Kendo Kai Higashi

Kendo Kai Higashi was founded in 1988 in Arnhem for training Kendo. Now, several years later,  we are also practicing the following disciplines:  Jodo, Iaido and Katori Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu. All disciplines originate from the old Samurai traditions.  We will be giving several workshops at Anime 2011, one for each discipline. If you are interested please feel free to stop by and sign up at Event Plaza.

Iaido, the art of "drawing the sword",

was founded in the 16th century by Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu. By smoothly drawing the sword in a controlled manner, an experienced Iaidoka is able to strike down a foe in a single strike. This is followed by cleaning the blade and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. Due to the fact that Iaido is practiced with a weapon it is almost entirely practiced in forms, also known as "kata".

Demo & workshop: Saturday 19:00, Sunday 13:00

Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo is the art of the "Jo".

More commonly known as the wooden stick. Its techniques have been derived from the stick-fighting art of Muso Gonnosuke, who is said to be the only man to have defeated the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi in a duel. The "Jo" is especially effective against a swordsman due to the ability of switching from offence to defense in high frequency.

Demo: Saturday 11:00, 14:30, 19:00, Sunday 13:00

Kendo, meaning "way of the sword",

is a modern martial arts focused on sword fighting. In Japan over 5 million people practice Kendo. Kendo is practiced with a bamboo sword called a "Shinai". During duels, points can be earned by hitting specific areas on the body. Besides striking the specified target, the kendoka must simultaneously make a stomp with his front foot and execute a spirited and convincing "Kiai" (shout).

Demo & workshop: Saturday 14:30

Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū

is roughly translated as "The martial tradition of the way of the gods". It is the oldest authentic practiced sword fighting school of Japan, dating back to 1447. Katori Shinto-ryu focuses on striking points on opponents wearing armour. Like Iaido, the art is only practiced in kata. Next to the sword, practitioners are also taught various other weapons including; the long staff, the polearm, the short sword, the spear or a combination of the short and long sword.

Demo & workshop: Saturday 11:00

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