Warriors of Budo Episode Five: Kendo

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Explore traditional and modern day Kendo in Japan from classical Kenjutsu to the Kendo championships at the Budokan.


Kendo or the way of the sword, has seen many changes over the last sixty years partly as a result of the dissemination of Budo culture outside Japan. To understand this phenomenon and how it evolved, we need to know what the spirit of Kendo is. Is it Budo... a way to cultivate oneself? Or is it a competitive sport in which winning is the ultimate objective?

Nowadays, Japan is taking the World Championships very seriously and acknowledges the fact that non-Japanese can exhibit a very high standard of Kendo. "It drove home to me how Kendo has affected me and become part of my DNA" says Alex Bennett just after passing his 7th dan Kendo examination on his first attempt. "And that is exactly what the examiners are looking for".

At the Tokyo family dojo of Sensei Hiroshi Ozawa, classical swordmanship is practiced alongside Kendo. Born into a large family of Kendo masters, Ozawa Sensei firmly believes that training in classical sword technique is the best way to develop one's Kendo. "I notice when doing Kendo sparring I find myself doing Koryu techniques. It makes sense. It is the root of Kendo".

Sending opponent's to the floor with foot-sweeps and grappling may seem abhorrent to those who practice Kendo as a sport but this is part of the pre-war Kendo that is being preserved at the Ichikenkai Haga dojo. Sensei Terukuni Uki, a student of the founder Junichi Haga, says "Words like old-style Kobudo or Kobujutsu are used but If you practice old techniques without forgetting their origin and spirit then such words as 'old' are not needed". Old or new, Kendo continues to evolve, whether your objective is winning competitions or developing yourself as a better person.

Chapter One: The beginning with Sensei Yoshihiko Inoue
Chapter Two: Koryu Kenjutsu, the root of Kendo
Chapter Three: The Nippon Kendo Kata
Chapter Four: Pre-war Kendo of Ichikenkai Haga Dojo
Chapter Five: Kendo with Sensei Hiroshi Ozawa

Additional information

Length (Runtime)

60 Minutes

Digital Format

HD 1920×1080 MP4


English Language

4 reviews for Warriors of Budo Episode Five: Kendo

  1. Dave Gallagher

    I have now downloaded the first three episodes in the Warriors of Budo series. All three are excellent. Empty Mind Films is a name associated with high quality and this series is no exception. I give them five stars out of five.

  2. Alberto

    Beautiful great stuff

  3. Karim Lassoud

    After 20 years experience in Martial Arts, I sincerely believe that Empty Mind Films, Warriors of Budo are remarkable quality, for the presentation, the explanations of the art, The quality of the shooting. A pleasure for the eyes and the spirit. Accompanied by discoveries and information which are little approached by competitors. A REAL PLEASURE!

  4. Sancho

    These are really well done DVDs. Shot on-scene in Japan (in this case). I really enjoy watching them and hope they continue to expand their line. In depth interviews with senior students and master instructors, very enjoyable.

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