all overseas Grading, members must contact John Howell for a letter of permission.
Date 07 Description / Location Discipline Contact (addresses not
Details expanded can be found in
14th April National Kendo Nagamitsu Kendo Malcolm Goodwin
seminar & Taikai Birmingham
27th to 29th European Kendo Lisbon Portugal Kendo John Howell
29th April EKF Kendo Lisbon Portugal Kendo John Howell
12th May AGM and Spring Kodokan Rickmansworth All Ric Schofield
19th May First Aid Course Kashi no ki All Trevor Chapman
19 May Kendo Seminar Tsunami Kendo Adrian Rowe
20 May Kendo Grading Tsunami Kendo firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Kyu to 3rd Dan Watchet
9th & 10th Sir Frank Bowden Kashi No Ki Kendo Trevor Chapman
June Taikai &
Premier’s cup Ollerton email@example.com
14 July Kendo seminar Kagami shin Stoke Kendo Steve Plimbley
15th July Kendo grading Kagami shin Stoke Kendo Keith Dawick
1st Kyu to 4th Dan
th th nd
17 to 19 22 Int Kodokan Kodokan Rickmansworth Kendo Paul Budden
August Kendo seminar
19 Kendo grading Kodokan Rickmansworth Kendo Keith Dawick
members only firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Kyu to 5th Dan
1st British Open Kashi no ki Kendo Trevor Chapman
championships Ollerton email@example.com
2 First Aid Course Kashi no ki All Trevor Chapman
22 BKA Kyu Grade Imperial College, Ethos Kendo Trevor Chapman
September Taikai Sports Centre. London
20 Kendo Pre Kodokan Rickmansworth Kendo Paul Budden
October grading seminar
21 Kendo Grading, Mumeishi Cranford Kendo Keith Dawick
October 1stKyu to 4thDan
October Kyusha Seminar Kashi No Ki Kendo Trevor Chapman
and Grading 7th to
2nd kyu Ollerton firstname.lastname@example.org
17 Mumeishi 3’s Mumeishi Kendo Terry Holt
1 National Kendo Kashi no ki Kendo Trevor Chapman
seminar & Taikai Ollerton email@example.com
Kendo Squad Training & Schedule:
Squad training sessions are usually held once a month. These take place over a weekend. Anyone
interested in being involved with the squad is welcome to attend. There is a charge of £3 per
session to help cover costs.
The next training weekend will be held at Kodokan Dojo in Rickmansworth on Sat & Sun 26 & 27th
Dates for 2007:
May 26th & 27th
June 23rd & 24th June
Saturday: Ladies practice[all ages ] 10am to 1pm
There will be no Squad in July and August.
The first squad with the New Chief National Coach Matsumoto sensei will be in September the
actual dates will be published shortly
Kodokan Kendo Dojo
Princess Marina Sports Complex
The Royal Masonic School for Girls
Herts. WD3 4HF
Directions (View a map)
By Road: From the M25 Junction 18 (Amersham/Chorleywood exit) take the A404 towards
Rickmansworth for about 1 mile. The school is on the left hand side; use the second, signposted
entrance (the first is closed). If you reach the Rickmansworth Station roundabout, you’ve gone too far,
so go back up Chorleywood Road (A404) and the entrance is about 400m on the right. Parking is in the
main school car park. Access to the sports complex is on foot (follow the signs). The gates are not
locked, but please close after entry.
By Rail: Rickmansworth Station is on the Metropolitan Line (Baker Street-Amersham) and the Chiltern
Line (Marylebone-Aylesbury). The school is just a short walk from the station. From the station front
entrance, turn right and follow the above directions from the station roundabout.
Check out: www.stilwell.co.uk Hertfordshire inc Rickmansworth and surrounding area.
Re: Ladies Introduction to Squad Training
You are cordially invited to attend the Ladies Special Practice being held at Kodokan Dojo on the
morning of Saturday 23rd June
The practice is to focus on Shiai specifically as an introduction to Squad training for those of you who
might like to join the regular Squad training
sessions and future selection for the National Teams, want to learn about Shiai or just to get some
training in with other ladies. You will not need to bring a bokuto as it will be only Shinai practice
10.30am to 1.00pm
This is followed by the regular squad training 2pm – 5pm
Instructed by Yung Sensei and you are welcome to stay and join.
[But you will need to bring your own lunch]
There is no charge for attending this session; however there is a £3 practice fee if you join the
I would ask you to please reply to me by e-mail:
So that I can assess the numbers and grade levels participating.
For access details, maps etc please check out the Kodokan Website on the BKA website:
I look forward to seeing you on the 23 rd June.
Kazuyo Matsuda. 5th Dan
BKA Ladies National Coach
Kendo: GLASGOW Seminar 2007
PANG JING SHENG 8600
In addition the following candidate passed keiko section and is eligible to re-take Kata at any grading
in the next 12 months.
Kendo: Spring SOUTHERN AREA GRADING 2007
MIN LIN 8368
KYEONG SEON CHA 8732
In addition the following candidate passed keiko section and is eligible to re-take Kata at any grading
in the next 12 months.
Y.KURIHARA 6433 08.06.89
M.KURASHINA 6198 18.05.59
P.WHITFIELD 3963 19.01.55
J.GALE 3411 08.10.54
The BKA recommend Nine Circles and Emai shop UK for all equipment purchases.
BKA Book List (available only from nine circles)
Kendo The Definitive Guide - Ozawa
Looking at a Far Mountain - Budden
Fundamental Kendo Vols 1 & 2 - ZNKR (BKA Only item)
Japanese-English Kendo Dictionary - ZNKR (BKA Only item)
Check out the ‘Kendo World’ list of available titles
Nippon Kendo Kata - All Japan Kendo Federation – NEW
Iai Manual - All Japan Kendo Federation – NEW
The BKA have the following items on offer to members only!
39 Shinai ‘Gold quality’ @ £30 each
BKA tenegui @ £5 each
Car stickers £3 each
Blazer badges £12 each
BKA pin badges £3
Referee's progress log £3
12th WKC items:
Shinai bags £10
Sweat shirts £8
Limited amount of polo and T shirts £4
Key rings £1
Pin badges £1
Luggage tags £1
Mouse mats £1
All items are plus post & packaging and can be purchased by cheque/cash.
Contact: Dean Wormall
If you have budo related equipment item[s] that you wish to part with then please email us with
details and you can be included in the next newsletter (online and printed version).
This can include books, shinai, clothing, 2nd hand bogu, etc - anything relevant.
I have for sale the following kit: men, do, tare, kote in good condition, with bag. Cost £250 new and
used for approximately 15 months. Asking just £80.
Also for sale hakama (£15) for height 5ft 8" and gi (suitable for 40" chest size) for £10. Or £95 the lot
with many new spares for shinai thrown in.
Buyer pays delivery cost, or arrangement made for collection/ transfer within reason.
Contact Ron Sale on 01767 222538 (evenings or weekends) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard Golf case for sale: suitable to transporting equipment like Iaito etc safely and securely. Will
hold 10 such items. Contact: Alvin Long 01268 403343
Full set of kendo armour for sale...(used twice). plus one hakama and kendogi
all to fit adult size.also one shinai and boken. Price.(£150.00)..
Contact Richard Chopsockymills@aol.com
Compression suits …check out: http://www.bsccompression.co.uk
Contact Paul Budden: email@example.com
Maggie’s Women Kendo Workshop
24th Feb 2007
Maggie Keswick Jencks, the founder of the Maggie’s centres fought breast cancer three times in her
life. During the second time while she was taking a high doze of medications together with
Chemotherapy treatment she wrote a paper called ‘'A view from the Front Line'. She worked
continuously during this time to improve the hospital (at that time the Western General Hospital,
Edinburgh) an environment for the future patients.
She was said to have enjoyed her life till the very end, which otherwise could have been merely
depressing and miserable if she didn’t take a proactive role toward her own treatment.
Organising this event deeply attributes to my involvement in the big word ‘cancer’. and for me it
worked somehow as an opportunity for a personal expression of grief, anger and strong wish that
nobody should experience the same. It was also an opportunity for sharing – sometimes we seem to
need to do this for a good reason. So it was not purely just a wish to help others.
There is a mechanism of benefiting the charity groups in obtaining financial support, for the organisers
and the participants in publicly expressing their past personal experience of possibly a great pain, and
in sharing with others which includes sponsors and alike as well as those involved directly with the
It seems there can be a tendency at times that personal experiences mould us and lead us to get
involved in charity and for me it took 4 years to actually make it happen since my friend’s death.
I have known about Maggie's Centres from work related experiences and learnt that the way this
independent charity organisation centre works for cancer patients’ needs and similarly of their families
is so unique compared to other hospices and hospitals.
At the same time, I have had a strong wish for encouraging women’s Kendo in Scotland for some time
as I had heard about two of the higher-graded female Kendoka in Edinburgh who had been away for a
while due to their injuries. It may be quite an arrogant thought but at the Ladies seminar held in
February previous year some 40 women gathered, of which half ere from Scotland. I wished some kind
of reunion with them, together with others from around the country. Time had passed and I wondered
how this could now be achieved.
It was at the Women Seminar held in the end of October last year at Witten (run by Rie Sato Kyoshi 7
dan), a small town in Germany near Stuttgart when I first proposed to several British ladies a workshop
in which female Kendoka are to perform1000 Kiri kaeshi for a charity. We were probably a little bit
tipsy but some good interest came back and in November I started to write to people.
By the start of this year I had a good working relationship with the Maggie’s centre’s staff in
establishing the administrative part of the event. By the end of January there were 8 candidates, mainly
from Scotland. The BKA PRO officer prepared publications to go out. It was a long introduction but
this is how the Maggie’s Women Kendo Workshop started. With the largest interest from Edinburgh
Kendo Club (EKC), Edinburgh University Kendo Club (EUK) and Aberdeen Kendo Club the list of
names were being added to each week.
The day was quite amazing, 19 of us started the Kiri kaeshi with Sonkyo and the same 19 performed to
their utmost until the end, made Sonkyo together at the end to finish ahead of schedule including 4 non-
armoured beginners from EUK.
From Aberdeen, Yamazaki sensei drove down with his wife and his youngest 11-year-old son. He also
brought students from his club and a couple of students from Tokyo Science University.
Apparently they were studying English (Scottish) there, recommended by Ozawa Hiroshi Sensei to
learn communication through Kendo abroad, two members from Reading, 1 from Kagamishin, 2 from
Kodokan and 1 from Switzerland who is currently residing in London, the rest were local EKC
members, one who took on the sole responsibility for counting the numbers due to her own injury.
It was later that we noticed the precise calculation she did in her records, with busy bars of 4 neatly,
repetitively recorded and looking rather mysterious.
She called every 100 times on the white board, there were cheers and some wild yelling as we went
along. I made the usual instruction ‘move-round’ each time, so would have done this 503 times – no
wonder my voice went sore at the end of the day.
Despite my announcement at the start to take regular drinks of water from time during the marathon,
few did, which was not really good, but it was just that everyone was so conscious of what we were
striving to achieve.
The exercise went on and on without a break in the usual two line – ‘move-to-the-right’ format. As we
were 19 there was one person waiting, so this would be the only break. Plus there were 4 beginners
only performing as Kakarite in Kiri kaeshi and not receiving and all credit to them for completing this
arduous task at such an early stage in their Kendo lives .
You as fully armoured would have been only receiving during this time. This may sound easier but at
the time when we reached 700 Kiri kaeshi, the cycle of continuous Kiri kaeshi for 10 times – 2 minutes
rest – 4 times receiving that we had been making became suddenly very draining (at least for me) and it
seemed obvious that everyone’s performance level had significantly and suddenly dropped.
The relentless merry-go-round went on however, and we nearly reached a breaking point.
I was impressed by Atsushi, the youngest son of Yamazaki sensei from Aberdeen for his continuous
spirit and ability to maintain his good performance, which at one point looked to be failing. I seem to
remember that it was when we reached about 600 I asked him to stop and rest for the 3rd time, but his
response was made quickly and clearly that he was fine and wanted to continue his journey until the
end. He did indeed and completed his journey somehow with an reinvigorated spirit. I could not predict
though that apparently it was his father who needed such a proposal of retirement as being the oldest of
the group – this was discovered later.
It was not only Atsushi who was the great encouragement every time I met, there was also Ms Seki
from Aberdeen who have had practiced Kendo for only 10 months, she continued her large strikes,
which was a familiar style, as we all have learnt Kendo strikes just like this at the beginning.
Although her speed was not there at all from the start, the correctness of her cutting action was the best
of us all on that day.
Sarra of EKC had rediscovered her seriousness towards her enjoyment of Kendo, Karen, Etsuko and
Sarah demonstrated their honest approach. The students from Tokyo Science Uni focused on their
superb Men strikes throughout.
As nothing had been instructed at the start of how the performance was expected, all of us attempted to
do our best Kiri Kaeshi and it was interesting to witness especially after 700 had passed, how
everyone’s kiri kaeshi technically seemed to have improved, and especially those who usually have bad
body coordination or who tend to cut small.
One secret of this was perhaps the fantastic energy we shared and created throughout the workshop.
We encouraged each other, as the exercise was hard in the extreme. But at the very heart of it – there
was no secret technique to ease the exercise, nor any short cut.
If you can invent an easier way of doing this exercise – this indeed would be an enlightenment!
However the correct way to do Kiri kaeshi and yes it is an easy and typical answer to Kendo studies, is
always by repetitive and hard exercise in order to loosen the unnecessary tense and force in our arms,
with body coordination naturally put together in order to minimise the excessive use of energy…...
How wonderfully simple!
A few people told me afterwards that they had memories and thoughts of their relatives and friends
who had fought and died of cancer during the exercise.
So every cut really meant something to them. Every strike was their expression of anger, struggle and
loss that had to transform love into grief without control.
It was felt that this event made a marriage of expression in an extraordinary part of our lives with
orthodox Kendo exercise brought together into one exquisite art form.
At the time of writing we have raised £650 via online and £308.83 by cheque and cash and with the gift
aid scheme, which adds 28% to the total we have collected £1160.94
I never expected the donation to be so much.
Many thanks to EKC and EUK members who joined in the Ji geiko at the end as we finished 1006
kirikaeshi about 1 hour earlier than planned – that Ji geiko was something as both my feet were
cramped and my limbs were aching.
Some performed even more Kiri kaeshi during this Ji geiko as a kind of joke – so there remains even
more hope for next time!
The contrast on everyone’s face was very nice – from a complete nervousness at the beginning to
smiles and laughter afterwards. Having accomplished 1006 Kiri kaeshi (this comes from the precise
counting!) all together by helping and inspiring each other this short-term bond ended as we left the
sport hall and continued in the local pub, the Tun. As promised the taste of whatever the liquid was
The event was followed by the Sunday University practice where we were lead by Budden sensei with
an introduction to a fascinating Koryu: Ono ha Itto-Ryu. Through the exercises of Ono ha Itto-Ryu
movement, we learned part of the route and some old Kendo history.
I would like to thank Mr. Steve Bishop and Edinburgh University Kendo Club for hosting the event,
Mr. Paul Budden and Mr. Paul Gray of the BKA for supporting the event. Good luck to Scottish female
Kendoka! and Maggie’s event will hopefully return sometime next year.
Kazuyo Matsuda: April 2007
5 Nations Championship, 6 – 8 April, 2007, Edinburgh
A new year and a new team with a different outlook.
After the retirements of Scotty and Brian after the Kendo World Championships, and the departure of
Honda-sensei to Japan, there were a lot of new faces in the ranks of Team GB. Nobody really knew
what to expect, but confidence was high and everyone believed that this would be a competition to
The team arrived in dribs and drabs on Friday afternoon. By 17.00 we were all assembled in the
Pollock Hall dining room for supper. For some this meant something light and nutritious. For others,
especially Max, the open buffet style meant four heaped plates of food finished off by a slice of
Evening keiko started at 19.00 and offered us a chance to check out the competition. As usual, the
Germans had sent a strong team, supplemented this year by a young man called Christ. Given that it
was Easter we had a whip round to buy him an egg. The Swedes were also looking strong under their
The next day’s competition started at the very civilized time of 9.30. This was good news for the Finns
who were delayed and had arrived somewhat sozzled in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The GB men were divided into two, equally balanced, teams. Team A was comprised of Alan
Thompson, Joe Tsoi and Jon Fitzgerald, who shared the senpo and jiho roles, and Max Davies, Mark
Halls and Stuart Gibson, who covered chuken, fukusho and taisho.
Team B was Jake Barber, Theo Rutter and Matt Wake (senpo/jiho) and Barry Straughan, Andy Fisher
and Will Wright (chuken, fukusho and taisho respectively).
Gibbo gave us a speech on what he expected of us, which boiled down to ‘Enjoy yourselves, learn from
this, and don’t go out of bounds’ – good advice for anybody before a shiai. His thoughts were echoed
by Will, who reminded us that we were picked because we’re good enough.
Team A had the somewhat unenviable task of fighting Germany first and went down, all guns blazing,
3-0. They improved against Sweden (L 2-1), managed a draw against Finland (2-2) and won
convincingly against Switzerland (4-0).
Team B’s first fight was against Team A. This is always difficult as we know each other’s kendo so
well. Team B just nudged it, winning on points after the matched were drawn.
Next up was Sweden, and unfortunately we couldn’t improve on Team A’s performance, and then we
had Finland. Jake got off to a cracking start, scoring 2 kotes in the space of about a minute and a half, I
drew, and then the match just slipped away from us. The German’s were up next and inflicted a 4-0
defeat, which only left the Swiss who we beat quite convincingly 4-0.
It is worth mentioning how close the margins are between victory and defeat at this level. Often a team
fight was decided by just one point. It shows how important training is; both physical and mental
training so that you can concentrate for the full five minutes, and technical training so that if one thing
doesn’t work you can try another, and then another.
One thing we were criticized for was trying the same technique over and over again with zero results. I
think we have to learn to be comfortable with all strikes (men, kote, do, tsuki) and renzoku, shikake
and oji waza. It is not enough to think ‘I have a good men, so I’ll just use that’. The competition
showed that at this level it doesn’t cut it.
individuals started after lunch. We were divided into pools of five. Each person would fight twice and
the winner would be the person with the most victories or, in case of a draw, the most points.
Max and Gibbo emerged victorious from their pools, and then had to fight each other. Gibbo won and
advanced to the semis, where he beat Schulcke. In the final he met Herr Herr, the German jodan
It was interesting watching Gibbo in these fights. In one short passage he launched a tobikomi men,
then a tsuki, then a harai kote, and then a hiki men – 4 different techniques in the space of about 15
seconds, and it was always him who made the correct distance to attack. I don’t think anyone doubted
he was going to win and, after a long fight, he won it with a deft push from tsubazeriai to unbalance his
opponent, and then a men.
The final results were:
Teams Men: 1. = GER, 2. = FIN, 3. = SWE;
Men: 1. = Gibson (GBR), 2. = Herr (GER), 3. = Kato (GER) and Schullcke (GER)
Fighting Spirit: = Andy Fisher (GBR)
The German coach later described Gibbo’s victory as, ‘the only black spot on Germany’s results’.
After the prize giving we retired to the bar for the Sayonara Party. It is probably best to draw a veil
over this part of the trip, enough to say that if kendo was a biathlon with drinking as the second leg
then we would have won.
Again, the planners of the tournament had been kind to us and the keiko on Sunday morning didn’t
start until 11.00. I distinguished myself in my first combat by dropping my shinai in the opening
seconds while attempting a simple kote. ‘I am wearing this zekken for someone else’ I explained; or
would have done if I hadn’t thought of the excuse three hours later when I was sitting in the airport.
Thanks go to everyone who made this event possible, the BKA and Edinburgh University Kendo club
for the smooth organization, the judges for their time, the time keepers, scorers and everyone who
worked behind the scenes. It was greatly appreciated.
Finally, I acknowledge that there are lots of fights, and fighters, who I have left out of this report.
However, my lasting memory of this taikai will be the team spirit that was so evident throughout the
weekend. I think this is a credit to everyone involved in Team GB.
After the competition someone said that they couldn’t ever remember being involved in a team with so
many friends. I second that opinion and urge everyone who has not come to squad training to get
involved. The BKA has put this great resource at your disposal and it is up to you to benefit from it.
Squad member Matt Wake: April 2007
Ozawa Sensei Seminar: 31 March – 1st April 2007.Ollerton
Kashi no ki members with the Sensei
This year’s Ozawa Hiroshi’s Seminar also celebrated the 20 th anniversary of the hosting club Kashi no
Ozawa Sensei this year was accompanied by Sensei: Meguro 7 th dan, Takeyama 7th dan and his son,
plus Kobukan students: Mr. Fujieda from New York and Mr. Antoon Burgers from Holland.
From the UK Geoff Salmon 7th dan the Chairman of the BKA, Terry Holt 7th dan of Mumeishi Kendo
club, Yanai Norimtsu 7th dan of London City Kendo club, Paul Budden 6th dan BKA Kendo Bucho,
KC Yung 6th dan from Mumeishi and Mr. Miyagawa from Kashi No Ki, assisted at the seminar.
Also friends and colleagues Mr. and Mrs. Matsumoto from Japan, who had stayed in the UK the
previous year and attended last year’s seminar, returned to add their support.
The interpreter was Antoon Burgers who used to live in Japan and is a long time student of Ozawa
The number of participants was 55 in total, including members from Aberdeen, the North East of
England, Wales, Portsmouth and the South of England. With all ages and levels from Mudan to 5th dan
being catered for
The seminar started with a presentation to the mayor of Nottingham, who along with the other
dignitaries, had contributed greatly to promoting Kendo in the region and were supporting the event.
Guided by Trevor Chapman the Sensei of the Kashi no ki Kendo Club, the party stayed and watched
the first part of the seminar for over half an hour –which was quite outside of their normal time
allocation for such official visits, as they were very impressed with the art of Kendo.
Ozawa sensei was thanked by them and made the opening speech.
The seminar focused on ‘Yuko-datotsu’ and the points to consider in order to make ‘valid strikes’
In his rather short lecture on the second day, he pointed out the required processes of Yuko-datotsu: 1.
Kamae 2. Seme-ai (Seme from both players) 3. Seme-katsu (winning in Seme-ai) 4. the Strike and 5.
The emphasis was on the second and third processes in which ‘San-sappou’ - breaking through your
opponent by three ways should be utilised: Spirit, Sword and Body.
He emphasised that without ‘winning in Seme-ai’, the subsequent ‘strike’ has no effect.
Day 1: Saturday morning saw us divided into three groups, the A group from 3 rd dan to 5th dan focusing
on ‘Seme’ before each striking action, B group from 1 st kyu to 2nd dan focused on basic striking actions
and C group of below 1st kyu level focused on footwork.
This system was repeated again the next day in order to revise the exercises.
As the hall space was divided into three practice areas, the highest grades the A group were relied on
for their common sense in regard to the H & S issues expected when practicing within a busy space, by
maintaining the central position.
A two minute timing on the Taiko was given for the Ji geiko which followed, so that although the
queues were long, the waiting time was not so disappointing. Some queued to practice with Ozawa
sensei time and again.
On the second day after the revision exercises, the 4 th dan and 5th dan - total 11 took Motodachi and
received Uchi komi and Kakari-geiko.
The practice continued with the motodachi then doing Kakari-geiko with each other, while the lower
grades watched. But the great thing was that the high grades then started Ji geiko with the Sensei
straight after this, while the lower grades were still watching.
Aspects of Kendo like this make it more interesting for me as it always makes us think about
something more than the reason for studying Kendo just being about physical training.
We often behave differently in front of other groups of people, but we know that we should be
behaving the same way at all times no matter how the circumstances change. For the lower grades it as
an opportunity for ‘Mitori-geiko’ with their minds completely calm.
Ji geiko was joined by the lower grades 20 minutes later - 2 minutes again with the Taiko being
sounded each time.
This year the Kata practice was something very unusual and quite unique.
In the afternoon after an Enbu of Nihon Kendo Kata with Paul Budden Sensei, Ozawa sensei then
made a second Enbu of Mizoguchi-ha Itto-Ryu with Meguro sensei.
For us watching this was something… very scary, as we witnessed a practical application of sword
technique, where a sword cut was made to the back of the neck as final movement, nothing like the
Kendo Kata that we are familiar with or even Ono-ha Itto-ryu.
It did though, have a similarity to Jodo movement in the way the sword here also very technically,
focuses on particular points of the other person’s anatomy, aiming to cut particular named tendons and
to stop the person’s movement.
Quite cold blooded but yet still very beautiful to watch
Thanks to Ozawa Sensei’s generosity, the A group had an opportunity to practice the first 2 movements
of Mizoguchi-ha, or ‘Sayu-Tenka-Deshin-no-Hidachi’. There are 5 Tachi forms and 3 Kodachi forms
and every technique is always applied on both the left and the right sides (‘Sayu’) symmetrically for
each form, evading the opponent’s directions to the sides (‘Tenkan’). Ozawa Sensei stressed that
applying these movements in our Shinai Kendo would improve the footwork and become very
effective especially for smaller people against larger opponents.
B group enjoyed a good practice of Nihon Kendo Kata Kodachi three movements and C group had a
complete insight and practice of the Kihon Keiko ho.
An additional highlight of the seminar was Ozawa Sensei’s planting of an oak tree celebrating the 30 th
anniversary of Kashi no ki Kendo Club.
The tree shall grow as the friendship will grow even more in the future decades that follow, just as we
know Sherwood’s other famous tree ‘the Major Oak’ has in its 1000 year history and continues to do
Finally I would like to thank Ozawa Sensei for his dedication and Trevor Chapman, the members of
Kashi no ki for organising the seminar and all of their support to the BKA and Kendo in the UK
I would like to thank also all of the Sensei for their time and patience and Antoon Burgers for his
The seminar ended with Ozawa Sensei’s new and the third publication on swords being generously
presented to all attendees, who queued again to have their books signed with his writing ‘Ware igai
mina Waga Shi’ (everyone is my teacher except myself).
This years Watchet Kendo seminar will be held at:
Danes field school, North Road, Williton, Somerset, TA4 4SW.
GRADING: Please remember that grading applications must be submitted to the BKA grading officer
officer 2 months before. Successful applicants: Bring your BKA license & membership card to the
Saturday only = £20.00
Saturday and Sunday = £35.00
Sunday = £15.00
Seminar cheques made payable to: BKA. Account no. 3123 5204
Send with the booking form to:
Mr. A Rowe
34 Crabtree Park
Time Table and booking information
Doors open at 09.00 am for prompt start at 10.00am
LUNCH 1-2PM – Practice ends at 16.00 hrs (4.00pm)
Doors open at 09.00am for prompt start at 10.00am
LUNCH 1-2PM Grading from 2pm at Minehead
ON BOTH DAYS THE BUILDING MUST BE CLEARED BY 17.00 (5PM)
Thank you and best regards
Adrian Rowe – Tsunami dojo
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Blue Anchor hotel, Blue Anchor, Minehead, TA24 6JP
Dragon House Hotel, Billbrook, Minehead, TA24 6HQ
Greenbay, Washford, Watchet, TA23 ONN
Hall farm guesthouse, 5 station road, Stogumber TA4 3TQ
Hilltop, 46a Brendon Road, Watchet, TA23 OHX
Raleghs cross-inn hotel, Brendon Hill, Exmoor TA23 OLN
West Somerset Hotel, 17 Swain Street, Watchet TA23 OAB
The Georgian House, Swain Street, Watchet, TA23 OAD
Ratcliffe House B&B, Harbour Road, Watchet, TA23 OAQ
Rose Cottage, 2 Esplanade Lane, Watchet, TA23 OAH
Severn House, Market Street, Watchet, TA23 OAN
Seyburns, 14 Market Street, Watchet
Snailholt, St.Decumans lanes, Watchet
The Green, 25 West Street, Watchet, TA23 OBQ
Hartnells, 28 Long street, Williton
Wyndham house, 4-sea view terrace, Watchet TA23 ODF
The Langbury, Blue Anchor, Minehead, TA24 6LB
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Kendo Watchet Seminar 19 – 20th May 2007
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The 22nd KODOKAN International KENDO Seminar
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August 2007
Supported by the BRITISH KENDO ASSOCIATION
With: MASATAKE SUMI 8th DAN, HANSHI,
Assisted by Junichi Tashiro 8th Dan Kyoshi, Susumu Nagao Sensei 8th Dan Kyoshi, Morio Kumamoto
7th Dan Kyoshi and Junpei Matsumoto 7th Dan Kyoshi.
This Years Seminar will again take place at our Dojo in the Princess Marina Sports Centre,
All location details are on our website: www.kodokankendo.org.uk
The official Check in is from 9am on Friday.
This seminar is fully residential ONLY: Inc. Accommodation/ Light lunch/ Evening Meal, Friday &
Saturday (plus Breakfast) and Breakfast/ Lunch on Sunday.
All single and shared room accommodation.
NO External visits or attendance will be permitted
PRICE £220.00. Plus additions as listed.
All communication will be by e-mail following receipt of deposit/payment
As in previous seminars, there will be a practice on Thursday evening 16 th August and bed &
Breakfasts are available, prices as indicated on the application form.
Places are limited to seventy, so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
On Thursday the 16th there will be a special senior grade practice for one day only, for 3rd Dan and
above and Dojo leaders even if their grade is less than 3rd Dan.
Times: from 10am until 12pm and 2pm until 5pm. The cost for this practice will be £35 per person
inc.lunch and you do not have to be participating in the rest of the Seminar, to attend. [But you do
need to apply, please use the application form]
On Sunday the 19th August, there will be a Dan examination
1st Dan to 5th Dan. This grading is open to participants of the seminar only,
No external candidates will be accepted.
Full details from the BKA grading officer: Mr Keith Dawick
This seminar takes place only once a year, so don’t miss it!
I am as always, indebted for the continuing support of Sumi Sensei in this the 22nd Seminar. Don’t
forget: SEVENTY PLACES ONLY. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The price remains as the 2006 costs for accommodation, food and facility hire.
Best regards. Paul BUDDEN
Application Form for the 22nd KODOKAN International KENDO Seminar:
17th to 19th August 2007
Please reserve (No of places at £220).................
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Balance due: £60 by 25th April. £50 by 25th June. £50 by 25th July.
PHYSICAL CONDITION OR SPECIAL NEEDS (No funnies please).
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Aprox arrival time........…..
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KODOKAN Kendo Dojo. C/O. P A BUDDEN. Gomm’s Corner,
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Kyu Grade Taikai – 22nd September 2007
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