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Kendo Concepts  

This section will present selected quotes from "Japanese-English Dictionary of Kendo", All Japan Kendo Federation 2000. Many terms and concepts in kendo are somewhat obscure so, a new word or phrase will be posted here regularly extracted from this excellent book. Use the forum to discuss any of the concepts presented in this section.

ri-ho (n.)

The principle, logic or reason of something; a law. Kenjutsu (fencing) originated as a fight for one's life, and it developed as a skill to defeat an opponent. Depending on the way one uses one's heart and mind, however, it can also become the skill to enhance one's own life and that of the opponent (katsunin-ken). A swing of the sword gives the chance to become aware of the life and death, both of one's own and others'. This is a central tenet of modern kendo. One lives one's life only once so that life depends on each swing of the sword (shinai) against the opponent. Therefore, one should put all of one's self, body and soul, into every swing. Consequently, in order to perfect such a no-going back swing, ken-no-ri-ho ( the principles of the katana) provides the way to strive to perform the proper mental attitude, the proper posture, and full spirit. Applying these principles disciplines the human character.


This term explains the ideal way of using the mind and body when facing an opponent in keiko or a match. The state where the mind is calmly watching the opponent even though the body is moving rapidly. The contrasting term sei-chu-do refers to the state where even though the body outwardly appears to be still, inwardly the mind is fully ready to respond at any time. The term combining these two states is do-sei-ichinyo.

What's New  

The Mt Gravatt hall will not be available on the following dates:

Thursday June 9
Saturday June 11
Monday June 13
Thursday June 16
Saturday june 18
Monday June 20
Saturday August 13
Monday August 15
Thursday August 25
Monday August 29
Thursday September 8
Saturday September 10
Monday September 12
Monday October 17
Thursday November 10
Saturday November 12
Monday November 14
Thursday November 17
Saturday November 19
Monday November 21

This is a great starter pack for kendo beginners from e-bogu.com >> click here
Ken Shin Kai recommends e-bogo.com as excellent suppliers of quality kendo equipment. >> click here for website.

We have now established the bank account for direct transfers of monthly membership fees. To go to detail page >> click here

For details and maps >> click here
For new training times and costs >> click here

We are proud to present the creative talents of one of our dedicated members, Alexis. Her skill in making Sageo rivals the best in Japanese talent and her Sageo are used by all KSK Iaidoka. Contact Alexis directly >> click here or go to her website >> click here.

We have sourced a supplier of Tare name covers in Brisbane. Details will be posted here shortly so that covers may be ordered at any time via a form on the site. This service will also be avialable for any embroidery on hakama, gi, etc. It is also provided for other dojo's who would like to contact our supplier for their own needs via the same form.

Go to our links page for a lis of equipment providers. >> click here


General video recordings of training sessions for student feedback. These videos were recorded by John from general training sessions. They require the Flash 8 Player. If you don't have it, the popup will direct you to the Adobe website.
Files will begin playing automatically after 50% has downloaded. Click the links below to view the selected clip. As space is limited on the server, these clips will be replaced as new ones are recorded.

Instructions to keep a copy of the flash video.

After the video file has been fully downloaded to your hard drive, copy the file from your Temporary Internet Files directory to another location where you want to keep copies for your records. Download this free Flash Video viewer from which you can easily view the Flash video files after they have been saved >> Flash Viewer >> click here

John's Iai on his back deck - seitei 15-06-08 (Iai_John_15-06-08.flv)


General Ken Shin Kai files in PDF format and links to other useful files and nfo.

If you don't have the Acrobat reader, click on this link to get it.

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