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  • Louis Vitalis & Jolanda Dekker

    A lifelong of Budo in text and pictures

    De memoires van Louis Vitalis en Jolanda Dekker zijn geplaatst op de NKR website.
    Veel leesplezier!

    Louis Vitalis & Jolanda Dekker

  • NK Kendo resultaat

    De resultaten na een lange en vooral koude dag (foto’s volgen):


    Onder 14

    1 – Bo-D Coffa (Mokuseikan)
    2 – Ryan Ruiter (Mokuseikan)
    3 – Keita Sayama (Renshinjuku)
    3 – Menne van Leeuwen (Mokuseikan)
    FS: Evi van de Gulik (Mokuseikan)


    Onder 18

    1 – Kylian Huerta (Museido)
    2 – Yujie Zhan (Ren Bu Kan)
    3 – Noia Pasma (WaShinKan)
    3 – Gijs van der Meulen (WaShinKan)
    FS: Kylian Huerta (Museido)

     

    Dames

    1 – Fleur Smout (Museido)
    2 – Pakwan Ratchatasavee (Fumetsu)
    3 – Suraya Tjon-Kon-Fat (Kendo Kai Den Haag)
    3 – Mariëlla van der Schans (Shinbukan)
    FS: Lai Mei Tang (Fumetsu)

     

    Mixed

    1 – Ivo van Roij (WaShinKan)
    2 – Joeri van der Burgh (Fumetsu)
    3 – Sjoerd Kater (Kendo Kai Den Haag)
    3 – Makoto van der Woude (Renshinjuku)
    FS: Mariëlla van der Schans (Shinbukan)

  • Programma NK Kendo individueel

    Morgen is het NK kendo in Amersfoort

    Programma
    10:30 shinai check
    11:00 Openingsceremonie
    11:10 Dames individueel
    12:20 Onder 14 individueel
    12:50 Onder 18 individueel
    13:00 Prijsuitreiking O14 en O18 + Lunch
    13:45 Algemeen individueel
    17:15 Eindceremonie

    Check vandaag jouw shinai en knip jouw teennagels ❤️

    Er zijn veel wedstrijden dus zorg er morgen aub voor dat je klaar staat voordat jouw wedstrijd begint.

    Succes iedereen!

    Dames

    Onder 14

    Onder 18

    • Gijs van der Meulen – WaShinKan
    • Kylian Huerta – Museido
    • Noia Pasma – WaShinKan
    • Yujie Zhan – Ren Bu Kan

    Algemeen

  • Nederland Europees kampioen in teamwedstrijden Iaido 2019

    Een geweldige prestatie van het Nederlandse Iaido-team 1e van Europa in 2019.
    Alle teamleden en verzorging en ook zeker de coach van harte gelukgewenst met
    dit resultaat. (webmaster)

  • Eerste succes Nederlands iaido team

    Het Nederlandse Iaido team heeft op de 1e dag in de individuele wedstrijden reeds successen geboekt.

    Noel Fonhof (met beker) werd 1e in de shodan klasse, Stan Engelen behaalde 3 plaats in de yondan klasse en ontving ook de Fighting Spirit in de deze klasse, ook Piotr Kukla ontving de Fighting Spirit in de Godan klasse.
    Morgen 3 november de 2e dag d team wedstrijden.
    Deze zijn ook via streaming live te volgen zie 26eic2019.gr

     

     

  • Kendo examens tot en met 4e dan

    17 november worden kendo examens gehouden tot en met 4e dan.

    Vergeet je niet te registreren via deze link

  • Team-, en poule-indeling FuMetsu Cup

    Pouleindeling en KO-boom

     

    Teamindelingen

  • Registratie FuMetsu Cup 2019

    Registratie voor de FuMetsu Cup sluit vanmiddag om 13:00; vergeet je niet te registeren.

    Registratiepagina

  • Dutch European Jodo Championship Teambuildingweekend

    DUTCH JODO TEAMBUILDINGWEEKEND IN HELVOIRT AND DEN BOSCH THE NETHERLANDS IN PREPARATION
    OF THE 18th EUROPEAN JODO
    CHAMPIONSHIPS

    On 21-22 September 2019 the 18th European Jodo Championships will be held in Zawierci Poland. #ejc2019pl organisation by Polish Kendo Renmei and European Kendo Federation.

    The Dutch Jodo Team started to train under René van Amersfoort and Elise Heijboer (Teammanager) in a new structure five years ago. Time flies when you have a good jodo Keiko with each other. Every year we have maximum off 24 Teamtraining possibilities and extra Keiko (Ishido Cup; 40 Years Ishido Sensei in Europe, Central Training Dutch Kendo Renmei etc). Among these training also a number of full day Keiko in our Hambakendreef Dojo in Den Bosch.Lees verder

  • Jodo team en EK

    Zondag 15 september de laatste training voor het EK gemaakt, de teamleden en de begeleiders zijn er klaar voor. Ook de Jodoka niet gekozen voor het team bedankt voor de ondersteuning op de teamtrainingen waar jullie regelmatig aanwezig waren.
    Aanstaande zondagavond zullen we het weten wat deze inspanning van een ieder oplevert .

  • Message from Ishido Sensei

    Andy Watson sensei received tke following thank you message from Ishido Sensei, addressed to all organizers and participants of the 40th anniversary event. He has done his best to tranlate it (imperfectly)
    (Click below)
    TaikaiMessageIshidoSensei

  • Group photo kendo summer seminar
  • Questionnaire Summer Seminar
  • Thanks!感謝!

    Finally, I would like to thank a few people.

    First of all thanks to my wife Jo. We have been doing Budo together from the time she started in 1979 till the time she was hit by the unfortunate event in 2010, which forced her to stop training.

    All the Sensei who were kind enough to write a preface to this document: Koos van Hattum Sensei, Hein Odinot Sensei, Edo Kokichi Sensei, Iijima Akira Sensei, Ishido Shizufumi Sensei.

    With all these Sensei I have a long standing and very warm relation, thank you all for your continued support!

    Of course I want to thank my Deshi, and all the other students that I still teach on a regular basis. Without them I would not have been motivated to continue the endless study of Japanese Budo.

    A special thanks goes to Hein Odinot Sensei, who has played a vital role in keeping the NKR as a stable and financially healthy organization, where Kendo, Iaido and Jodo could develop wonderfully.

    And last but not least a big thanks for Jock Hopson, my great Senpai in Europe. We have been Budo friends since the 1970’s and he connected me to Ishido Sensei and Hiroi Sensei, for which I owe him forever the deepest gratitude.

     

    Amsterdam, August 2019

    Louis Vitalis & Jolanda Dekker

  • Lessons in Life from Budo

    I would like to conclude with a few lessons in life that Budo taught me.

     

    Katei Enman 家庭円満: a stable home front

    The first lesson Edo Sensei taught me in 1979: if you want to continue a lifelong career in Budo, you need a stable and peaceful home front. Fortunately my wife and lifelong partner, Jolanda, was a fabulous Kendoka herself, so I had never any issue explaining why I needed to spend another weekend in the Dojo, teaching or refereeing. I have met many fine Budoka who did not have enough understanding in the family, which made them either quit completely, or drastically scale down their ambitions in Budo.

     

    Heijoshin Kore Michi Nari 平常心これ道なり: a stable mind set

    Although I have never been a great Champion in any of the Budo that I practiced, mostly because I never mastered the principle of Heijoshin in a proper way, I find this idea something that you can apply in both Budo and daily life.

    In my Budo career it has helped me to achieve three 7th Dan grades, which I all took in Japan and which I all passed on the first attempt. It has also been a great help during the many finals of the World Kendo Championships that I had to referee. The pressure on these occasions is really beyond imagination, and only a few referees can really keep cool when Japanese and Korean teams are fighting each other.

     

    Seme 攻め: how to read your opponent

    The principle of Seme is very hard to translate with one word or to explain in short. Often it is mistakenly translated as “attack”, but it is much more complex than just that.

    Especially in Kendo and Jodo it is a vital part of obtaining the higher grades from 5th Dan and up.

    Instead of just jumping forward and hitting the target, it requires that you spend a split second of time in observing your opponent and then act accordingly. Basically what you are doing is communicating with your opponent without words, and observe him or her before you attack yourself or counter an attack. As a result of your Seme, you will discover the weak point with your opponent, and you will be successful.

    Of course this whole process takes only a split second of time, and in order to make this work there is only one solution: many hours of practice in the Dojo! There is no shortcut, unfortunately.

     

     

     

    In my professional career in Global Logistics at Nippon Express this has helped me the most. In the case of Kendo and Jodo you are actually attacking and defending with a real opponent. In my work I used to negotiate a lot, both internally and with customers. During negotiating with other people, basically you can apply principle of Seme. Finding out where the weak point is in the opponent’s reasoning, without showing  your own intentions, will give you the best result. Because I was able to apply this knowledge in real life, I was very successful in my job, and in the final years I was even promoted to Director Global Sales Europe of this giant multinational logistics firm.

     

    Shuchu 集中: focus and concentration

    In Kendo/Iaido/Jodo it is very important to be able to focus and concentrate. First of all you need it to be able to train the difficult techniques. Second, you need focus when you are facing your opponent. If you miss focus for a split second, you’ll get hit in Kendo, or you’ll miss a hit in Jodo.

    If you develop this, of course you can use it in daily life as well.

     

    Kento 健闘: fighting spirit

    In Kendo/Iaido/Jodo we are fighting a real or imaginary opponent. If you want to be successful in a match or on a grading, you need to have a very high level of fighting spirit.

    If you have a good balance of fighting spirit and Heijoshin, you can become very successful in Budo.

    But this aspect of Budo can be applied in daily life as well. The best sample that I know of is Jolanda, who used her enormous fighting spirit after her stroke, during the two-year revalidation period.

     

    Zanshin 残心: Awareness and Respect

    The main difference between Kendo and other sports is the clearly defined concept of Zanshin.

    There are the following elements in Zanshin:

    1. Migamae 身構 (physical posture). After hitting you need to move your body in such a way that you can prevent the opponent to make an easy counter-hit, and at the same time make it possible for you to observe the movements of the opponent.
    2. Kigamae 気構 (focus, concentration). After hitting you need to keep your focus and attention towards the opponent. If you stop looking at your opponent (and focus on referees for example), you will be hit easily.
    3. Sonkei 尊敬(respect). This is an important part of Zanshin. In Kendo we don’t shout “I won” or even make a victory gesture. We always have to realize that we are only able to practice our beloved Kendo because we have other people who are willing and able to practice with us. Without them there would not be any Kendo at all! It is also part of the Confucianist idea of Humility that still survives from old times. Bragging about our victories is not very welcomed in our Kendo Culture.

     

     

    Shugyo 修業: devotion to training through study

    In the dictionary, Shugyo means study or learning. But in Budo it has also a deeper meaning. As Edo Sensei described in his book, when I studied in Japan for a year, it was called “Musha Shugyo” 武者修行. It refers to Samurai (Musha) who traveled around to learn (Shugyo) from teachers from various schools. It also means that you have to devote yourself completely in order to learn as much as possible during a young age. At the same time it also means that the learning process never ends. In Budo you learn the most when you are young, especially learning with the body is important. But this is of course true for all things in life, be it work or sports. At a later age, you can still continue the process of learning Budo. It will be less physical, and will focus more on mental stability, concentration, reading your opponent and of course how to maintain a healthy body! Finally, when you start to prepare for the final Dan exam, the Hachidan Grading, you will find out that there is a whole new world in the Budo that you thought you already knew very well. I learned this during a Hachidan preparation seminar at the Shunpukan Dojo in Tokyo under Iwatate Sensei. Small details that I could ignore before, are now vital in passing this exam. Even though I have no realistic hope that I will ever pass Kendo Hachidan, I still study for it, as if it would be possible. This study gives enough motivation to keep training Budo, even when I’m approaching the age of 60 now.

     

    Shogai Budo 生涯武道: Lifelong Budo

    One of the nice features of Budo is that you can practice it as long as your arms and legs are basically working. I started Kendo and Iaido 42 years ago, and Jodo 37 years ago, but I am still not finished learning. Although young Kendoka and Jodoka are much faster than me in their movements, I can still practice with them, and not even get hit so many times. Because my insight and experience is much better than the younger people, I can still keep up with them. Of course I could not get very far in a Kendo tournament, but in our regular training in the Dojo I can still train together with people who are 30 years younger than me.

    Basically I recognize three levels of practice.

    Fundamental Phase.

    The first few years of Kendo/Iaido/Jodo training you need to establish the fundament of the rest of your Budo career. Depending on your age and talent, this phase could last between five years and ten years.

    The Sports Phase.

    If you are interested in competition, Kendo/Iaido/Jodo can be applied as a Budo Sport as well. There is enough possibility to participate in various tournaments, and depending on your age and talent, you can train on very high level and try to join international tournaments as well.

    The Cultural Phase.

    If you are not interested in competition but still want to pursue a study of Budo, Kendo/Iaido/Jodo also has a lot to offer. Just training the arts and try to achieve higher Dan grades is a very nice way to pursue a hobby.

     

     

    Also, when you have reached an age at which competition is not suitable anymore, you can simply switch to the Cultural Phase and start to learn about the cultural aspects of our Budo. Since a few years I have pursued this path, and the first thing I learned was that there is no end to learning Budo. Maybe I’ll never win a big tournament again, Maybe I never achieve 8th Dan ever, but the fact that there are always teachers in Japan who can teach me new things, I will always be motivated to keep training and teaching Budo.

     

    Keisho 継承 Inheritance

     

    Now that Edo Sensei (80) and Ishido Sensei (75) are getting older, their thoughts are not so much focused on how they can practice Budo, but on how they can make sure that their legacy is handed over to the next generation correctly.

    In April 2019, I spend many hours in Japan with both Sensei talking about this. Since both Sensei appointed me as their Deshi in The Netherlands, I’m responsible for making sure that their teaching is handed over in the best way.

    For Edo Sensei it is important that we keep the tradition of his style of Kendo alive, even though no one of us can copy his kind of Kendo of course. Modern Kendo has lost many of the old techniques, such as, but not limited to:

    • Hanmen (one handed Men strike hit from the side)
    • Nito Ryu
    • Katate Jodan Migi & Hidari (left and right Jodan with only one hand on the Tsuka)
    • Combinations such as Hanmen followed by Gyaku Do
    • Men Kaeshi Do with Taiasabaki to the left instead of to the right

    I will make sure that my Deshi will learn these techniques, as long as I can still demonstrate them.

    Jacket with [KEISHO] presented by Edo Sensei to his main Deshi, such as Iijima and me

     

     

    For Ishido Sensei it is important that the organization of his affiliated Dojo in Europe is working properly. Besides appointing his direct students in Europe (Jikimon), we have decided to set up the organization in a transparent way, and make sure that all the Dojo and individuals (more than 800 by now!) know the rules of engagement in practicing Iaido and Jodo in the Ishido family in Europe. For this we have created the “Shinbukan Ishido Dojo European Network” and a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) which will be signed and acknowledged by all Jikimon and the respective Dojo Leaders.

  • My career as a Kendo Shinpan

    As a player, I joined 3 WKC: 1979 (fighting spirit award), 1985 and 1988. I also played at the EKC, and won fighting spirit awards in 1983 and 1984.

    I learned how to referee Kendo Shiai in 1981, during my one year stay at Kanazawa University. Because we did a lot of Shiai training, and because I could not be a real player in the student’s tournaments (I was already older than the 4th year students), I got a lot of experience in judging Japanese Student Shiai.

     

    In 1990 I joined the EKC as referee for the first time. I have been refereeing on the EKC, except for the years when we lived in Japan for most of the times.

    In 1991 I was selected as referee for the WKC in Toronto. I was only 5th Dan at the time, but because of my experience as student Kendo referee in Kanazawa, the ZNKR selected me. I was judging up to the quarter finals, and on this WKC I passed my 6th Dan Kendo.

    In 2000 on the WKC in the USA I was refereeing the finals.

     

    One of my most memorable moments as a referee was the finals of the WKC in Glasgow in 2003.

     

    Japan and Korea were in the team finals, and Mike Davis, Rainer Jatkowski and I were the referees.

    The teams ended equal, so a Daihyo Sen (deciding match) was needed. For Japan Naoki Eiga was selected, and for Korea Kim. Kim was a famous Kendo player in Korea, never beaten in Shiai in his own country. He was one of the few Koreans who could compete with the top Japanese players.

    The first five minutes of the Shiai saw only very few hits, both players were very cautious. In the Encho, both players did not do many strikes, they were just looking for an opportunity. Eiga attempted Tsuki for a few times, but none of them got close to the target.

    Then after ten minutes, Eiga did a Katate Tsuki (one handed Tsuki), which I saw from the side. Because the Men of Kim moved, I knew it had to have hit the Tsuki flap. If it would have been on the body or on the Do, the Men would not have moved. I immediately raised my red flag, and Mike and Rainer followed me immediately after.

    Kobayashi Sensei was the coach of the Japanese team in Glasgow. I had known Kobayashi Sensei already for many years, and Jolanda and me even stayed in his small house in Kawasaki for a week when we were training in Japan in the 1980’s.

    Many years later, when we were living in Germany, I met Kobayashi Sensei in Berlin during the winter seminar. He came to me and said: “Louis, I owe you so much. Because you were the first to raise the flag for Eiga’s Tsuki, the other two referees followed you and we won the final match against Korea. Thanks to you my career as a coach of the Japan team did not end in a disaster!”.

    Tagawa Sensei (now president of USA Kendo Federation), and I did many WKC final together. In recent years the Kendo Team finals have gotten rougher and rougher, and very difficult to judge. I have always been neutral as a referee, but in many cases the Korean Kendoka thought I was too strict. From my point of view, because I have grown as a Kendoka in Japan, of course my reference in Kendo is Japanese Kendo. In my mind, many of the Korean techniques are not fulfilling the 5 items to make an Ippon (please see the Kendo Rules and Regulations), so I denied many of their attempts. From Korean point of view probably they don’t like my refereeing, but the ZNKR kept selecting me to do the finals, so for me personally I’m convinced that my refereeing skills are one of the best in the world. So far there has not been any referee who has judged so many WKC Team and Individual finals as me, but I hope some other young referee from Europe zone will attempt to beat my record of WKC final matches.

  • Jolanda’s Career as a Kendoka

    After Jolanda’s stay in Kanazawa in 1981/1982, she developed a great skill as a Kendoka and became very successful in Kendo Shiai.

    Here is a list of some of Jolanda’s main awards as a Kendoka, but she also won fighting spirit awards at the WKC, and even joined the best 8 on the WKC, only to be beaten by a Japanese Kendoka. She also won many smaller Kendo tournaments in The Netherlands and Belgium.

     

    In the early 1980’s the Mumeishi tournament in London was the biggest Kendo event in Europe, much bigger than the EKC at the time. The first time Jolanda joined it she became 2nd, and then she won it three times in a row.

    Mumeishi 1983 2nd place

     

    Mumeishi 1984 1st place

     

    Mumeishi 1985 1st place

     

    Mumeishi 1986 1st place

     

    Jolanda also entered in the Nederlandse Kendo Kampioenschappen, which were a mixed tournament in the old days, so she was fighting with the men and women.

    NKK individual 1983 3rd place

     

    NKK individual 1984 Fighting Spirit

     

    NKK 1986 team 1st place

     

    NKK 1987 team 3rd place

     

    NKK team 1988 3rd place

     

    Another major Kendo Taikai in Europe is the Tournoi de Paris. Here Jolanda won as well.

    Tournoi de Paris 1989 1st place

    Also at the famous Nakakura Cup she was successful, but we don’t know exactly in which years.

    Nakakura Cup 2nd place

     

    Nakakura Cup 3rd place

     

    In 1985 there was no official ladies division for the WKC, there was a women goodwill tournament.

    Only an American Japanese Kendoka was strong enough to beat Jolanda!

    The first editions of the Iijima Cup were mixed, so she had to fight the men as well. Still she won the Taikai 2 times, once in 1993 and once in 1996.

    Iijima Cup 1993, 1st place

     

    Iijima Cup 1996, 1st place

     

    1989 was the first time an official lady’s division was held on the EKC, in Amsterdam.

    EKC individual 1989 1st place

     

    EKC individual 1990 fighting spirit

     

    EKC individual 1993 fighting spirit

     

    EKC individual  1996 2nd place

     

     

    In 1997, Jo was already 39 years old, she still was active in Kendo Shiai, and was able to compete with much younger opponents.

    1997 WKC Kyoto, Fighting Spirit

     

    Overview of other medals Jo won, such Dutch Championships, Coupe des Coupes, etc

     

     

    In July 2000 Jolanda participated in the Kawasaki city amateur Kendo championships, Ladies Division.

    Here she won 3rd place. Please keep in mind that Kendo in Kanagawa prefecture and Kawasaki is extremely high level, even in Japan, so this is no small feat!

     

     

  • The New Jikimon System under Ishido Sensei

    In April 2019 I visited Ishido Sensei in Kawasaki and asked him about re-organizing the Monjin system under Ishido Sensei. By this time, Chris Mansfield and Len Bean had left the Ishido group so it was time to revise the Dojo organization under Ishido Sensei.

    He decided to use the classical term “Jikimon” (直門), which he found in the old Muso Shinden Jushin Ryu writings that were given from each teacher to their most trusted students.

    The following persons were appointed as Jikimon in Europe:

    Jock Hopson (Iaido Kyoshi 7 Dan, Jodo Kyoshi 7 Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan)

    Vic Cook (Iaido Kyoshi 7 Dan, Jodo 5 Dan, Kendo 4 Dan)

    Lee Loi  (Iaido Renshi 7 Dan, Jodo Renshi 7 Dan)

    Louis Vitalis (Iaido Kyoshi 7 Dan, Jodo Kyoshi 7 Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan)

    Takao Momiyama (Iaido Kyoshi 7 Dan, Jodo Renshi 7 Dan, Kendo 5 Dan)

    Andy Watson (Iaido Renshi 7 Dan, Jodo Renshi 7 Dan)

    Dominique Losson (Iaido Renshi 6 Dan, Jodo 5 Dan)

  • Ishido Sensei’s History in Europe

    In April 2019 Ishido Sensei gave me his personal notes on his teaching history in Europe. I will not translate the whole document, but here are only a few highlights. He doesn’t name any names of Europeans, just events. He describes his first meeting with me in 1983.

    This was used for Sensei’s Hanshi Diploma application.

     

    1979
    First time visit to UK. Research of actual situation of Budo and the BKA in the UK and finding out what people think about Budo.

    1983
    Third Seminar. For the first time met the Technical Director of the Oranda Kendo Renmei (NKR) and three others from The Netherlands. (This is Sensei’s reference to me, since he doesn’t name any person’s names in this document).

    1984
    First time Seminar in The Netherlands, followed by the 4th Seminar in the UK.

    1994
    After the 8th Seminar in The Netherlands, first official EKF / NKR Iaido European Taikai is organized. From now on it will be organized by different countries every year. My Dream came true.

    2000
    12th Seminar in The Netherlands. Based on a request by the NKR, the Jodo Championships will be held together with the Iaido Championships.

    2000
    November. The Netherlands, Papendal. 11th European Iaido Taikai, combined with 1st European Jodo Taikai. (Ishido Sensei is part of the official ZNKR delegation).

    It also mentions the seven times that Sensei was part of the official ZNKR delegation.

     

  • Muso Gonnosuke Jinja (Shrine)

    In April 2019 I stayed in Japan for a whole month, mostly in Ishioka, but I also visited Edo Sensei and Ishido Sensei.

    Finally, I had time to make a long-time wish come true: pay a visit to the place where according to tradition of the Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, it all began: the hills outside Fukuoka City, close to the present Kamado Jinja.

     

    Text on the big stone: Shindo Muso Ryu. Jodo Hassho no Chi (the original location of Jodo)

     

  • 2007- present

    Kendo Developments

     

    After seven years abroad, we came back in Amsterdam and started our Kendo practice again at Museido Amsterdam.

    I am truly grateful to my Deshi of Museido Amsterdam, Rene, Guido and Mark. They were teaching all the time that we were abroad, and when Jolanda and I came back, there were many new members.

    Now it was time for me to start building up my second generation Deshi: Marije, Fleur and Donatella, who joined us from Italy. Ton Loyer who joined Museido Amstedam in 2003 and Kris Lazarevic who joined Museido in 2004 became my final Deshi for Kendo in Amsterdam.

    Louis’ Chudan No Kamae 2008

     

    I also continued to organize our Kendo Summer Seminars with Iijima Sensei, and gradually these Seminars were growing to quite big events.

    Miyamoto Sensei, Takasaki Sensei, Nishino Sensei, Nishino Sensei were senior members of the Ibaraki Prefecture Kendo Federation, and they attended several of our Seminars.

    Because of Iijima Sensei’s strong connection with Tsukuba University, we also started to invite Nabeyama Sensei and other teachers from Tsukuba University.

     

     

     

     

    In March 2010 I was teaching Jodo in Bari, South Italy, when Jolanda’s elder sister Marjan called me. Jolanda had been taken to hospital because she had suffered a stroke in the left side of the brain. Her speech and left arm were affected, and she was taken into the neurology division of the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam. I still had to stay in Bari for one night, because my flight was the next day. I think this was the worst night I had ever experienced in my life. Of course I could not sleep, but being away from Jolanda at this time was extremely frustrating.

    A week later, Jolanda was able to spend a weekend at home, complete disaster struck.

    She was sitting on the sofa after a short walk around the house, when a second, massive stroke hit her. I called 112 immediately and the ambulance arrived within 10 minutes. Already she was losing consciousness, and by the time she was taken to hospital she was already in a state of coma.

    She had suffered a major stroke and the first days the doctors were not sure if she would live or not, but they already informed us that, even if she would survive, she would be heavily disabled, and not able to live a normal life anymore.

    After a few days she awoke from the coma, but she would not recognize me or other family members.

    However, under these extreme circumstances, the true fighter in Jolanda emerged. She came out of the coma, and started a very difficult revalidation process, which I experienced every day from close by.

    After two years of revalidation, she was able to speak Dutch at a simple level, and she could walk short distances with a stick.

    I am convinced that, without Jolanda’s many years long Kendo training, and her strong fighting spirit and willpower,  she would not have been able to recover in the way that she did.

     

     

    During the Iijima Cup 2012, Jolanda was awarded the NKR honorary membership.

    Because of her long career as Kendo player, and the great work she did for the NKR as team manager, the board of the NKR decided to give her this special award.

     

    In 2012 she was strong enough to join me on my trip to Japan and we stayed in Iijima Sensei’s house for 10 days. Edo Sensei and his wife came over all the way from Kanazawa to Tokyo, and we spend an evening together. When Edo Sensei came out of the train station, we were already waiting for him. When he came out, Jolanda stood up from her wheelchair to greet him. When Edo Sensei saw this, his eyes filled with tears, and soon we all were crying.

    I thought this showed how Jolanda had a special place in Edo Sensei’s heart, as one of his Kendo daughters, and we were really very happy that he took the trouble to make the long journey only to meet with us for a short time.

    In the evening Edo Sensei had arranged a dinner meeting with the famous Miyazaki Sensei. Of course Miyazaki Sensei knew me well, because I refereed him at the WKC various times. We had a very nice talk about Kendo, refereeing, world championships etc.

     

    November 2012, Jolanda’s first visit to Japan after her stroke, at Iijima Sensei’s house..

     

     

    From November 2012, at the age of 53, I started to challenge 8th Dan for Kendo. I went to Iijima Sensei in November for a week, and also attended an 8th Dan preparation seminar at Iwatate Sensei’s Shofukan Dojo in Tokyo. Iwatate Sensei personally invited me to join this seminar, because in his opinion I was the only European who had a “Japanese Style of Kendo”, which would improve my chances on this exam. Because I was still working full time, I could only spend one week in Japan preparing for the exam, which is of course far from ideal. I tried the exam for 3 times, and failed miserably on most of them. Only one time a had a real good fight, where we only hit three times in the two-minute exam. The first was Ai Men, which we both missed. Then I invited his Men, and hit a perfect Kaeshi Do. Then we hit Ai Men again, and he was able to hit a split second earlier than me. He passed this round but did not make it in the second round. However, for me it was very encouraging: it meant that I was not miles away from the level that was required on this exam. But since the pass rate has dropped under 1 per cent (it is now at 0,5%), it will be almost impossible for me to ever pass this exam.

     

     

     

     

    After 2014, I started to develop serious health problems. First my neck hernia stopped me from any training for more than a year. When my neck problem was under control, fortunately without surgery, I developed a severe inflammation in the right shoulder, which also kept me from training. In total I did not train much at all in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Only since I stopped working in May 2018, I started to work on revalidating and getting back to the Dojo again for twice a week Kendo training.

     

     

    Iijima Sensei and I decided that from 2014 the Summer Seminar should be held under the responsibility of Nabeyama Sensei. In 2014 he brought two other young 7th Dan with him, Iwamoto Sensei and Kawakami Sensei, accompanied by some top-level students from Tsukuba University Kendo Club. From this year on, the number of participants increased till over 100, from more than 10 different countries. In 2017 there were more than 170 participants, and Nabeyama Sensei told us that he wanted this Seminar to become the most successful Kendo seminar in Europe.

     

    In 2014 we also decided to do a new setup for the Iijima Cup Taikai

    Thanks to the help of Werner Karnadi, Guido Minnaert and Marije Wouters, we have changed the Iijima Cup into a major Kendo Tournament in Europe. Top players from France, Poland, Belgium and other countries are now participating, and the tournament is now so big that we have more than 150 players. Because of the large number of Shiai, the tournament is now held over two days.

    Of course Iijima Sensei is always visiting the tournament and he is still making some of the prizes by hand.  

     

     

    The 30th edition was a very successful Taikai, and we had gold medals of Makoto van der Woude (Men Individual) and the Dutch Team.

     

     

    In 2014 the three Sensei who made the biggest impact on the development of the NKR, Edo Sensei, Ishido Sensei and Iijima Sensei were given a Commendation Award. For me personally this was extra pleasant, because these three are my personal “Onshi” (teacher to who you own the highest of debt), and in the case of Ishido Sensei and Iijima Sensei I was also the one who introduced them to The Netherlands.

     

    Ishido Sensei’s award was handed over in presence of the Japanese Ambassador during the Iaido Jodo Summer Seminar in Eindhoven.

    Iijima Sensei got the award in the Museido Amsterdam Dojo, during the Kendo Summer Seminar.

    Because Edo Sensei cannot travel long distance flights anymore because of his back injury, I went to Kanazawa in November 2014 to hand over the Award to him in person.

    In front of Edo Sensei´s house

    I had not been to Edo Sensei’s house in many, many years and this time I stayed with him for two days. It was just like old times: for two evenings we spend our time eating his wife’s lovely food and the sashimi we bought at the Kanazawa fish market. We talked about the old times of course, but mostly we talked about the development of Kendo in Japan and the world.

    When I handed over the NKR award, he was very honored to receive it. Just a few months earlier, he had refused a similar award from the ZNKR, for his many years contribution to the development of Kendo in Japan. His comment was: “ Why should I accept an award from that amateur organization? This award from the NKR is worth ten time more to me, and I appreciate it very much. I’m really proud of this award.”

     

     

    In 2016 the NKR celebrated the 50th year anniversary of the founding of our federation.

    With help of many of my students and other NKR members, we were able to organize a very successful event.

    All the Kendo, Iaido, Jodo teacher who played a major role in the development of the NKR were present, except Edo Sensei, who could not travel because of his back injury.

    It was one of those rare seminars where all three disciplines came together

    Ishido  Shizufumi  Sensei

    iaido Hanshi 8th dan, jodo kyoshi 8th dan

    Yoshimura Keiichi Sensei

    iaido kyoshi 8th dan, jodo kyoshi 7th dan

    Otake Toshiyuki Sensei

    jodo kyoshi 8th dan, iaido kyoshi 7th dan

    Shoji Keiichi Sensei

    jodo kyoshi 8th dan, iaido kyoshi 7th dan

    Matsuoka Yoshitaka Sensei

    iaido kyoshi 8th dan

     

     

    Kinomoto Miyuki Sensei

    iaido kyoshi 8th dan

    Nabeyama Takahiro Sensei

    kendo kyoshi 8th dan

    Iijima Akira Sensei

    kendo kyoshi 7th dan

    Iwamoto Takamitsu Sensei

    Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan

    Kawakami Arimitsu Sensei

    kendo kyoshi 7th dan

     

    The Next Generation in Dutch Kendo

    Since many years, my Deshi Mark has been coach of the Dutch Kendo Team, recently followed up by my Deshi Guido.

    On the WKC of 2015 in Japan, my Deshi Fleur Smout won the fighting spirit award, and achieved a place with the best 8 female individuals of the word! The Ladies Team was with the best 8.

    Fleur and Sayo both with  best 8 and a fighting spirit award!

     

    In 2017, our ladies team finished third on the European Kendo Championships.

    Dutch Delegation at the EKC 2017

     

    At the 2019 edition of the Tengu Cup Frankfurt, at which I am always acting as Shinpancho (Head of Referees), Jo and were awarded a special present, for our contribution to the 30 year anniversary of Katana Frankfurt Dojo.

    30th Anniversary Katana Frankfurt, with signatures of all the members

     

     

    In 2019, the Dutch Kendo ladies had their most successful EKC ever.

    The ladies won the Team final of France with 3-1, after beating strong countries such as Poland, Germany and Italy.

    My Deshi Fleur Smout, who has already won so many tournaments, got third place in the Ladies Individual as well.

    Olga and Fleur of Museido Dojo played an important role in the Dutch success, which we celebrated in our Dojo.

     

    With Mark and Guido and Donatella now all 7th Dan, I’m pleased to see that I have built a strong foundation for the next generation of Kenshi in The Netherlands. 

     

     

    Main achievements of my Kendo Deshi

     

    Mark Herbold 7th Dan Kyoshi Kendo

     

    1st place Iijima Cup 1992, 1995, 1998

    2nd place Iijima Cup 1996, 1999. 2000

    3rd place Iijima Cup 1993

    1st place European Championships 1998 + FOG Topsport price

    2nd place European Championships 1999

    Fighting Spirit EKC 1992

    3rd Place EKC team 1993                                          

    1st place Nakakura Cup 1998, 1999

    3rd place EKC Teams 1999

    1st place NKK Team 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001

    2nd place NKK Team 2002

    3rd place NKK Team 1995, 2000

    1st place Edo Cup 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998

    2nd place Edo Cup 1999

    1st place NKK Kendo 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001

    3rd place NKK Kendo 1993, 1996

    1st place Fumetsu Cup 1997

    2nd place Mumeishi 1995

    3rd place Tournoi de Paris 1993

    In the 90’s Mark was one of the strongest Kenshi in Europe and very successful on many National and International Kendo Tournaments.

     

     

    Here’s Mark with a replica of one of the Iijima Cups

     

     

    Guido Minnaert 7th Dan Renshi Kendo

     

    NKK Individual

    1st Place 2000, 2005, 2006

    (+ various 2nd and 3rd places)

    NKK Team

    1st Place 1997, 1989, 1990, 2008, 2009

    (+ various 2nd and 3rd places)

    NKK Students

    1st Place 2005

     

    Iijima Cup Individual

    1st Place Iijima Cup 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007

    (+ various 2nd and 3rd places)

    Iijima Cup Team

    1st Place 2006, 2007, 2010

    3rd Place 2009, 2015

     

    Edo Cup

    1st Place 1989,1995, 2005, 2009

    (+ various 2nd and 3rd places)

     

    Fumetsu Cup

    1st Place 2000

     

    EKC Men Team

    3rd Place 1993, 1999, 2010

    Paris Open Taikai Men Team

    3rd Place 2009

     

     

    Japan East West Student Championships

    Fighting Spirit 2001

     

    Kasahara Cup Team

    3rd 2006

    Alessandria Cup Individual

    3rd 2010

     

    Only few people in Europe have as many awards as Guido: more than 70!

     

     

    Marije Wouters 5th Dan Kendo

    1st NKK Ladies Individual 2014

    (+ various 2nd and 3rd places)

    1st place NKK teams 2009

    (+ various 2nd and 3rd places)

    3rd place EKC Ladies Team 2011 + 2013

    2nd place EKC Ladies Team 2014

    Fighting Spirit Prize EKC Ladies Team 2008

    Fighting Spirit Prize Nakakura Cup 2004 + 2014

    3rd Place Ladies Individual London Cup 2012

    3rd Place Ladies Individual Open de Paris 2009

    3rd Place Teams Coppa Italia 2009

    1st & 2nd Place Teams Iijima Cup 2014

    3rd Place Ladies Individual Iijima Cup 2014

    Fighting Spirit (Edo Do) Edo Cup 2006

    1st  & 2nd Place Team Edo Cup 2009

    Look at all these prizes won by Marije!

     

     

     

    Fleur Smout 5th Dan Kendo

    1st Place NKK Ladies 2008 + 2009 + 2011 + 2015 + 2018

     (+ various 2nd and 3rd places at NKK)

    1st Place EKC Ladies team 2019

    3rd Place EKC Ladies team 2011 + 2017

    2nd Place EKC Ladies team 2014

    3rd Place EKC Ladies individual 2019

    Best 8 WKC Ladies Individual 2015 and Fighting Spirit Prize

    Best 8 WKC Ladies Team 2018

    Best 16 WKC Ladies Individual 2018

    3rd Place Coppa D’Italia Team 2009 + 2011

    Fighting Spirit International Triscele Tournament of Kendo Italy 2011

    3rd Place Iijima Cup Ladies Individual 2014 + 2015 + 2016

    Fighting Spirit (Edo Do) Edo Cup 2018

    (+ various 2nd and 3rd places at Edo Cup)

    Fleur played a major role as captain of the Dutch Ladies in the 2019 EKC victory

     

    Look at all these prizes won by Fleur!

     

    Dutch Ladies Team: European Team Champion 2019!

    Fleur also won 3rd Place at the EKC 2019.

     

    Look at Fleur’s technique: top level!

     

     

    Iaido Jodo developments

     

    Since our return to The Netherlands, the development of Iaido and Jodo in Europe has gone very well.

    When we moved to Germany, we started to join the Jodo training at Karl’s seminar in Villingen again. During our stay in Germany we also met with Marie-Louise, Robert & Susi of Munchen, and with Emanuele of Bari. Since 2005 I started to teach these new groups, and in the mean-time many of the first participants are 5th Dan Jodo, and Robert & Susi even passed their 6th Dan in 2018.

    Munich Jodo Seminar 2011. Participants from Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland.

     

    Jock joined the Munich Jodo Seminar in 2017.

     

    Munich Jodo Seminar 2018: 35 participants from Germany, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland.

     

    Participants are now ranging from Mudan up to 7th Dan!

     

     

    Jodo Seminar Bari, 2005.

     

     

    My Deshi and good friend Emanuele in his Garden in Bitritto.

     

    Jodo Seminar Bari, 2018. Jodo friends from UK and Sweden joined as well!

     

    Cosimo and Emanuele, my crazy Jodo students in Italy.

     

     

    My first generation Deshi not only are teaching in their own Dojo, they are also regularly invited to teach abroad. They are also acting as referees on the Iaido and Jodo European Championships. between us (Louis, Rene, Aad, Andre, Edwin, Karl, Bernard), we have played a large role in the development of Iaido and Jodo in: The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland.

    The European Iaido and Jodo Championships are now large events in their own right, but they all started in The Netherlands, with the great support of Ishido Sensei.

    Although I cannot do Iaido anymore myself, I still sometimes act as a panel member on an Iaido grading. Because Ishido Sensei trained me so well in the points to watch for in Iaido, I can still manage to be a judge for Iaido gradings. My ability to see a lot of details has fortunately not faded away.

    One of highlights of my Jodo career was when my Deshi Rene van Amersfoort passed his 8th Dan Jodo in Japan in 2016. I think this is the summum for a Budo teacher: when one of the earliest students surpasses the teacher after so many years, it’s a truly joyful event.

    I will never forget my first phone call to Ishido Sensei, just after Rene’s exam. I called Ishido Sensei on his mobile, and the whole group were in a restaurant in Kyoto, celebrating Rene’s great success.

    He picked up the call and I congratulated him on the event. To my surprise, the first thing he said: “the first thing I told Rene when he passed the exam was to never forget that Louis is his teacher, and will always remain just that!”. Only after he had mentioned this, he congratulated me on the great achievement of one of my longest Deshi. This clearly shows the importance Ishido Sensei puts on the human relations within our Iaido Jodo family.  

     

    I think the main reason why Rene was able to achieve this is his complete devotion to Jodo training. Therefore I presented him the beautiful calligraphy that I got from Nakakura Sensei in 1985 for my Kendo book. The Kanji are Shisei  至誠 literally “go to” and “truth” but it means devotion to training in the case of Budo.

    Shisei Calligraphy by Nakakura Kyoshi 9th Dan

     

     

    Rene During his 8dan Jodo exam. 100% focus!

     

     

    Rene with Namitome Sensei, 8dan Hanshi Jodo and a regular visitor to Europe.

     

     

    In January 2018 we organized the 20th edition of the Ishido Cup. In the mean time this tournament has grown to a full international main event. On the 20th edition Ishido Sensei himself was present. There were 112 participants for Jodo and 203 for Iaido, from 17 countries. Unfortunately after this event Ishido Sensei was involved in a serious car crash when he was driving from airport back home, and he suffered serious injuries. In the mean time he has recovered remarkably, and he is planning to come to the Netherlands again in August 2019, to celebrate the 40th year anniversary of his visits to Europe.

     

    Ishido Cup 2018 Jodo part.

    Ishido Cup 2018 Iaido part.

  • 2000 – 2006: our years abroad

    Kendo Developments

     

    In 1999 Jolanda and I moved to Tokyo. I was appointed manager in a new global sales organization in Nippon Express Co., Ltd. We lived in Japan for 3 years and 9 months.

    Although most of time I was working, I still found some time to do Kendo regularly. Nippon Express has a very high-level Kendo Club, and we tried to train there every weekend as much as we could. We also trained Kendo on Friday evenings in Ishido Sensei’s Dojo a lot. In those days Ishido Sensei was still very active in Kendo and I did a few Keiko with him where we were both competing at our limits. I will never forget that once our Keiko was so fanatic, that Ishido Sensei’s wife came down from the living room upstairs, to see if we were not really killing each other!

    Thanks to my training at the Nippon Express Kendo Club, where I was doing Keiko with people who were 15 years younger than me, I was able to pass my Kendo 7th Dan in Kyoto on my first attempt.

    In preparation of the exam, I went to Iijima Sensei a few times and did man to man Keiko with him. Although it was always easy for Iijima Sensei to hit me, I managed to score a Men Kaeshi Do on him, which was really a boost for my self-confidence.

    I was 39 years old at the time, and my exam was in court number three. This means I was still one of the younger candidates of the grading. The youngest take their 7th Dan at the age of 34, in the first court. The oldest candidates are well in their seventies.

    Now 20 years later, I still remember my 2 exam Keiko very well. First of all, I did Kiai as loud as I could. Because I was used to train with much younger people, the opponents of my own age seemed slow in comparison. The first opponent never got close to a hit on me. I started with two Debana Kote which were hitting so clear, that people on the stands could hear them. I then followed with a Kote-Men, and then it was Yame.

    My second opponent was taller than me, which happened to me only very rarely in Japan. He scored a Men on me, but I was able to keep cool. Just before the end I scored a Tobikomi Men, so we ended in Hikiwake. Both me and him passed the exam. After the grading he came up to me and praised my strong attacking spirit. We actually both enjoyed our fight a lot, although we both didn’t make it easy on the other and we really worked hard to convince the panel that we were worth 7th Dan.

     

    During our years in Japan we also visited many Kendo Tournaments, especially the so called “Jitsugyodan Taikai” , which were Tournaments for Kendo Clubs belonging to a company. Nippon Express is one of the founding members of the Jitsugyodan organization, and still has a formidable Kendo Club. Both Men and Women are still competing at high levels. The motto of Nippon Express Kendo Club is “Bunbu Ryodo”. This means that “Bun” = originally literature or study, but now it stands for work, and “Bu” = Budo, have to be practices in good harmony. Ryodo means the two ways.

     

    One of the largest Jitsugyodan Taikai is the Kanto Taikai. This is held in the Nippon Budokan, and about a thousand Kendoka join it. The whole floor is filled with thirteen Shiaijo, and there is no space between the lines of each Shiaijo. The lines of one Shiaijo are also the lines of the Shiaijo next to it!

    There are no preliminaries. It starts at nine in the morning sharp, and it is finished at five p.m. sharp. Most of teams that loose don’t stay to watch the rest of tournament. Once their Taikai is over, they go to a restaurant and enjoy the rest of the afternoon getting drunk and eating!

    Compared to the level of the European Kendo Championships, the level of this Taikai is extremely high. The reason is that the companies that want to have a strong Kendo Club, select the best players from Universities and offer them a job in the firm. This way, talented Kendoka can combine a full-time job with regular training, and still be active in the various Taikai. The teams that end with the best eight in this Taikai will easily beat the best teams of any European Country.

     

    Jolanda at Nippon Express Kendo Club

     

    Louis at Nippon Express Kendo Club, together with Ooka Sempai and Ushihama Sempai

     

    Nippon Express Kendo Club 50th anniversary publication

     

    In 2002, after three years and nine months stay in Japan, I got a new job at Nippon Express in Germany. When we arrived at Frankfurt Airport, I was met by my colleague Yoshiko, but also Uwe

    and Kazuko Kumpf from Katana Frankfurt. They were a great help in getting us settled in, during the first weeks. Of course we joined the Katana Frankfurt Kendo Club, and we trained there till we moved back to The Netherlands in 2005. Because I had been training Kendo in Japan for more than three years, I was very fit and quick. Not many people in Europe could hit me easily. Roberto Kumpf and Sabrina Kumpf were still very young, and I helped them and the other members to improve their level of Kendo.

    In the years we were there, Yoshiko Oda was also working in Frankfurt at the Japanese School, so our paths crossed again after many years.

    Jolanda and Louis after a training in Germany

     

    We also trained Kendo at the PSV Mainz Kendo Club, where we became good friends with Alex, Hanns-Peter and all the other members

    Jolanda and Louis with PSV Mainz in 2005 at a Junior Kendo Seminar

     

    Many years later, we were awarded a certificate for our contribution to the Hessen Kendo

    Federation.

     

    For our contribution to the Hessen Kendo development we got these in 2014.

     

    During our stay in Germany I was also able to invite Edo Sensei and Ijima Sensei to do a Kendo seminar with us. I was very happy that I could show my German Kendo friends who my teachers were, and I think the seminar was much enjoyed by all the participants.

    We still have many Kendo friends in Germany, and we still join the Tengu Cup in Frankfurt every year, together with a large delegation from The Netherlands.

    In 2005 we also organized the Kendo Summer Seminar again in Amsterdam, with Iijima Sensei, Nishino Sensei and Nabeyama Sensei. There were 75 participants from 6 European countries.

     

     

    Iaido Jodo Developments

    In Japan I was of course working like a Japanese: get up at six in the morning, commute for an hour and a half on the Tokyo trains, and get back home at eight if I was lucky. However, because of my job in Global Sales, I was out of Japan on business trips most of the time. I traveled regularly in Asia, but also in the USA for about 5 times per year.

    This meant I had little time to practice Kendo/Iaido/Jodo, but we managed to get a few Jodo lessons in Ishido Sensei’s Dojo. Iaido was too painful for my knees by that time, but we practiced Kendo on Friday evening in the Dojo regularly.

    After some time, our Kendo/Iaido/Jodo friends in Europe found out that we had a nice apartment in a nice area of Tokyo (an area called Setagaya). Jock visited us for several times, and also the 5th Dan Jodo grading of Jolanda in 2000 was quite an event: Edwin, Karl, Jef, Bernard stayed with us, and joined Jolanda on the  5th Dan Jodo grading in Yokohama. Thanks to Ishido Sensei’s training, of course everybody passed! Also Vic Cook stayed with us when he challenged his 7th Dan Iaido exam, and I treated him to a nice Tempura Dinner at the Ginza to celebrate his wonderful grading.

    Jock during one of his many visits to us in Japan

     

    We visited Hakone area many times

     

    We were both working close to the Ginza area

     

    In 2005 I went to Japan with Rene van Amersfoort to challenge our 7th Dan Jodo. After a week of six hours a day training under Yano Sensei 8th Dan Hanshi, we both passed the exam on our first attempt.

    Also in 2005 was the first Jodo Koryu Seminar, organized by Rene. There were 33 participants from Netherlands, Belgium Germany, Switzerland and France, teachers were Jock, Rene and Louis.

    Since then, Rene has organized this seminar and it has contributed to the correct understanding of the Tokyo Line of Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo.

  • 1990 – 1999

    Kendo Developments

     

    In 1990 we had a very strong male Kendo Team in the NKR, and they won 2nd place on the European Kendo Championships in Berlin. Sergio Velasquez even won the male individual championship, the first time a male Dutch Kendoka won a major tournament.

    In order to improve the Kendo level in The Netherlands further, I proposed two new Kendo Tournaments: The Edo Cup and the Iijima Cup. These tournaments are still held, and the Iijima Cup has grown to be a major Kendo event in Europe, with more than 150 participants from more than 15 countries.

    In 1990 I invited Edo Sensei to come to Amsterdam again.

    Louis v.s. Edo Sensei: guess who’s winning?

     

     

    The first Iijima Cup of 1990 was also my last Kendo Tournament as a player. By this time I was 31, and at the end of my career as a Shiai player. It wasn’t much of a career anyway, but the results that Jolanda was still obtaining in Kendo Shiai was satisfying enough for me.

    Yes it’s true, Louis won the first Iijima Cup!

     

     

    The younger generation, such as Sergio Velasques and later Mark Herbold were gaining strength, and they were much better athletes than me. However, I still felt obliged to Iijima Sensei to join the first Iijima Cup Tournament, and I fought the best way I could. I beat Sergio in the final, which was no small feat, considering the fact that he was the European Champion!

    In the late 1980’s I started to focus more on teaching and refereeing in Kendo tournaments. I also started my career at Nippon Express in 1988, which meant I could not train for Shiai as much as would be needed to get high level results.

    In 1991 I joined the World Kendo Championships as a referee. Although I was still a 5th dan, they selected me to referee the quarter final. This was the start of my long career as a WKC referee. After the tournament I challenged my 6th dan, and I was the only candidate out of a group of 19 who passed. Jolanda was at her peak of Shiai Kendo, and she made it to the best 8 of the WKC. It would take more than 20 years until another Dutch female (Sayo van de Woude), would achieve the same result.

     

    Jolanda passed her 5th Dan Kendo in 1992.

    Look at Jolanda’s focus before the grading

     

    Any doubt that Jolanda was the best 5th Dan in Europe at this time?

    Of course she also excelled in Kendo Kata!

    Edo Cup 1992: Mark commenting to Jolanda about someone’s footwork…….

    In 1993 Mark, Jolanda, Thea and Anita spend a few weeks in Japan

     

     

    Iijima Sensei was also the coach of the Dutch Kendo Team for a few years.

    Who is that Japanese with the mustache? Trying to copy Louis? And Rene Bonne (far left) with hair!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In 1995 we organized a seminar with high ranking Sensei from Ibaraki. The late Miyamoto Sensei (Kendo 8 dan Hanshi) was leader of the delegation. Takasaki Sensei is still active now, even in his mid-nineties!

     

    On the WKC of 1997, my student Wing Tan and Jolanda both won a fighting spirit prize. I was referee at the Men’s Final, and for the coming years I would be selected as referee in the finals of the WKC.

    The Dutch Kendo team of 1997 in front of Iijima Sensei’s house.

     

    Nakakura Sensei was very fond of Jo.

    During one of Sensei’s many visits to the Brussels Winter Seminar, Sensei was doing jigeiko with Jo. There were dozens of other Kenshi lining up in front of Sensei, but Sensei was having so much fun training with Jo, that he completely forgot the time and the Keiko lasted many minutes.

    Finally, Hirakawa Sensei came over and told Nakakura Sensei to stop training with Jo and give the other Kenshi a chance as well!

     

    Nakakura Sensei and Jo

     

    At the end of the 1990’s, the EKC had grown to a really big tournament, and of course the level of Kendo in Europe was getting much better across the board as well.

    In 1998 my student Mark Herbold became the second Dutch male to win the EKC. Jolanda made it to 2nd place, but by this time she was already 40 years old. Still only few females in Europe could beat her.

    One year later Mark was in the final of the EKC again, and this time he got 2nd place.

    In 1999 Jolanda and I made a big decision in our life: we moved to Japan, where I could get a job as an expat employee for my company. This was the start of a 7 years period in which we were not in The Netherlands, and my students had to take over the teaching and training, both in the NKR and in the Museido Dojo.

     

     

     

    Iaido Jodo Developments

     

    In the 1990’s my first generation Iaido and Jodo students were becoming teachers in their own Dojo, and we really build up a strong foundation for the Iaido and Jodo development in The Netherlands. The Seminars with Ishido Sensei’s group were by now well established, and we organized these Seminars every other year. One year in the UK, one year in The Netherlands.

    1990 Summer Seminar UK (Hendon): Who can you recognize?

     

    Sensei………how can I do Kuritsuke this way???????????

     

    1990 Summer Seminar UK (Hendon): Who can you recognize? (part 2)

     

     

    1990 Eishikan Jodo Taikai 3/4/5 dan division won by Jo & me. Handsome Couple, don’t you think?

     

     

     

    Jolanda & Louis at Jodo Taikai. O Sensei is referee

     

     

     

     

    I passed my Iaido 6th Dan in 1992 And Jodo 6th Dan in 1998.

    Ishido Sensei taught us the Muso Shinden Ryu of Iaido, and we even had a Tachi Uchi no Kurai Seminar in Museido Dojo in 1992. The video that was taken of that Seminar is still the reference material for this.

    The Beauty and the Sword

     

    The first generation Deshi of Ishido Sensei were also allowed to join the Muso Shinden Jushin Ryu, which was taught by Ishido Sensei to a small number of students. This style is still practiced in the traditional way of the old schools, so the number of students will stay very limited. Only those who are personally vetted by Ishido Sensei are allowed to join this group. At this moment only Rene van Amersfoort is still active in this school of Iaido.

    Also in the early 90’s I was teaching in Germany regularly

     

    The early seminars in Villingen was just with Ishido Sensei and me as teachers

     

                                    

     

    The Iaido Jodo Seminars in Holland grew into major events

     

    Louis: Sensei, Dutch Herring is soooo Oishi (delicious)! Hiroi Sensei: mmmm not so sure

     

    Ishido Sensei, Jock and I had one big dream: European Championships in Iaido and Jodo.

    Although we had already organized international tournaments in both disciplines in The Netherlands and UK, it took till 1993 for the first European Iaido Championships to be organized.

    It would take until 2002 for the first European Jodo Championships to be organized.

     

    Jock and Louis doing Embu at the Iaido European Championships 1994

     

    By now these events are very well established, but in the 1990’s it took a lot of effort to get these tournaments officially organized within the EKF. Because the NKR was able to take care of the organization, we could prove to the EKF that it was worthwhile to do these tournaments.

    In 1998, at the age of 38, I passed my 7th Dan Iaido. Of the more than 200 participants on this grading, I was candidate A1: the youngest of all. Thanks to the great support of Ishido sensei in the preparation of the exam (Jock and I trained like madmen for 6 hours a day in Sensei’s Dojo) and his support in the background, I was able to make a good performance on the grading. Jock also passed 7th Dan Iaido at this exam.

    Unfortunately by the time of the grading my knees were already getting painful, and when I had to get an operation on my elbow I had to give up Iaido completely.

    I’m still very grateful to Ishido Sensei for his teachings, it made me the first European ever to pass 7th Dan Iaido before the age of 40. Now most of my first generation Deshi are 7th Dan Iaido themselves, and very well qualified to take over the teachings in the lineage of Ishido Sensei.

     

     

    Also, Ishido Sensei started to invite Sensei from other Ryu to join the Seminars: Jikiden, Tamiya and Shinkage followers own a lot to Ishido Sensei for bringing the very best Sensei to Europe. Without Ishido Sensei’s open mind to make Iaido accessible for other Ryu as well,  the development of Iaido in Europe would have been much more limited than it is now.

     

    During the Iaido Jodo summer seminar in SIttard, unfortunately Ishido Sensei lost his wallet, with a lot of cash in it. All the students did their best to collect cash as much as possible, so I was able to hand over an envelope when I met Ishido Sensei two months later.

    Here is Ishido Sensei’s thank you letter:

     

    Rough Translation of Ishido Sensei’s thank you letter.

    Greetings,

    Already two months have passed since the 1998 August Summer Seminar in Sittard. Thanks to everybody, this year’s seminar was a great success, without any injury and in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere .

    For me and the other teachers who accompanied me, it was a great life experience and study for us, and the great contact that we have with everyone made us all think that we were very lucky to have started Budo. Furthermore, I received from Louis san the support that all of you were so kind to collect, and I want to thank everybody very deeply for this. For 20 years I have been telling my fellow travelers to be careful when traveling, but now it was the one who has been telling this who made the mistake of not paying attention. I really hope this will be a one-off incident.

    In any case, I feel really lucky to have so many friends with a warm heart.

    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart and hope you and your family will enjoy continued health and happiness and prosperity.

     

    October 1998

    Ishido Shizufumi

     

    I think this letter shows clearly that Ishido Sensei not only developed a teacher student relation with many people in Europe, also it has grown into a relation of deep friendship between Ishido Sensei and the Sensei that accompany him and many of us in Europe.

     

     

     

    On 17th January 1999 we also organized the first Ishido Cup.

    Many years we took Sensei and the group to various cities in Europe, Paris, Venice, etc.

    On a trip with Ishido Group.

     

  • 1980 – 1989

    Kendo Developments

     

    In 1980 I entered Leiden University, department of Japanology. Because I wanted to learn all there was to learn about Kendo, and because Edo Sensei and Iijima Sensei’s English was very limited, there was only one solution for me: become proficient enough in Japanese, so that they could teach me all the details in their own language.

     

    In 1980 and 1981 I won the Dutch Kendo Championships. Because I had been training in Japan in 1979, and because I was the youngest Kendoka in The Netherlands, I had a big advantage over the other Kendoka.

    Louis and Ralf Oquendo demonstrating Kendokata

     

     

    Jolanda on the way to Keiko

    Kendo in Shinbuken Dojo Amsterdam 1980

     

     

    Also in April 1980, I invited Iijima Sensei to come over to Amsterdam and he and his wife stayed in our house for a week. I still lived with my mother in those days, but we had a great time together. After one week in our house, Iijima Sensei stayed on the House Boat which Ed and Roelof Roosterman owned. Iijima Sensei and his wife had been without child for ten years, but on the House Boat they had help from the floating feeling, and it was here that their only son, Toshikyuki was conceived. Ever since, Toshiyuki has been named “made in Holland”.

     

    Iijima Sensei’s first visit to Amsterdam, with Furuya Sensei and Ogura Sensei, 1980

     

    Dutch Championships 1981 Final: Louis v.s. Raph, both Nito!

     

    Ralph (2nd), Louis (1st), Jaques and Hans (3rd) NKK 1981

     

    Young Jolanda and Anette 1981

     

     

    Dutch Team EKC Berlin 1981

    In the summer of 1981 I went to Japan again, this time on a Cultural Visa, and stayed for a year.

    I was very lucky that Edo Sensei became my sponsor, because in the early 1980’s there was no organized Kendo Curriculum for foreigners at Japanese Universities. I had to organize and finance everything myself, and without Edo Sensei’s help it would not have been possible.

    Edo Sensei first arranged an apartment for me. This was not easy, because at that time it was not common to rent out to foreigners for only a one-year period. Fortunately Edo Sensei found a real estate agent who was willing to rent a room to me, but without Edo Sensei’s strong back up this would not have been possible.

    He also supported me financially. I gave English lessons to his son, for which Edo Sensei paid the fees.

    After arriving in Japan, I first went to Iijima Sensei for some time, and he and his father in law brought me to Kanazawa by car. This took all night, and when we arrived in Kanazawa, we immediately had to go to the Dojo for a Keiko with Edo Sensei.

    In the Winter of 1981 Jolanda, who was Shodan Kendo, joined me and stayed in Kanazawa with me for three months. This was the start of a special relationship between Edo Sensei and Jolanda. Because he had no daughters but two sons, Jolanda became one of his “Kendo Daughters”. Oda Yoshiko, his other “Kendo Daughter”, was a young first year student in the days I was there, and she became one of Edo Sensei’s most proficient female Kendo students. Not only was she very strong in Shiai, she also made profound study of Japanese and Korean Kendo and eventually passed her 7th Dan.

    The practice at Kanazawa University was very tough. We practiced 6 times a week, for two and a half hours each time. The Wednesday practice was so called “Training”, which meant that we were mostly outside, doing running, jumping, running upstairs or slopes, and Suburi with a heavy Shinai.

    The Sundays were mostly filled with Taikai, but sometimes we had a day of as well.

    After three months I was sick for about a week. When Sensei came into my Tatami Room which I rented, he laughed out loud: “you’re over trained! Take a break for a week and you’ll be fine”.

    Kanazawa University Dojo 1981

     

     

     

    After this, I could finally keep up with the training every day. I did Keiko with Sensei almost every day, and most of the times I was so exhausted fighting him, that I lost consciousness many, many times. I can’t do that with my students in Europe of course, but in those days,  no one would complain about it.

    After three months I also scored the first real Ippon on Edo Sensei: I went for the Men hit, he tried to block it, so I could hit his Kote. I still remember this situation clearly. I even know where in the Dojo we stood, and how happy he was that I finally hit him! Of course in the next few minutes he hit me about a hundred times, but I still had my first real Ippon on him.

    The winter of 1981/1982 in Kanazawa was very severe. As an inhabitant of The Netherlands I had never seen more than 10 centimeters of snow, but one morning I woke up and could not leave my apartment, because the snow was covering the whole height of the front door! We had to remove the snow, which was over one meter in height until we could reach the road.

    In this winter I also joined the Kan Geiko of Kanazawa University Kendo Club. Of course the Dojo was not heated, and they even opened all the doors and windows, so that the temperature inside would be the same minus 5 degrees as outside! The training would start 7 in the morning and last for about one and a half hour. I clearly remember a few things about this training, which lasted for 5 days.

    First, Edo Sensei and I were the only ones who attended every day. Most of the students skipped at least one or two days. Second, because the Dojo was so cold, once we took our Men off, a small cloud of dampness would develop around our heads. And lastly, I remember my feet would be so cold at the end of the training, that I could kick the concrete wall with my toes, and not feel anything. My feet were completely numb.

    Fortunately every training would end in Sensei’s room with some typical Japanese winter foods, so we would warm up quickly.

    Being a very small person, even for Japanese standards, Edo Sensei developed incredible footwork, but also an ability to use almost every technique that exists in Kendo in Keiko or in Shiai. Basically he taught me everything: Jodan, Nito, Katate Waza, various attack and defense options and how to set up your strategy towards your opponent.

    Because of my mediocre talent, I was never able to use this training and win a major Tournament such as the European Kendo Championships. But it did work out for Jolanda, who was much more talented in Kendo than me, and who would become the first official European Lady Kendo Champion in 1989.

    Edo Sensei also taught me how to be Shinpan in Kendo Shiai. We did a lot of Shiai practice and because I was a little older than the 4th year students, I was acting as Sinpan many times a week. This was the basis of my career as a Kendo Referee. Because of this experience, I was already used to refereeing Japanese Kendo and this is one of the reasons I was selected as referee on the WKC team finals for many years.

    I also remember my final Keiko with Edo Sensei at the end of my one-year stay. Because it was impossible to hit his Men, I decided to try something I had learned during my stay: a faint attack under his Shinai to the Kote, and then jump forward to hit Tsuki when his Shinai moved sideways to defend the Kote. It worked perfectly, and it was only the second Ippon I scored on him in the whole year.

    During my year in Kanazawa, I was one of the students who were in Edo Sensei’s “Kendo Kenkyu Shitsu” (Kendo Study Group) every day. I could read Japanese pretty well by this time, and started to translate all of Edo Sensei’s studies on Kendo. After my return to Amsterdam Henk Oosterling helped me to turn this into a Kendo Book, written in Dutch.

    Jolanda and the girls from Kanazawa Univ. Kendo Club

     

     

    Dutch beauty in Japanese snow

     

     

    Biomechanical Study on Kendo by professor Edo

     

     

    In the 1980’s Kanazawa University was inside the castle,

    now it is a famous tourist attraction.

     

     

     

    Louis in Edo Sensei’s Kendo Study Department, Kanazawa University

     

    Kanazawa Univ. Kendo Club Graduation Party January 1982

     

     

    When Edo Sensei retired, he assembled a kind of memoires of his lifelong Kendo career. Here are some parts of that (in Japanese), where my stay in Kanazawa are mentioned.

     

     

     

    Message from Edo Sensei to me: “Yume, ippo, ippo” : Dream, step by step.

     

     

    Edo Sensei at his retirement age.

     

     

    Louis & Jolanda in Kanazawa, 1981.

    38 years later: April 2019 Edo Sensei insisted we took a picture on the same location!

     

     

    Edo Sensei teaching in Europe.

     

    Edo Sensei’s description of my stay in Kanazawa (part 1)

     

    Edo Sensei’s description of my stay in Kanazawa (part 2)

     

     

    Rough Translation: The Kenshi from Amsterdam

    This article was originally written by Edo Sensei for the 50th year anniversary of the All Japan Student Kendo Federation magazine in 1989.

     

    Now it is very common to have international relationships, but 30 years ago it was very difficult to have regular contacts with foreigners or to go abroad for work, because of social and financial barriers. In those days, it was 360 yen for one US$!

    In 1974 a few individuals such as Ed Roosterman and Ralf Oquendo had developed in interest in Kendo as a traditional Japanese martial art, and they joined my trainings in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, where I was teaching Kendo. One of the Amsterdam Kenshi, Louis Vitalis, came walking past the Kenrokuen Park in Kanazawa, through the Ishikawa Gate of the castle, with his Bogu on his shoulder, in 1979 at the age of 18.

    Two years later he came again to Kanazawa Kendo Club on “Musha Shugyo” (proper samurai training), as an overseas student, all paid by himself. The first thing that I had to arrange for him was a place to live. However, in those days it was not so easy to find a real estate agent who would rent out a room for only one year, even though a university teacher would guarantee payment for it.

    Fortunately I found a real estate agent who had graduated from Kanazawa University who understood the situation and we found a place to live for Louis. The next problem was the cost of living. As a student of Leiden University Louis had saved up some money from his side jobs, but this was not enough to survive in an expensive city as Kanazawa. Because Louis was not a native speaker of English, it was hard to find students for English lessons. Therefore I decided to let him teach English to my eldest son, and with that money and his savings he could just survive.

    Louis Kendo training in Kanazawa would start at 2 pm, when he came to the Kendo Kenkyu Shitsu (Kendo Study department of Physical Education Division) where he would study my teaching methods and the scientific studies we were doing into Kendo. He would then translate these into Dutch. We would also practice Jodo, besides the daily Kendo training. The other students, who were about Louis’ age, were very impressed by Louis attitude and training, even being so far away from home, and together they would improve and polish their skills in Kendo.

    Of course Louis would join the Kendo Club parties and a real friendship with the students would develop. Sometimes I would walk with Louis through Kanazawa, and in those days the people of Kanazawa and the many tourists would look at him with an expression of surprise on their faces. Some of the girls students would shout out loudly: “hey look a foreigner!”. After his return to Amsterdam Louis would publish his work in a book called {Kendo, techniek tactiek en didaktiek} in 1985. Although he is still far from skilled in Kendo, he has been selected to referee the finals of the world Kendo Championships.

     

     

    In the Summer of 1982 I returned back to Amsterdam. The first thing I did, was to move with Jolanda into our own rental flat in Amsterdam.

    I started to teach Kendo, Iaido and Jodo from this period. Although I was young, unexperienced and totally unqualified to teach, there was no one with more knowledge in the Amsterdam area, so automatically I was teaching the things that I had learned during my one year stay in Kanazawa.

    During the year I was in Kanazawa, I not only trained Kendo and Jodo every day, I also studied Kendo History and Biomechanics under Edo Sensei. I translated most of his studies into Dutch and brought all this with me to Amsterdam.

     

    Together with Henk Oosterling, one of the founding members of Fumetsu Dojo in Rotterdam, I started to compile everything into a book.

    It took more than 2 years to finish, but I’m still very proud of this work.

    Because of Edo Sensei’s high standing in Japan, we were even honored by a written introduction and a beautiful calligraphy by the famous Nakakura Sensei, 9th Dan.

    Many years later, Nakakura Sensei took me for Kendo to the Imperial Police Dojo, inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.


    Nakakura Sensei, 9th Dan.

     

    Also, because most of the work on this book we did at Henk’s home in Rotterdam, I was teaching Kendo in Rotterdam for almost 2 years, on a very regular basis. Both Koos van Hattum and Gerard Barbier trained with me in that period. They are now 7th Dan and 6th Dan and still very good friends of us.

     

     

    In 1983 we were interviewed by Mainichi Newspaper.

    In 1983 I participated in the European Kendo Championships, in Chambery, France. Although I should have won this tournament, I lost my Heijoshin in the Quarter Final and lost from Rainer Jattkowski from Berlin. He would be second in the Tournament, and I was awarded the Fighting Spirit Prize.

    In 1984 I again made it to the best eight at the European Kendo Championships in Brussels, but I lost form the guy who won the Tournament and I was awarded the Fighting Spirit Prize again.

     Louis scores Men in Chambery EKC, 1983

     

     

    In these years there was no official Ladies division on the European Kendo Championships, but after her three months stay in Kanazawa, Jolanda was already developing a great insight in Kendo matches, and she already won prizes at the Mumeishi 3’s Kendo Tournament in London. This was the biggest Kendo event in Europe in those days, even bigger than many European Championships.

    Dutch delegation to Mumeishi 1982

     

     

     

     

     

    Another Mumeishi Award for Jolanda

     

    And another first place for Jolanda!

     

     

    In the 1980’s Jolanda was practically unbeatable in Europe! She was 2nd at WKC 1985 Ladies Goodwill, only an American-Japanese woman was (a little) stronger than Jolanda.

     

     

    Famous Iaido Enbu of Nakakura Sensei, WKC 1985

     

     

    Dutch Kendo Team WKC 1985

    Louis ready for Shiai, WKC 1985

     

     

     

    Nakakura Sensei, his wife and Louis at WKC sayonara party

     

     

     

    In the mid 1980’s, Jolanda and I were still University Students. We did not have a lot of money, but all the money that I earned by teaching Dutch to Japanese expats, Japanese to Dutch students and translating for the “King of Japanese Brothels”, who wanted to open a brothel in the Red-Light District in Amsterdam, we spent on Budo.

    We trained Kendo, Iaido and Jodo as much as we could, and my first-generation students in all three disciplines started training with me in this period. (See Lineage).

    In 1984, we invited Edo Sensei and Iijima Sensei to Amsterdam. We were still living in our small, two room apartment, so the two Sensei had to sleep in the living room. Japanese are used to live in small houses, so this was never a problem, and we all had a great time, combining Kendo and sightseeing.

    Because we wanted to have our own Kendo/Iaido/Jodo Club, and separate from the Karate Club Shinbuken, I asked Edo Sensei for a name for my Dojo.

    There is a very famous Dojo in Japan, called Museido.  It was a Dojo in Kanazawa, which was later moved to Nagoya to function as a kind of museum. Because of my strong connection with Kanazawa, Edo Sensei came up with the name Museido, which we have been using ever since.

    Edo Sensei in Amsterdam 1984

     

     

    Jolanda and I were also deeply involved in the activities of the Nederlandse Kendo Renmei, NKR.

    I was appointed Technical Commissioner, and Jolanda took care of the ordering of Kendo equipment. We had a good relationship with Hitachi Budogu, a small Kendo shop in Ibaraki Prefecture, and they even sponsored the NKR Kendo Team on some events.

    We organized Seminars with Iijima Sensei and Ishido Sensei’s Group, Regular Central Trainings and also Kendo/Iaido/Jodo tournaments.

    In our first apartment in Amsterdam, May 1986.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After my return from Japan in 1982 till I started working for Nippon Express in 1988, I spend many hours teaching in various Dojo in The Netherlands.

    I was teaching regularly in Heerlen, where Rene Bonne and Guido Minnaert were my students.

    Working on the Kendo Book with Henk Oosterling in Rotterdam every week brought me to teaching in Fumetsu Dojo from 1982 till 1984.

    I also taught in Groningen, where I trained with the founder of Shinbuken Groningen, Anton Kemmerling.

                                                                             Louis & Anton in Groningen                

    In the background Willem Riesenkamp, now the Dojo Leader in Groningen

     

     

    We were also active in participating in Budo demonstrations, to make our activities more known.

    Niko Bijl and Dick Lindhout, unfortunately both no longer alive, were one of my first Kendo/Iaido/Jodo students in Amsterdam.

    Niko and Dick showing off in Amsterdam Osdorp

    Louis open air Iaido Enbu: look at the length of my sword!

     

     

     

    From December 1985 till February 1986, Jolanda and I spend a few weeks training in Japan. We trained in Kanazawa University with Edo Sensei, Shimodate Dai Ichi High School with Iijima Sensei, Shinbukan Dojo with Ishido Sensei and the Shiseikan Dojo of the late Takizawa Kozo Sensei. Nakakura Sensei also took us to the famous Saineikan Dojo, which is the Dojo of the Imperial Police, inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Here Jolanda could not train because the training was only for male Kenshi, but after the training Nakakura Sensei arranged a short trip through the Imperial Palace Grounds with a big imperial limousine. At this time we were staying in Otake Sensei’s house, and he was very jealous of our direct access to Nakakura Sensei and the trip to the Palace. During this trip we trained Kendo, Iaido and Jodo, almost every day with very little sightseeing. 

    Jolanda also participated in the Ibaraki Prefecture Katei Fuji Taikai, which is a Kendo tournament for amateur ladies. Only the opponent of the final was stronger than Jolanda, so she ended with a second place. The Ibaraki Kendo Federation President mentioned Jolanda’s suberb Kendo in his closing speech, and he was happy that the local lady won it, otherwise Jolanda would have had to represent Ibaraki at the all Japan Katei Fuji Taikai!

     

     

    Winter 1985 in Ishioka at Iijima Sensei

     

     

    Louis and Iijima Sensei making Mochi

    Louis and Jo at Furuya Sensei’s Dojo, winter 1985

     

    Winter 1985 Kanazawa was very cooooold!

     

     

    Louis and Jolanda at Takizawa Sensei’s Dojo

     

     

     

     

    Nakakura Sensei watching Louis in Imperial Palace Dojo

    Louis tries Men in Imperial Palace Dojo

     

     

     

     

    After Keiko in Imperial Palace with Tajima Sensei, Nakakura Sensei and Kato Sensei

     

     

    Jolanda won 2nd place at Ibaraki Katei Fujin Taikai 1986

     

     

     

    Although I was the first Dutch Kendoka who won Fighting Spirit Prizes in World- and European  Tournaments, the first real results came in 1986, when the Dutch Kendo Team got 3rd place in the European Kendo Championships in the UK.

    In 1987 we organized the first international Kendo Seminar with Iijima Sensei, and this was the Seminar that finally developed into the NKR Summer Seminar with Nabeyama Sensei of recent years.

    Because Iijima Sensei has a very well-respected reputation in the Ibaraki Prefecture Kendo Renmei, we could also organize Kendo seminars with some high-ranking Sensei from Ibaraki Prefecture. Especially Miyamoto Sensei (†), 8th Dan Hanshi and president of Ibaraki Prefecture Kendo Federation and Takasaki Sensei, 8th Dan Hanshi became close friends with the NKR Kendo members.

    In 1987 I met Mr. Kumagai, the Managing Director of Nippon Express Nederland. He was a founding member of the Nippon Express Kendo Club, and he joined Museido to practice Kendo with us. Even though he was only a 4th dan Kendo, and already in his early fifties,  he was a very experienced tournament player, so training with him was always a great pleasure. We became good friends, and in June 1988 he asked me if I was interested in joining Nippon Express Nederland. I said yes immediately, and I never left the company until my retirement  in 2018.

    In August 1988 Jolanda and I decided to get married, and invited Edo Sensei as witness to the official part of the wedding ceremony. Of course we combined this with many Kendo trainings, and especially Jolanda’s level of Kendo was growing to a very high level.

    Kumagai Sempai, Louis, Jolanda, Edo Sensei

     

    Edo Sensei as witness at our wedding

     

    Edo Sensei and the Happy Couple

     

     

     

     

    In 1989, we felt confident enough to organize the European Kendo Championships in Amsterdam. Fortunately Iijima Sensei helped us a lot in managing the official delegation from Japan and the tournament was a great success for the NKR as well: Sergio Velasquez made it to 3rd place in the men’s individual tournament.

    In this tournament, the European Kendo Federation organized the first official Ladies Division. Jolanda had been going through a gruesome training period with Iijima Sensei before the tournament in Amsterdam, and she won this first official Ladies Kendo European Kendo Tournament in a fantastic manner.

    Jolanda receives the first European Ladies Championships Award

     

     

    In 1989 Iijima Sensei and his wife, son, mother and father in law came to visit us, and we visited Paris.

    Still a famous story in the Iijima family: in Paris Iijima and I tried some special fried fish. The next day we both had diarrhea when we had to stand in line for the Louvre Museum.

     

     

    Iaido Jodo Developments

     

    In 1981 I was training Kendo at Kanazawa University. One day Edo Sensei told me to come to the Dojo early next morning, without Bogu and only with a Bokken.

    Of course I thought that we were going to do Kendo Kata. I had already experienced Kendo Kata with Edo Sensei, which was completely different from what I had learned so far. His approach to Kendo Kata was “ Shinken Shobu” (real fight), and once he tried to surprise me in Kata Number 2, where Uchidachi is supposed to attack Kote, with a Katate Men to the side of my head. Fortunately I was able to deflect it with Suriage Men, which caused a big grin on Sensei’s face.

    I was in the Dojo on time, only with my Bokken. Edo Sensei appeared in the Dojo with a wooden stick, and he told me to take Chudan no Kamae. The next thing I remember was that my Bokken was flying through the Dojo behind me, for many meters! It was outside the Shiaijo that we were in, so it must have been more than 10 meters. I asked “Sensei, what is this?”. He replied: “this is Jodo. How do you like it?”.

    Then I remembered that I read about Jodo in Donn Draeger’s books on Japanese Martial Arts. I had never seen it in real life, and never felt the impact of a “Hikiotoshi Uchi”, the technique that Sensei used to hit my Bokken. I was so impressed with it, that I asked Sensei to teach me this art.

     

     

    Edo Sensei had learned Jodo from Hamaji Sensei, a student of the famous Shimizu Sensei, and also holding the highest diploma of the Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, a so called Menkyo Kaiden.

    The first publication of Seitei Jodo by Shimizu Sensei Hanshi 9th Dan

    For Edo Kokichi, signed Shimizu Takaji 9th Dan Hanshi

     

     

    As can be seen in this book, which I got from Edo Sensei during my visit in April 2019, Edo Sensei and his teacher visited Shimizu Sensei’s Dojo and practiced Jodo there!

    Edo Sensei holds a 6th Dan Renshi in Jodo and he explained to me his motivation to learn Jodo.

    Because of his ambition to become one of the strongest Kendo players in Japan, he found that Jodo could support this. The way you can hit the sword with a kind of sliding technique, and the Taiatari from left and right side, and the fact that you use techniques both on the left and right side, were Edo Sensei’s motivation to start Jodo training.

    During my one year stay in Kanazawa he taught me all the Kihon moves and the twelve Kendo Renmei Kata. We trained three to four times per week, so after one year I had made a big progress.

     

    Louis and Edo Sensei doing Shinto Ryu and Jodo in 1981

     

     

     

    Jolanda and Bert Heeren could never seriously train Jodo…..it always ended like this!

     

     

     

     

    After my return from Japan in 1982 I started to organize Jodo seminars in Holland. Hein Odinot and Koos van Hattum were also there!

    Niko Bijl, Richard Boel, Dick Lindout, Andre Raboen, Wil Abels on one of my first Jodo Seminars in Holland.

     

     

    I have known Jock Sensei since the 1970’s and we invited him to teach Kendo and Iaido many times

     

     

    In 1983, my long time Kendo friend and Sempai Jock Hopson asked me to join the Iaido and Jodo seminar that he organized in the UK. At this seminar, Ishido’s father, Hiroi Sensei and Ishido Sensei were the head teachers. Because I had already learned the Jodo Kata in 1981, and could speak Japanese, I was assisting Hiroi Sensei in demonstrating the Kata and translating his teaching at the same time.

    Because I was performing the Kata with Hiroi Sensei during his explanation, my own Jodo made a big improvement.

    Although I had received Iaido teaching from several very famous Iaido teachers (remember my first Iaido teacher was no one else than the famous Nakakura Sensei, and my second teacher was Haga Sensei!), I did not have a proper Sensei for Iaido.

    Fortunately, Ishido Sensei, who had already been teaching Jock, Vic, Len and Loi in the UK for a few years, was so kind to accept me as one of his European Deshi. Since then Ishido Sensei has helped me with achieving all my Iaido and Jodo Dan Grades.

    After consulting with Jock, we also invited Ishido Sensei’s group to The Netherlands. In 1984 we organized the first Iaido Jodo Summer Seminar, in Krommenie. On this first occasion we were able to get 35 people to join the seminar, and this number grew year by year.

    During the Seminars with Ishido Sensei’s group, we also organized international Iaido and Jodo Tournaments.

    I participated in all Jodo Tournaments as a player, and from Mudan Division to Yondan & Godan Division I managed to win all the Shiai that I participated in.

    Later these Tournaments would grow into the official European Iaido and Jodo Tournaments.

    First Eishinkan Taikai 1986. Wil Abels and I won Shodan Division, Jo and Jos won Mudan Division.

     


    The first group of Iaido & Jodo in Museido Amsterdam.

    Rear Line: Rene van Amersfoort, Dick Lindhout, Richard Boel, Arno Adelaars, Niko Bijl, Wil Abels.

    Front Line: Jolanda, Louis, Ishido Sensei

    Louis, Hiroi Sensei, Ishido Sensei at one of the first Seminars in Holland

     

     

     

     

    From 1984, I was very active in promoting Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

    I set up a Iaido beginners course in cooperation with the Zendokan Magazine, a Martial Arts Magazine. We had participants from Holland and Belgium.

    Already in the 1980’s Jock and Louis were teaching together

     

     

    In 1984 I was a kind of “missionary”, busy to promote the teachings of my Japanese teachers in Europe. Because I had competition from Iaido and Jodo outside the Kendo Federation, I asked Hiroi Sensei to write a letter of recommendation, stating that Jodo in The Netherlands should be developed by the NKR, under me.

    Hiroi Sensei’s introduction letter in Zendokan Magazine

     

     

    English translation of Hiroi Sensei’s letter:

    My teacher Shimizu Takaji (ZNKR Jodo Hanshi), always mentioned to us that he wanted to develop Jodo all over the world, but he passed away when he was 81 years old.

    I was waiting for an opportunity to teach Jodo to foreigners, as was Shimizu Sensei’s wish, when I was approached by Ishido Sensei (BKA Iaido teacher), to join him on a Iaido and Jodo Seminar in the UK. This was my first opportunity to meet with Jodo enthusiasts within the Iaido group in the UK, and I was very impressed with their eagerness. Iaido started there with just three persons five years ago, but now there are two hundred Iaidoka. So I am indeed convinced that all Budo (Kendo, Iaido, Jodo), if they are organized in the Kendo Federations, we can see a great development.

    Being one of the students of my teacher who received the highest Jodo diploma (Menkyo Kaiden), I am aware of my responsibility to teach the traditional Jodo to foreigners. Therefore, if there are people in The Netherlands who want to learn Jodo, they should join the Nederlandse Kendo Renmei. Fortunately in The Netherlands the accomplished Louis Vitalis is living, so I would like the Jodo to be organized around him.

    Hiroi Tsunetsugu

    Jodo Kyoshi 8 dan

    Kendo Kyoshi 7 dan

    Iaido Kyoshi 7 dan

     

     

    Second Iaido Jodo Seminar with Ishido Sensei and Hiroi Sensei in Holland, 1985

     

     

    Jolanda and I also started to teach Iaido and Jodo in Belgium.

    One of my first students there, Jean Trembloy was kind enough to dig up some old pamphlets and foto’s of the earliest seminars in Belgium.

    Pamphlet for one of the first Iaido Jodo Seminars in Belgium, of course the prices are in Belgian Francs!

     

     

    Jolanda and Louis teaching Iaido in Belgium 1987

     

     

     

     

    Ishido Sensei and Louis in a serious discussion

     

     

    Hiroi Sensei explaining some interesting stuff, translated by me

    Who can you recognize?

     

    Jolanda & Louis demonstrating Tanjo around 1986

     

     

    During our stay from December 1985 till February 1986,  Jolanda and I spend a few weeks in Kawasaki and Tokyo to deepen our Jodo training. We stayed in Otake Sensei’s house for a week and in that time we trained directly with Hiroi Sensei in Tokyo and learned Omote, Chudan, Shinto Ryu and Uchida Ryu Tanjojutsu. I will never forget how HIroi Sensei demonstrated Hojo Jutsu with a Tanjo and a rope, hidden inside his Keikogi. This happened during the Wednesday afternoon training in Shinbuken Ishido Dojo, which was a kind of elite training for 7th Dan only, to which we were allowed to join. Present were Ishido’s father, mother, Aoki Sensei, Ishido himself of course, and Hiroi Sensei. HIroi Sensei told me to do the Tachi side of Tanjo Ushiro Zue, but when he controlled my elbow with the Tanjo, he kept pushing down, until I was with my face flat on the floor!

    Then, without me being able to see it, he pulled out the thin rope from inside his Keikogi, and within two or three seconds he tightened my hands behind my back, with a kind of loop figure of the rope. Then he told me to get up and walk away. After three steps he pulled the rope, and the loop around my neck immediately tightened so hard that I could not take any more steps. I even had difficulty breathing normally!

    Because Jolanda only learned the Tachi side and I learned the Jo side, we could learn many Koryu Kata in a short time, and after we returned to Amsterdam we shared this with the other people in the Dojo.

     

     

     

    Besides teaching in the Netherlands, I also started to teach in Belgium and Germany. Many of my students of the early 1980’s have either passed away or have stopped training, but the ones that are still active are now 6th or 7th Dan and are teachers in their own countries.

    I met Karl Dannecker through Kendo in 1984, when we organized an Amsterdam – Hannover Kendo event. My first Iaido Seminar in Germany was in Hannover, in April 1987. When Karl moved to Villingen later in 1987 we soon started to organize Iaido and Jodo seminars in Villingen, and many Germans joined our Ishido Seminars in the Netherlands from this time as well. Before the Deutsche Jodo Bund was founded, the German Jodoka were mostly members of the NKR, because it was not organized within the Deutsche Kendo Bund (DKenB).

     

     

    In 1988, when the Ishido Group was doing the Seminar in The Netherlands, Ishido Sensei, Hiroi Sensei, Aoki Sensei and others joined Jolanda and me on a belated Honeymoon. We went by train to Koblenz, took a Rhine river cruise and visited Rotenberg ob der Tauber, which is a must see for Japanese tourists, who visit the “Romantische Strasse” in Germany.

    Although Hiroi Sensei was known to be a very strict and serious teacher at our seminars, during our Honeymoon he was very relaxed and extremely funny! We had many great laughs on the deck of the cruise ship, where Hiroi Sensei was telling jokes and acting funny.

    Ishido Sensei and Aoki Sensei joining our honeymoon

    Honeymoon 1988

     

     

     

    Article Kendo Nippon 1987 in which Hiroi Sensei explains about Jodo

    Translation Hiroi Sensei Interview Kendo Nippon September 1987

    Jodo can be used in all kinds of Budo

    I started Jodo in 1951. During that time I was still employed as a regular police officer (in Tokyo) and Shimizu Takaji Sensei was just starting up Jodo Seminars for us.

    I joined these seminars, and Shimizu Sensei told me to do my best in training with the Jo. I still don’t know whether he was just being friendly or whether he recognized my aptitude for Jodo, but I decided to join Shimizu Sensei’s seminars.

    I was trying to become a Kendo teacher at the police, so I was training Kendo very hard, but in 1956 I became Keijojutsu (police stick art) teacher for metropolitan police. Yoneno Kotaro was one of my colleagues.

    Of course I started Jodo from a professional point of view, but it was the fantastic technique and personality of Shimizu Sensei that really attracted me to the Jo.

    In the beginning I had no idea about Jodo and I did have some doubts at first. However on the other hand it was really interesting.

    In those days there were very few people training Jodo, and you cannot compare it to present day.

    The most basic point of Jodo is to take the initiative (Sen) when hitting the opponent (Tachi). This point is very beneficial for Kendo. Shimizu Sensei always told us that Jodo would be very good for our Kendo development, and learned a lot about this when actually facing an opponent.

    Also in Jodo there is a saying: “when you thrust it is a spear, when you sweep it is a naginata, when you hold it is a sword. So you can use these principles in Spear, Naginata and Sword techniques as well.

    Because movement in Jodo is front, back, left, right, it will be very beneficial for your Taisabaki and breathing technique.

    In modern society, it is better not to focus too much on one thing only, but try to get proficient in various things. “Budo no Kokoro” can be applied in everything.

    Getting Dan grades is not the only purpose of Budo, but if you train the three arts: Kendo, Iaido, Jodo, you can advance your Dan grades simultaneously and get a deeper understanding on each of them. I am also teaching outside Japan and it is very beneficial that I know all three arts.

    In most countries all three arts are taught. Someone who only knows Kendo, cannot answer any question about Iaido or Jodo. For every art, the specialist knows best.

    I am now 8th Dan Hanshi in Jodo, and other people will not teach me anything. Therefore, my training is to keep the teachings of Shimizu in mind, and train and study as if I were a beginner.

     

     

     

    Article Kendo Nippon 1987 in which Ishido Sensei explains about Jodo

    Translation Ishido Sensei interview Kendo Nippon September 1987

    It’s better to learn Jodo bearing in mind the differences.

    I started Jodo when I was in Junior High School, which is exactly 30 years ago. My father simply told me that I had to understand Jodo. I was already training Kendo and Iaido, and I was wondering why it was necessary to learn about Jodo. Now I finally begin to realize why.

    In Kendo you wear a Bogu, and in  Iaido you have a real sword but no opponent. However, in Jodo you don’t wear a Bogu, but you still train with an opponent and you must learn to correctly cut, strike, take distance and prepare your attack (Semekomi).

    Because you don’t wear a Bogu, it is vital that you hit correctly and try to stop the hit correctly. You will understand this clearly when you practice Kendokata. If you wear a Bogu you can feel safe, but if you hit actually on head or wrist, it is necessary to stop your hit in a correct way.

    Even Kendo 5th Dan and 6th Dan people cannot stop their hit with the Jo right on target. They tend to use the arms and hand only, and the Jo will tremble at the end of the hit. Of course one is worried about getting injured, so it is difficult to correctly judge how far one can go. Especially in Kendokata this is important. Because one is worried about injury, the actual hit to the head is only done at 70%, and this destroys the original deep meaning of Kendokata.

    In Jodo this principle is still preserved in detail. Hits and thrusts are done with full force, and this is very beneficial for Kendo practice. If you make a small mistake with the Jo, you may end up with a broken fingernail, or even a broken bone. So this is a very fine Budo, in which you can train sincerely and hard.

    So in my case, I use it to complement my Kendo and Iaido.

    For everyone who is member of a Kendo federation, at least knowing about the 3 arts would be nice.

    Being proficient or not doesn’t matter, but learning something else is always recommendable.

    So if you have one main art, you can use the other two arts to make your main art more complete. Takizawa Kozo Sensei (Kendo 8th Dan Hanshi from Kanagawa) used to say: “Kendo is hitting and Iaido is cutting. But Kendoka can learn a lot from Iaido.”

    Learning another art while understanding the differences is most important. There will never be a negative influence on your training.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ishido Sensei also asked Matsuoka Sensei to come over. Now the Shinkage Ryu is well established in Europe.

    The only two non-Japanese triple Nanadan on one of our many trips in Japan.

     

    In November 1989 Jolanda and I also practiced in Shinbukan Ishido Dojo in Kawasaki, where Hiroi Sensei was teaching us Jodo Koryu.

     

    Hiroi Sensei teaching us Neya no Uchi from Shindo Muso Ryu Omote Waza

  • 1972 – 1979

    In the early Seventies, there were only 2 channels on TV, and for us young kids, it was normal to spend most of our time playing outside. In those days, Anton Geesink was already very famous as a Judo player, so Judo was quite popular in our country.

    One of the boys in our street, Bert, with whom I used to play soccer outside, joined a Judo Club in Amsterdam. When I was about 13 years old, I decided to join that club as well. In those days there was a kind of Dutch Jujitsu system, which was loosely based on Japanese Jujitsu, and our teacher, Dijkshoorn Sensei, taught both disciplines to us.

    Louis at the age of 15.

    I enjoyed the practice a lot and moved through the Kyu Grade system until I reached 1st Kyu when I was 15. Because I was the smallest person in the Club, it was very hard for me to really beat the older and much bigger and stronger guys. Of course, the Bruce Lee films made the weapons such as Nunchaku and Bo very popular, and I build a whole collection of mostly Okinawa Kobudo weapons, such as Nunchaku, Bo, Sai and Tonfa.

    Dijkshoorn Sensei once showed us a Kendo Bogu, and I was much intrigued by it. I bought a Shinai and a book on Kendo and started reading about it. I hung the Shinai on the wall above my bed and dreamt about Kendo.

     

    In 1975 I met Jolanda, who was in the same class as me in our high school. I was 16, Jolanda was 17.

    As you can see from the picture, she was a very beautiful girl, and I had a lot of competition of other boys, whom I had to overcome in order to win her over.

    Because we were sitting next to each other during some classes, we did not always pay attention to what the teacher was saying.

    Once our Physics teacher said: “your relation might be very happy on the school yard, but here in the class room you’re not paying any attention to what I’m saying!”.

    I told all my students that I would never show this picture. Just 16 years old, a few months after I met Jolanda. The last of the hippies!

     

    Jolanda & Louis already with a bit shorter hair in 1975.

     

    Louis’ room around 1976: on the wall Nakayama Hakudo Sensei, Jolanda making fun of my Kendo Kiai

     

    In the days before Internet and Social Media, it was not so easy to find information about where Kendo was practiced, so it took me till March 1976 before I found the Kendo Club where Willem Alexander was teaching Kendo. Willem Alexander was one of the first Kendoka in The Netherlands, together with our honorary President Hein Odinot he was one of the very few persons who knew enough about Kendo to teach a group. Willem Alexander, Jaques Bouma, Jacques van der Linden ( I still meet him at Jodo seminars, which he is still joining!) and me were the guys who practiced regularly.

    In one of my first practices as a beginner, I went to a central training where Hein Odinot was teaching. I believe Hein was the only 2nd Dan in the Netherlands. I still had no Bogu, and was training Kendo footwork.

    Jolanda was watching me during this training. After the training was finished her comment was: “what a stupid, boring thing to do!”. It took her two and a half years to realize that Kendo wasn’t so bad, and she joined our trainings under Willem Alexander in November 1978.

    For more than a year I trained Judo/Jujutsu and Kendo, but I chose for Kendo when I joined the first big Kendo Seminar in Europe, which was organized in Papendal in April 1977.

    By this time I found out that there was another Kendo group in Amsterdam. Ralf Oquendo and Ed Roosterman were training Kendo in the Karate Dojo of Kallenbach Sensei in Amsterdam, which was called Shinbuken. I practiced in both Clubs for a few years, until we merged in one Kendo Club, under the name of Shinbuken.

    The Papendal Seminar was the first major Pan European Kendo seminar, and some very famous Kendo Sensei from Japan were there: Nakakura Kyoshi Sensei (the modern-day Miyamoto Musashi he was called), Ishihara Sensei, Oka Sensei and Matsunaga Sensei.

    I will never forget that Nakakura Sensei taught us the first five kata from Muso Shinden Ryu Omori, so this was also the beginning of my Iaido career!

    The Papendal Seminar was limited to several participants per country, and since I was just a beginner, I got permission at the last moment from the NKR to join it.

    The Sensei of the Papendal Seminar 1977

     

    Participants to the Papendal Seminar.

     

    From the photo album of my good friend Jacques van de Linden: the early days with Louis and Willem Alexamder in the Piet Mondriaanstraat, Amsterdam.

    Above: Louis and Willem Alexander
    Below: Jacques Bouma and Louis

     

    In the Summer of 1977, I was still a high school student, I saved up enough money to go on my first trip to Japan. Together with Ed and Roelof Roosterman we went to Japan for about a month.

    The first two weeks we joined the Kitamoto Gashuku, which was a special training camp for foreigners. The one of 1977 was only the second time it was organized, but it is still held every year.

    I spend half a day training Iaido, under Haga Sensei, and half a day Kendo under various sensei. After two weeks I passed both Kendo and Iaido Shodan.

    Probably, with the level that I had at that time, one would not even pass 1st Kyu nowadays, but the Japanese were so happy that a young European was practicing Kendo and Iaido, they let me pass my Shodan anyway.

    After the Kitamoto Seminar, Ed, Roelof and me went to spend a week at Edo Sensei’s house in Tokyo. Edo Sensei was assistant at the Physical Education Department of Tokyo University, and he was trainer of the Kendo Club there.

    At that time I had just turned 18, so Edo Sensei was just 38 years old and still competing for the All Japan Kendo Tournament. At the All Japan Kendo Tournament, Edo sensei was often with the best 4 or best 8 players, so you can imagine the level at which he was training in the days when we first met him.

    Being an unexperienced, young European Kendoka, I had no idea who Edo sensei was, and at what level he was doing Kendo. I will never forget my first 5 minutes Keiko with him. Here’s me, a cocky 18-year-old, just passed Shodan Kendo, against this very small Japanese Kendo player. How could I not hit him easily? We came up from Sonkyo, I gave a loud Kiai (at least I could do that properly!), and the next thing I know is that my hands are empty. Where is my Shinai? I looked around, and there it was, a few meters behind me.

    I went to pick it up, took my Kamae, gave a loud Kiai, and the next second, I stood without Shinai again. This situation repeated for a few times. I don’t remember even attempting a hit, I only remember me picking up my Shinai from the floor.

    We all three stayed at Edo Sensei’s small house in Tokyo, and we had our private training with him for about a week. My first encounter with Edo Sensei made such a big impression on me, that I decided to learn Kendo from him. More than 40 years later, I still think it was one of the best decisions I ever made in my entire life.

    Although most Japanese top Kendo players and high-ranking teachers start Kendo at a very early age (sometimes at kindergarten age!), the fact that I started at 16 years of age has been a great advantage in my Budo career. There were only very few Yudansha when I started, so owing to my young age and many years of training in Japan, I was the highest-ranking person in Kendo, Iaido and Jodo by the end of the 1980’s in The Netherlands.

     

     

    In April 2019, I visited Edo Sensei’s house, and he explained me in great detail how he started Kendo and with what kind of Kendo Giants he was practicing as a young man.

    In 1961, as a 4th Year Student at Chukyo University, he was already allowed to attend the First All Japan Kendo Teachers Study Group. On this photo, Edo is 4th from the left on the first row. We can see famous Sensei such as Nakano, Sato, Watanabe, Haga.

    The picture is signed on the right hand side with Nakano Yasuji, one of the very famous Sensei in the history of modern Kendo.

    Of course in 1977, at 18 years old, I had no idea what kind of a Kendo Giant I was dealing with, I would only realize this many, many years later!

    Hilversum 1977: Louis (Kendo Shodan) and Jaques van der Linden showing Kendokata

     

    Hilversum 1977: Louis  (Iaido Shodan) showing Seitei Iai

     

    In 1979 the Kendo World Championships were held in Sapporo. By this time I was 19 years old and just finished High School.

    Before the Taikai, I spend almost three months at Edo Sensei’s new work place, Kanazawa University.

    During this visit I could already speak some basic Japanese, which I had taught myself from books and cassette tapes. Edo Sensei taught me one of the most important lessons in my Budo career:

    “Katei Enman” means to have a harmonious, stable and peaceful private life. Without a stable situation in your private life outside the Dojo, it is impossible to achieve the best results from your training. If you have too much stress, you cannot focus on your training in a proper way, and it will be impossible to continue a lifelong career in Budo. 40 years later I still remember this lesson from Edo Sensei, and I fully believe that it is a true statement.

    Louis (left) Edo Sensei (right) Kanazawa 1979

     

     

    Besides being my Kendo teacher, Edo Sensei also taught me many things about Japanese Customs, Culture and how to behave as a proper human being. One visit that made a deep impression on me was to the Eiheiji Temple, the main center of Zen Buddhism in Japan.

    Louis and Edo Sensei family at Eiheiji Temple, 1979

     

    I trained together with the students, and I learned to do Kakarigeiko. After this I joined the Dutch Kendo Team for the Taikai. Because I was able to stand for more than 4 minutes in a Shiai with a Japanese 7th Dan, I was awarded the Fighting Spirit Price. I was still a Shodan during the Taikai.

    Dutch Team WKC 1979, Sapporo.

    19-year-old Louis, with beard on the far right, award ceremony.

     

    After training in Kanazawa, I also spend a week at one of Edo Sensei’s students, Watanabe Kaoru Sensei, who is now 8th Dan Kendo. Watanabe Sensei was Kendo Teacher at the Chubu University, and later also visited Amsterdam with his students.

     

    Watanabe Sensei and me in Chubu University

     

    In this period I also met Iijima Sensei for the first time. He was Physical Education Teacher at Shimodate nr. 1 High School, and trainer of the Kendo Club there. Edo Sensei had introduced me to Iijima Sensei telling him that I spoke very good Japanese. However, in those days my Japanese language skills were still very basic, so our conversations took forever, using a dictionary. We spent till 2 in the morning explaining basic Kendo stuff, such as Heijoshin, Zanshin, Shishin etc etc.

    Iijima Sensei had just turned 30 years old, and lived in a very small house (maybe 40 m2?) close to the school grounds. Because of my passion to learn Kendo and his passion to teach it, we developed a close relationship from the start.

    Iijima Sensei, Sumie and Sumie’s parents in 1979

     

    I will never forget the Kitamoto Seminar of 1979. Iijima Sensei was picking me up after the Seminar, so he joined the final Jigeiko. In this Seminar, the whole Korean Kendo Team was participating, and they soon found out what a fantastic Kendoka Iijima Sensei was. The whole team was lining up for Keiko with Iijima Sensei, and for one hour he fought all of them. I don’t think any of them was able to get an Ippon on him, and I clearly remember that he was all over them for one hour, without slowing down for even one second.

    Of course much later I found out that Iijima Sensei was a very high-level Kendo player, and even All Japan High School Teacher Champion! He was also a member of the Ibaraki Kendo Team on prefectural Tournaments, which he continued till well in his forties.

     

     

    A very young Iijima Sensei scores Ippon with Hanmen at the Kokutai Taikai 1974.

     

    Iijima (yes that’s him!) and Miyamoto Sensei celebrate the 1974 victory for Ibaraki.

     

    Young and Handsome Iijima Sensei

     

    During this period I did not have a formal Iaido teacher. I was taught during the Kitamoto Seminars, and on some of the rare Iaido trainings that were held in Europe with Japanese delegations. In 1979 I did my Kendo and Iaido 2nd Dan exam in Kitamoto. As far as I know, Iaido Dan grades were still a very rare thing in Europe at that time.

    Two Sensei that helped me a lot during this time were Tanaya Sensei and Yamashibu Sensei, who visited Europe and taught us Iaido.

    Tanaya Sensei, 8th Dan Hanshi, teaching at ZNKR Iai Seminar in 1987

    Yamashibu Sensei, second from the left on one of his trips to Europe

     

    Louis Iaido 1979

  • The Sempai of European Kendo, Iaido and Jodo

    Based on the famous EKF Green Book (version 1998), I made a list of the Sempai in Europe, who were the first to take Shodan in Kendo and Iaido and in some cases Jodo. I did not list the persons who only took a Kendo grade, but of course there are some in the UK, France and Germany who have obtained their Kendo Shodan before me. As you can see from this list, I am one of the early Shodan in Kendo and Iaido, only a small number of people took their grades before me.

    Still, Jock Hopson and I are the only ones who achieved 7 dan Kyoshi grades in all three disciplines.

     

  • Lineage

    Before going into the chronological development of my Budo career, I want to explain where my Kendo, Iaido and Jodo lineage comes from.

    I started kendo in Amsterdam on March 20, 1976, under Willem Alexander. He learned Kendo from a Japanese Judo teacher, Morioka sensei, who was teaching Judo in the Netherlands at that time and taught some kendo to a limited number of people.

    In 1977 I went to Japan with Ed and Roelof Roosterman, to join the Kitamoto Kendo Gashuku for foreigners, and to receive teaching from Edo Kokichi Sensei. Just before I started Kendo, Edo Sensei had been teaching Kendo in Amsterdam for 6 months, and Ed and Roelof had been joining his classes.

    In 1979 Edo Sensei introduced me to one of his senior Deshi, Iijima Akira Sensei. Almost 40 years later Iijima Sensei and I are still very close, and he still helps me with my study in Kendo.

    In 1983, my long time Kendo friend and Sempai, Jock Hopson asked me to join a seminar in the UK that he organized with Ishido Sensei. Because I already learned the Jodo Seitei Kata from Edo Sensei in 1981, and because I could help with translating, he invited me to attend this seminar and help. Since then I have developed a close relation with Ishido Sensei as well and I was appointed as one of the European first generation Deshi, together with Jock Hopson, Vic Cook and Lee Ah Loi.

    Kendo Lineage

     

    Iaido Lineage

     

    Jodo Lineage

  • About Deshi and Oshiego 弟子と教え子

    In traditional Budo, a teacher had a limited number of close students, to whom he would teach all the knowledge he had accumulated over the years. These would be called Deshi.

     At the same time, he could have many people who he had been teaching, either during Seminars, or during teaching in another Dojo as a guest teacher. These students would be called Oshiego.

    In the case of my teachers, Edo Kokichi and Iijima Akira for Kendo and Ishido Shizufumi for Iaido and Jodo, they have made it clear that I am their Deshi, and that we have a very close relationship. This relationship is several decades long. In the case of Edo Sensei, it is even more than 40 years!

    In the same spirit I have been considering appointing my own Deshi. I have decided to divide them in two generations: the people that I have been teaching since the 1980’s or early 1990’s, and the people that I have been teaching since I returned from Japan in 2002. In my case, my Deshi are all 5th Dan or higher, and have proven to be loyal students for a long period of time.

    In the meantime, my first generation Deshi are Sensei in their own Dojo, and they have their own students. These students are all training in the same “family” and it is important that we educate the next generations, in accordance with what we have learned from Edo Sensei, Iijima Sensei and Ishido Sensei. The list of my Deshi is now final, and I will not appoint any new Deshi in the future, for the simple reason that I will be too old when they reach their 5th Dan.

    In the case of Kendo, my Deshi are simply following me in the teachings of Edo Sensei and Iijima Sensei, but of course they are free to get teachings from any other Kendo Sensei. This is the freedom that we have in modern Kendo.

    However, in the case of Iaido and Jodo, we also have Koryu Lineage to consider.

    For Iaido it is Muso Shinden Ryu, in the way that Ishido Sensei has been teaching us for many years. For Jodo it is the Tokyo Style of Shindo Muso Ryu, in the way Ishido Sensei has been taught by Hiroi Sensei. Although Hiroi Sensei did not teach a lot of Koryu during the seminars in Europe, Jolanda and I did learn Koryu directly from Hiroi Sensei for a short time during one of our stays in Tokyo.

    For the Deshi who train in Iaido and Jodo, it is very important to realize that it means they are part of the Ishido Group for Koryu as well, and they should keep faithful to this way of training as much as possible.

  • About Onshi 恩師

    Onshi is the teacher with whom you have a special relationship. On means gratitude, Shi is teacher, therefore a teacher to whom you own a lot of gratitude because of their special teachings to you.

    My three Onshi are (in order when I met them):

    Edo Kokichi Sensei

    Originally from Aichi prefecture, he joined the Chukyo University. In all the four years he was a student there, he managed to get to the finals of the all Japan University Student Championships. This record is still unbeaten! Two times he won and two times he came second. After graduation, he became assistant at Chukyo University, under Mitsuhashi Sensei, a famous Hanshi of that time.

    He participated in the All Japan Championships for nine (!) times, and for a non-policeman that is an unbelievable achievement. One time he made it to the finals, and three times he came in third place.

    Besides that, he has done many other tournaments, and he was one of the great Shiai Kendoka at the time.

    I met Edo Sensei for the first time in 1977. I was 17 and Sensei was 37. He has been my Kendo Sensei ever since. He was also my first Jodo teacher in 1981.

    Sensei is now 80 years old and still heavily involved in the teaching of his brand of Kendo.

     

    Iijima Akira Sensei

    Iijima Sensei was a student of Edo Sensei at the Chukyo University.

    In 1979 I spend three months in Japan. By this time, I could speak only a few Japanese words, but Edo Sensei told Iijima Sensei to take care of this Orandajin who spoke fluent Japanese!

    40 years later, Iijima Sensei is still my Kendo teacher and helps me with my deeper study in Kendo. I still visit him, every year to train together and he still comes to our home at least once a year.

    Iijima Sensei is a very famous Kendoka in Ibaraki prefecture, which has a very large Kendo population still. For many years, until well in his fifties, he was member of the Ibrakai Kendo team on various prefectural Taikai and he was a highly respected Shiai Kendoka all over Japan. In his young years he was All Japan High School Teacher Champion. Besides being my Kendo teacher, we also developed a very close personal bond, and we consider each other as family as well. 

     

    Ishido Shizufumi Sensei

    Already in the 1970’s and early 1980’s we invited Jock Hopson and Mike Davis from the BKA to come to Amsterdam to train Kendo with us. In those days they were the only Europeans who had lived and trained Kendo in Japan, so they had much more knowledge than us beginners in Amsterdam.

    Because I had been in Japan as well and spoke Japanese, Jock and I had something in common, and Jock and Mike stayed in Jolanda’s parents’ home for a week in 1980 in Amsterdam.

    In 1979 I was in Japan to do mainly Kendo, and some Iaido during the Kitamoto Gaijin Seminar, where I passed my 2nd Dan Kendo and Iaido. At the same time Jock was in Japan as well, and he was even elected as referee at the WKC in Sapporo!

    During this time, Jock met with Ishido Sensei and they became good friends. Jock Hopson, Len Bean, Vic Cook, Lee Loi and Chris Mansfield were the first students of Ishido Sensei in the UK.

    In 1983 Jock organized a bigger Iaido and Jodo Seminar in the UK, to which Hiroi Sensei was also invited. Because I already learned all the Jodo Seitei Kata in 1981, Jock considered me a “Jodo Specialist” and asked if I wanted to join this Seminar to assist Hiroi Sensei as a translator.

    I was already teaching Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in Amsterdam, so I happily accepted Jock’s invitation.

    So, this was the first time I met Ishido Sensei and we developed a warm relation from the start.

    Ishido Sensei was training Kendo and Iaido under his father from a very young age and worked for a company after graduating from University. In 1975 he stopped his career and started to as “ Fukukancho” (sub Head of the Dojo) under his father in the Shinbukan Dojo in Kawasaki. At present he is the Kancho (Head of the Dojo) of this Dojo, where Kendo, Iaido and Jodo are practiced.

    Ishido Sensei has been All Japan Iaido Champion in the 7th Dan Division, and also won many other big Iaido Tournaments. At this moment he is one of the most senior and influential Iaido teachers in Japan, and he has also published an important book on Muso Shinden Ryu.

    Because I did not have a fixed Iaido teacher at that time, and because I realized that Ishido Sensei’s Iaido was of the highest level, I consulted with Jock and asked him if he was ok to invite Ishido Sensei to the European Continent as well. Fortunately for me, Jock had no problem with this and from the next year we asked Ishido Sensei to teach both in the UK and in The Netherlands.

    Ishido Sensei appreciated the friendship of Jock and me, and my energy to make Ishido Sensei our teacher in continental Europe, so I was also added to the list of “Monjin”, or Deshi of Ishido Sensei.

    Now more than 35 years later, thanks to Ishido Sensei I have been able to build up a big group of Iaido and Jodo students all over Europe, who all belong to the Ishido Family!

  • Gei Ni Asobu芸に遊ぶ: my motto in Budo Practice

     

    Because of my close relationship with Iijima Sensei, who lives in Ibaraki Prefecture, I build up a good connection with Miyamoto Sensei, Kendo 8th Dan Hanshi, who was president of the Ibaraki Kendo Renmei and a close friend of Iijima Sensei.

    One day, Iijima Sensei arrived at Schiphol Airport, carrying a huge frame under his arm, wrapped in paper. “What is that, Sensei?” I asked. “This is a present for you from Miyamoto Sensei, it’s a copy of the famous Gei Ni Asobu frame in Mito”.

    This frame still hangs in the Kodokan building in Mito, Ibaraki.

    The Kodokan was a famous Samurai School, where Samurai were taught all the Arts and Sciences which were deemed good education in the later Edo period. Besides the Martial Arts, it also included Classical Texts, Calligraphy etc.

     

    Gei: Art.

    Ni Asobu: to enjoy, to live by

    Gei stands for all the arts that Samurai were schooled in, but for us it stands for Budo. In order to continue study of Budo for a long time, you must keep enjoying it. Because it is no longer a killing art, and it is meant to enrich your mental and physical health, you will stop training Budo if you lose the enjoyment of training. Already at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868), the Samurai of Mito discovered that basic principle, and this resulted in this wonderful concept.

    Since I received this present from Miyamoto Sensei, I decided to make it my motto in Budo.

     

    The Gei Ni Asobu Kanji in Frame present from Miyamoto Sensei, former president of Ibaraki Kendo Renmei.

    Under the original Gei Ni Asobu, Mito Kodokan, April 2019

  • Introduction

    I was born on 9th August 1959 in Amsterdam.

    As you can see in this picture, my childhood period was very different from present times. Here’s me at the age of 3, with my mother and younger sister Esther. Few cars on the road, no TV in every home, we didn’t even get telephone in our house till I was 9 years old.

    Where is young Louis? (about 8 years old)

    Where is young Louis? (about 8 years old)

     

    When I started Judo and Jujitsu in Amsterdam in 1972, as a 13-year-old boy, I had no idea I would end up being a Kendo/Iaido/Jodo teacher many decades later.

    I developed a deep interest in Japanese Martial Arts as a young boy and bought the books which were available in the early 1970’s to learn about them as much as possible. Especially the books by Don Draeger Sensei were very well made and described most of the Japanese Martial Arts in detail. I remember I used to read them repeatedly and was always fascinated with learning about these exotic Arts.

    After a few years of twice a week practice, I achieved 1st Kyu in Judo and Jujitsu, and I was ready to start serious training for my Shodan. However, by the time I was 16, I found I was unable to beat the much bigger and stronger guys in the Dojo, and I started to develop an interest in Martial Arts with weapons.

    At one point, I had a Nunchaku, a long Bo, a Sai, a Tonfa, and a Shinai in my room. I practiced by myself and had many painful encounters with the Nunchaku!

    Finally, I found a Kendo Club in Amsterdam, where Willem Alexander was teaching Kendo. I joined in 1976, and I have been practicing Kendo ever since.

    My biggest fortune has been that I have met three wonderful Sensei: In 1977 I met Edo Kokichi, my first Kendo teacher, in 1979 I met Iijima Akira, student of Edo sensei and a great influence on my Kendo career, and in 1983 I met Isihido Shizufumi, who generously accepted me as one of his European Deshi (close student), and who has been my Iaido and Jodo Sensei ever since.

    Now I’m 60, achieved 7th Dan Kyoshi in Kendo, Iaido and Jodo before I was 50 years old, and retired from a 30-year career in Nippon Express, a big Japanese Logistics Multinational Company.

    There is only one other person outside Japan who achieved 7 dan Kyoshi in all three ZNKR disciplines, it’s my long time Budo friend and Sempai, Jock Hopson.

    It’s about time to fulfill the wish of Edo Sensei: write down my Budo memoires so that my own students get to know my Budo history in full.

    Of course, my Budo history would have been impossible to achieve without the strong support of my wife, Jolanda Dekker. Not only was she far better than me in Kendo, in which she achieved 6th Dan, she also was very strong in Jodo (5th Dan), and even achieved 4th Dan Iaido in the days that Iaido Dan Grades were still a very rare thing in Europe! Unfortunately, she was forced to stop practice after her severe stroke in 2010, but she still joins me on many Taikai and Seminars and enjoys the company of the Sensei and Students a lot.

    Because I have students in several countries, I have decided to write this document in English, which is not my native language. I will also add several articles which I wrote in the NKR Zanshin Magazine in the past, these are all in Dutch.

    A big thanks to my long time Budo friend and Sempai, Jock Hopson, who provided many of the pictures of “the old days”!

  • Preface Ishido Shizufumi Sensei

         序

     近年、日本において受け継がれている「武道」は、他の国にも普及し

    大きな広がりをみせています。剣道は勿論のこと、居合道、杖道に対する

    関心を持つ方々が増えるのは、大変喜ばしいことです。

     1983年イギリスにて、私とルイ氏は出会い、そして彼は私の直門と

    なりました。現在、オランダにおける直門は、彼一人です。

     彼は四十年もの永きに渡り、武道に深い興味を持ち、来日し各地を訪ね、

    本格的な修業を行い、オランダ剣道連盟の発展に大きく寄与致しました。

    その間の数々の苦難、偉業は一言では言い表せません。

    彼は、現在のヨーロッパにおける剣道、居合道、杖道の地位繁栄の構築に

    直向きな努力を重ねましたし、EKF居合道・杖道大会の開催については、

    彼の尽力によるものと言っても過言ではありません。

    その彼の歴史を回顧録として発刊されることは、大変意義の有る事で

    あり、将来この道に携わる方々は是非、そして、初心者は勿論のこと、

    高段者の方には参考となると信ずるものであります。

     

      令和元年

    石堂倭文

     

    In recent years, the Japanese Budo, which has been transmitted in Japan, has been spreading to other countries as well and has seen a great expansion.

    It is very fortunate that there are more and more persons who show an interest in Kendo, naturally, but also in Iaido and Jodo.

    I met Louis in 1983, in the UK, and he became my “Jikimon”, or direct student. In The Netherlands he is my only direct student.

    For a long period of time, more than 40 years, he has kept a deep interest in Budo, visited many areas in Japan and trained very seriously. He has made a great contribution to the expansion of the Nederlandse Kendo Renmei.

    During this time, he has faced many difficulties and this feat cannot easily be summed up in one word.

    He made direct efforts in setting up thriving regions for Kendo Iaido and Jodo and it is no exaggeration to say that the starting up of the EKF Iaido and Jodo Championships is a result of his efforts.

    The publishing of his memoires is a truly  important event and I am convinced that it will be reference material for those who want to get involved in Budo in the future, for those who are beginners and for those who are high Dan grade holders in Budo.

     

    First year of Reiwa (2019)

     

    Ishido Shizufumi

  • Preface Iijima Akira Sensei

    I met Louis for the first time 40 years ago. My Kendo teacher, Edo Kokichi Sensei, asked me to take care of teaching Kendo to a young person from the Netherlands, who was able to speak Japanese. So, I went to meet Louis, who was participating in the Foreigners Kendo Seminar in Kitamoto, which was held after the World Championships, and took him to Shimodate, where we were living.

    I assumed he could speak Japanese, but he could only speak a few words, so we ended up spending a lot of time with a dictionary, to talk about Kendo. This is something I still remember very well up to today.

    He came to our house to train Kendo and I’m not sure if he was satisfied with the trainings, but we did spend an enjoyable time together.

    Louis is now turning 60 years old and he is now looking back, writing his own history. We can learn why he started Budo and how it evolved until recent times.

    He practices 3 Arts: Kendo, Iaido and Jodo, and met many teachers and what he has learned he will teach and hand over to successive generations.

  • Preface Edo Kokichi Sensei

    Louis Vitalis自叙伝       

    42年前、日本の伝統的身体文化としての剣道・杖道・居合を学ぶため、オランダアムステルダムから古都金沢に弱冠18歳ルイ ビタリス君がやってきました。

    現在、剣道世界一を決める世界剣道選手権大会決勝戦の副審判員として重責ある決定を任された、剣道教士七段・杖道教士七段・居合道教士七段を有する欧州きっての武道家に成長ました。この偉業は一人彼のみでなく共に日本武道の身心技法を磨いた私としも心から賛辞を表したく存じます。

    その上で、この度60歳に向かって、更に日本武道継承を深め極めんと、波乱万丈(劇的に変化に富んだ)の武道修養過程を振り返る自叙伝を表しました。

    日本武道を愛する世界の武道愛好家の皆様におかれましては、是非ともルイ武道家自叙伝を参考に、日本武道の愛好者・継承者となって頂きたいものと祈念いたしております。

    金沢大学名誉教授・NPO法人日本武道修学院代表理事 惠土孝吉

    以上

     

    42 years ago, at only 18-year-old, Louis Vitalis came all the way from Amsterdam to the old city of Kanazawa to learn Kendo, Iaido and Jodo, which are part of the traditional Japanese physical culture.

    Recently he was active as referee at the finals of the World Kendo Championships, where the best team of the world is decided, which is a great responsibility. He has grown to the most able Budoka in Europe, with Kyoshi 7th Dan in Kendo, Iaido and Jodo.

    For me, as someone who has practiced Japanese Budo together with him, as a way of improving body, mind and technique, this feat is something to make a big compliment on.

    Now he is approaching 60 years of age, and he is looking back on the process of his Budo training, with all the ups and downs and very rich in drastic changes, in  his memoires, with the intention to further deepen the inheritance of Japanese Budo.

    For everyone all over the world, who has an interest in Japanese Budo I am hoping that the memoires of the Budoka Louis will be helpful into becoming Japanese Budo enthusiasts and successors.

     

    Edo Kokichi

    Kanazawa University Honorary Professor; NPO Nihon Budo Shugakuin Director 

  • Preface Hein Odinot Sensei

    From almost   the foundation of the  kendo  Renmei in the  Netherlands,  it is certain that Louis Vitalis was involved  with kendo  training. Iaido and Jodo came some years later in the focus of interest in our country.

    Louis was  promoted Shodan Kendo and Iaido on the 13th august 1977 and Shodan Jodo on the 12th august 1984.

    After many years of hard and intense training  Louis  reached the 7th dan level  in all three disciplines!

    He was the only European,  together  with a member of the British Kendo Association,  with three 7th dan grades.

    Now he  has been  involved in  a  long period of teaching, not only in the Netherlands, but also in  many countries in Europe.

    He can also look back at  excellent career as an important and skilled International referee.

     

     May I conclude with the  remark that Louis Vitalis can be mentioned  an icon of Budo and that this conclusion  justifies my opinion that we can be very proud of him and that he is an outstanding  member of our federation!!

     

    Hein Odinot,

    honorary President NKR.

  • Preface Koos van Hattum Sensei

    Louis Vitalis is a remarkable personality and I’ve known him for a very long time. At first somewhat from a distance. He trained in Amsterdam at Shin Bu Ken (later Museido) and I at Fumetsu in Rotterdam. Louis is a few years younger than me, and he started a few years earlier with kendo.
    Gradually, we came across each other with increasing frequency. Initially during the central training, then at matches and later also as national team members and much later as fellow referees during European Championships.
    Over this long period I have learned a lot from Louis. Apart from kendo technical guidance, Louis contributed a lot to my development as an international referee and as a kendo teacher. He has advised me and coached me during the preparations for my dan examinations.
    Louis contributed not only to my kendo development. His greatest merit is his commitment over the past few decades to the entire Dutch Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. His inexhaustible knowledge and technical skills, coupled with didactic insight, have inspired and raised the levels of many practitioners in The Netherlands. For the Dutch Kendo Renmei, Louis is an important link between the Netherlands and Japan. He has brought us into contact with Edo sensei, Iijima sensei and Ishido sensei. Many other renowned teachers came in their slipstream and that stream is still going on. Every time there are new top instructors present at seminars. Equally important, NKR members can travel to Japan to train with these teachers. In this way, we are assured that the levels of Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in The Netherlands remain as high as they can be and that we in turn can make a contribution to the developments in Europe.
    I am pleased and grateful that Louis has found the time to write his memoirs and that it is now possible for everyone to read them.

    Koos van Hattum
    (President NKR)

  • Resultaten NK kendo teams en kyu

    kyu

    1 – Symke Haverkamp
    2 – Quint Kwakernaak
    3 – Nazim Gunes
    3 – Jerry Zandstra
    FS- Yujie Zhan

    Teams

    1 – Renshinjuku
    2 – Fumetsu
    3 – Kendo Kai Den Haag
    3 – Museido
    FS- Niels Beukers

  • Programma NK Kendo Teams & Kyu Individueel

    Het programma van NK Kendo Teams en Kyu Individueel

    10:30 shinai check
    11:00 openingsceremonie
    11:10 NK kyu individueel
    12:30* lunch
    13:00* NK teams
    15:15* prijsuitreiking

    *kan afwijken

    Lees verder

  • Kendo CT + Examens uitslagen 2 juni 2019

    Zondag 2 juni 2019 was voor zowel een kendo examen als een central training een record gevestigd qua aantal deelnemers
    47 examendeelnemers, en 112 deelnemers aan het CT (met 31 graden hitte).

    Lees verder

  • Wegwerkzaamheden Sporthallen Zuid

    Aan iedereen die zondag naar het CT/examen kendo komt:

    let op, wegens wegwerkzaamheden kan de reis naar sporthallen zuid langer duren.

    vertrek aub op tijd richting Amsterdam

    https://www.nkr.nl/nkr350/wsp/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Flyer-weekendhinder-Zuidasdok.pdf

  • European Kendo Championship 2019

    Het afgelopen weekend was de 29ste editie van het EKC (European Kendo Championship) in Servië.

    Vrijdag stond het dames-team kampioenschap op het programma: Onze Oranje dames eindigden als Europees Kampioen! 
    Het allereerste goud voor een Nederlands team!
    Gefeliciteerd!

    Zaterdag mocht het herenteam aan de slag.
    In de kwartfinale gingen de heren na daihyousen (verlenging) eruit tegen finalist Servië. De mannen hebben goed en mooi kendo laten zien.

    Zondag stonden de individuele wedstrijden op het programma.
    Dames eerst.
    Alle deelnemende dames; Sayo van der Woude, Pakwan Ratchatasavee, Mariëlla van der Schans, en Fleur Smout eindigden als eerste in hun poule en mochten in de knock-out fase verder.
    Sayo en Mariëlla strandden in de eerste ronde.
    Pakwan schopte het tot de kwartfinale, waar zij goed partij bood maar haar tegenstander moest feliciteren met winst.
    Fleur Smout kwam tot de halve finale, en heeft hierdoor een tweede medaille in de wacht gesleept: Brons.

    Bij de heren eindigde Jouke van der Woude als eerste in zijn poule, maar kwam helaas niet voorbij de 2e ronde na goed te hebben gestreden.

    Al met al was dit een succesvolle EKC voor Nederland!

  • Resultaten Edo Cup en Odinot Cup 2019

    Individueel onder 14

    1 – Ryan Ruiter (Mokuseikan)
    2 – Kai Yoshimatsu (Renshinjuku)
    3 – FabrizioKniese(Mokuseikan)
    3 – Yuta Koshidaka (Renshinjuku)
    FS Yuta Koshidaka (Renshinjuku)

    Individueel onder 18

    1 – Bo-D Coffa (Mokuseikan)
    2 – Yujie Zhan (Renbukan)
    3 – Nagisa Nakagawa (Renshinjuku)
    3 – Levi van Krimpen (Renbukan)
    FS Noia Pasma (Washinkan)

    Odinot Cup (50+)

    1 – Koos van Hattum (FuMetsu)
    2 – Frank Grüne (FuMetsu)
    3 – Hugo Trouw (FuMetsu)
    3 – Rudy Daniels (Washinkan)
    FS Naoki Onozato (Renshinjuku)

    Edo Cup (3 vs 3)

    1 – Renshinjuku A
    Sayo van der Woude (Renshinjuku)
    Jouke van der Woude (Renshinjuku)
    Makoto van der Woude (Renshinjuku)

    2 – FuMetsu 1
    Joeri van der Burgh (Fumetsu)
    Mariella van der Schans (Fumetsu)
    Dai Linh Nguyen (Fumetsu)

    3 – Higashi2Museido
    Fleur Smout (Museido)
    Pepijn Boomgaard (Museido)
    Olga Morozova (Museido)

    3 – Renbukan 1
    Bram Verhaegh (Renbukan)
    Levi van Krimpen (Ren Bu Kan)
    Yujie Zhan (Renbukan)

    FS Soesanto Bosari (FuMetsu)

    Edo Do: Levi van Krimpen (Renbukan)

  • Edo Cup en Odinot Cup – Programma en poule-indeling

    PROGRAMMA

    10:30 Shinai Check
    11:00 Openingsceremonie
    11:10 Onder 14 op Shiai-Jo A, en Onder 18 op Shiai-Jo B
    * 12:00 Prijsuitreiking Jeugdtoernooien
    * 12:10 Odinot Cup (Individueel 50+)
    * 13:00 Lunch
    * 13:30 Edo Cup (3 vs 3)
    * 17:10 Prijsuitreiking
    * Tijden zijn indicatief

    POULE INDELINGEN

    Lees verder

  • Edo Cup en Odinot Cup

    Aanstaande zondag is de Edo Cup en de Odinot Cup in Vlaardingen

    vergeet je niet in te schrijven; registratie sluit donderdag 12:00

  • Resultaten NK Jodo Iaido

    Traditiegetrouw zijn de Nederlands Kampioenschappen iaido en jodo in april gehouden, te weten op de 14e. Dit jaar was dit weer in de mooie Eindhovense sporthal Meerrijk. Ondanks wat kinkjes in de organisatorische kabels is het een prachtige dag geworden, met veel mooie wedstrijden. In totaal streden 15 jodoka en 45 iaidoka om de eremetalen. De resultaten vind je hieronder:

    Jodo
    Mudan/shodan (6 deelnemers verdeeld over 2 poules)
    1 – Lorena Zuniga, Kendo Kai Den Haag
    2 – Merijn van Ham, Kodokan
    3 – Cees van der Zee, Kiryoku
    Nidan/sandan (5 deelnemers in 1 poule)
    1 – Piotr Kukla, Kendo Kai Den Haag
    2 – Maarten Peereboom, Kiryoku
    3 – Sander Pereboom, Kiryoku
    Yondan/godan (4 deelnemers in 1 poule)
    1 – Elise Heijboer, Kodokan
    2 – Veronica Rijke, Kendo Kai Den Haag
    3 – Steven Burgman, Kendo Kai Den Haag

    Fighting spirit: Jeroen Kanters, Kodokan

    Iaido
    Mudan (6 deelnemers verdeeld over 2 poules)
    1 – Jores van Wensen, Kodokan
    2 – Ratna Karis, Yushinkan
    3 – Ron Snellens, Yushinkan
    3 – Robin Lous, Kendo Kai Den Haag
    Shodan (6 deelnemers verdeeld over 2 poules)
    1 – Noël Fonhof, Kendo Kai Den Haag
    2 – Merijn van Ham, Kodokan
    3 – Els Verlinde, Marobashikai
    3 – Patrick Fonhof, Kendo Kai Den Haag
    Nidan (10 deelnemers verdeeld over 3 poules)
    1 – Stefan van Gool, Holland Jikiden Kan
    2 – Bayu van Houten, Yushinkan
    3 – Wouter Vrouwenvelder, Marobashikai
    3 – Niels Beukers, Holland Jikiden Kan
    Sandan (7 deelnemers verdeeld over 2 poules)
    1 – Bob Jagernath, Kodokan
    2 – Dennis Pieloor, Ren Bu Kan
    3 – Taciser Sevinc, Yushinkan
    3 – Jeroen Kanters, Marobashikai
    Yondan (9 deelnemers verdeeld over 3 poules)
    1 – Stan Engelen, Yushinkan
    2 – Sander Filon, Yushinkan
    3 – Baukje Weber, Kodokan
    3 – Damion van der Zee, Yushinkan
    Godan (7 deelnemers verdeeld over 2 poules)
    1 – Piotr Kukla, Yushinkan
    2 – Elaine van Ommen Kloeke, Yushinkan
    3 – Elise Heijboer, Kodokan
    3 – David Smits, Yushinkan

    Fighting spirit: Enneke Burgemeester, Marobashikai

    Uw iai/jo-wedstrijdleider, Piotr

  • Resultaat Mudan toernooi Jodo iaido 2019

    Sanbon-shobu.
    1e :  Jores van Wensen             Kodokan , Rotterdam
    2e :  Enneke Burgemeester       Marobashikai , Den Bosch
    3e :  Robin Lous                         Kendo Kai Den Haag
    3e : Gregory Agniel                    Kodokan , Rotterdam

    Ippon-shobu  Mae
    1e :  Jores van Wensen             Kodokan , Rotterdam
    2e :  Enneke Burgemeester       Marobashikai , Den Bosch
    3e :  Gregory Agniel                   Kodokan , Rotterdam

    Ippon-shobu  Tsuka-ate
    1e :  Jores van Wensen              Kodokan , Rotterdam
    2e :  Indira Blanken-Parisius       Yushinkan ,Utrecht

    Ippon-shobu  Kesagiri
    1e :  Jores van Wensen               Kodokan , Rotterdam
    2e : Robin Lous                            Kendo Kai Den Haag

    Ippon-shobu  Morote tsuki
    1e :  Gregory Agniel                    Kodokan , Rotterdam
    2e :  Enneke Burgemeester        Marobashikai , Den Bosch
    3e :  Jores van Wensen               Kodokan , Rotterdam

    Kantosho ( F.S. ) :  Ruben Huijser  Tomo No Kai , Naaldwijk

  • Resultaten Iijima Cup 2019

    Individueel Kyu
    1 – Quint Kwakernaak (Kendo Kai Den Haag)
    2 – Erik Koller (Swiss Team)
    3 – Symke Haverkamp (Yushinkan)
    3 – Jerry Zandstra (Suirankan)
    FS- Arjan Lit (Fumetsu)

    Individueel Dames
    1 – Dance Yokoo (Kendo München e.V., Duitsland)
    2 – Pauline Stolarz (Akamon St Etienne, Frankrijk)
    3 – Mariko Sato (Renshinjuku)
    3 – Sara van Laecken (Kenseikan, België)
    FS- Fleur Smout (Museido)

    Individueel Heren
    1 – Makoto van der Woude (Renshinjuku)
    2 – Aljosa Vuksanovic (Mälmo, Sweden)
    3 – Toru Izumi (Tora Dojo London)
    3 – Matteo Francardo (London Kenyukai)
    FS- Luca Cerfeda (Shubukan Torino, Italy)

    Teams
    1 – Not as good as Fumetsu (Nederland)
    2 – BELGIUM Black (België)
    3 – Les Papillons (Frankrijk, Duitsland, Polen)
    3 – Les Coqs (Frankrijk)
    FS- Simeone Niba (Team: Sodai Gaijins, dojo: Jofukan, Italië)

    Speciale prijzen:
    Beste dame van het toernooi: Pauline Stolarz (Akamon St Etienne, Frankrijk)
    MVP Teams: Jouke van der Woude (Renshinjuku)

  • Programma Iijima Cup

    Zaterdag 16 Maart 2019

    09:00 Registratie & shinai-check
    10:00 Openingsceremonie
    10:15 Start Individueel Dames op A + B en Individueel Kyu op C + D
    Lunch
    Na Lunch Start Individueel Heren op A, B, C, and D

    Dinner 19:00 in de Sportcafe in Sporthallen Zuid

    Zondag 17 Maart 2019
    09:00 Registratie & shinai-check
    10:00 Openingsceremonie
    10:15 Start Teams op A, B, C, en D
    Bekijk hier de Team Poules

  • Resultaat bij 3W Turnier in Mainz (Duitsland)

    Pakwan Ratchatasavee (FuMetsu) en Mariëlla van der Schans (Shinbukan) zijn in de prijzen gevallen tijdens dames individueel. Ze stonden tegenover elkaar in de finale en Pakwan heeft de winst gepakt met een men ippon.

    Dai Linh Nguyen (FuMetsu) is 3e geworden bij heren individueel.

    En ook in teamverband zijn Nederlandse teams in de prijzen gevallen.
    3e prijs gaat naar FuMetsu Lives Matter: Man Yee Mok, Yin Lauw, Zeno Grootenboer, Lai Mei Tang, en Gheorghe Zugravu (Kendo Kai Den Haag).

    Tweede in het teamtoernooi is ook een Nederlands team, Joukendo: Jouke van der Woude (Renshinjuku), Gideon Hamburger (Renshinjuku), Mariko Sato (Renshinjuku), Olga Morozova (Mudeido), Roelof Schra (Kendo Kai Den Haag)

    Winnaar van het teamtoernooi: FuMetSupremacy: Drazen Lisica, Dai Linh Nguyen, Jay Jay Mast, Kasimir van Rijn, en Winston Dollee (allen FuMetsu)

  • NK Kendo – Programma

    Morgen is het NK Kendo kom op tijd en laat je beste kendo zien!

    Poule indeling:
    Onder 14 (shiaijo A)
    Onder 18 (shiaijo B)
    Dames
    Gemengd

    Programma (onder voorbehoud)
    10:30 shinai check/warming up
    11:00 openingsceremonie
    11:10 start NK onder 14 op A & NK onder 18 op B
    11:55 prijsuitreiking onder 14 & onder 18
    12:00 lunch
    12:30 NK dames
    13:45 NK gemengd

  • NK Kendo 2018

    Zondag 25 november is het NK Kendo individueel in 4 categoriën:
    – Jeugd onder 14
    – Jeugd onder 18
    – Dames
    – Gemengd

    In het begin van de openstelling van de registratie waren er technische problemen en kan het zijn dat jouw registratie niet is binnengekomen.
    Mocht je niet een automatische email hebben ontvangen, dan is de inschrijving niet bij ons binnen gekomen.
    Dit was een tijd geleden opgelost, maar controleer aub of je een automatische email hebt ontvangen… mocht dit niet het geval zijn, of twijfel je of het goed is binnen gekomen: schrijf je aub opnieuw in.

    Je kan je aanmelden tot donderdag 22 november 12:00
    Registratielink

  • Prachtig resultaat NL Iaido team EK2018

    Op de EK Iaido in Polen behaalde, in yondan-klasse Stan van Engelen de 2e plaats, Het NL iaido-team
    behaalde een 3e plaats. Gefeliciteerd met dit prachtige resultaat. (foto’s van facebook)

  • Goede resultaten EK Jodo 2018

    Op 30 sept is de EK Jodo 2018 afgewerkt met goede resultaten van de Nederlandse ploeg.
    De 1e partij was tegen Hongarije waar Maarten en Steven beide verloren met 1-2 en Elise won met 3-0,
    en kwamen dus als 2e uit de pool, daarna 1e knock-out tegen United Kingdom daar wist alleen Elise de
    partij te winnen met 3-0 in de knock-out en moesten de beide anderen de partij aan UK laten. Daardoor was het met 1-2 voor Nederland einde.

    In de Mudan klasse kwamen Lorena Zuniga en Roel Croes als 2e uit de pool en verloren de 1e knock-out,
    In de Shodan klasse Kees Bartels 2e en Sander Pereboom 3e plaats,
    In de Nidan klasse kwamen Maarten Peereboom en Jeroen Kanters als 2e uit de pool en verloren de 1e knock-out,
    In de Sandan klasse behaalde Piotr Kukla de 2e plaats,
    In de Yondan klasse kwam Steven Burgman uit de pool en verloor met 1-2 de 1e knock-out, Elise Heijboer kwam met een 1-2 en een 0-3 helaas niet uit de pool, maar ontving voor haar enorme inzet de Fightning Price,
    In de Godan klasse kwam helaas W Neuteboom niet uit de pool.
    Verder deden er een aantal examen en slaagde Roel Croes voor 1e dan, Kees Bartels voor 2e dan, Maarten Peereboom voor 3e dan en
    Loek Lexmond voor zijn 6e dan.

    Er zijn vele beelden beschikbaar op Flikr, gemaakt door de fotograaf Jan Pereboom.
    Dit zijn de URL’s voor foto’s http://www.flickr.com/photos/34483693@N03/albums/72157674417051908/
    voor direct de diashow www.flickr.com/photos/34483693@N03/albums/72157674417051908/show
    Binnenkort volgt er nog meer beeldmateriaal
    Wilt u niet hebben dat er een beeld van u online komt stuur dan een berichtje naar de WEBMASTER deze zal het verzoek doorsturen aan de eigenaar van de foto’s.

  • Resultaten FuMetsu Cup 2018

    1 – Team 1

    • Ryota MATSUYAMA (Kendo Kai Higashi Arnhem)
    • Zeno GROOTENBOER (FuMetsu)
    • René BLOEMHEUVEL (Sakura Kai)

    2 – Team 9

    • Suraya TJON-KON-FAT (Kendo Kai Den Haag)
    • Jasper STEENHUIS (Kendo Leeuwarden)
    • Lorenzo DE VIRGILIO (FuMetsu)

    3 – Team 6

    • Martin VAN DIJK (Shinbukan)
    • Gideon HAMBURGER (Renshinjuku)
    • Chris ROOS (Kendo Kai Higashi)

    3 – Team 10

    • Pieter RIESENKAMP (Shinbukan)
    • Jon SONNEVELD (Kendo Kai Den Haag)
    • Symke HAVERKAMP (Yushinkan)

    Fighting Spirit

    • Suraya TJON-KON-FAT (Kendo Kai Den Haag)

    Extra prijs namens het Nederlandse Kendo Team voor de beste beginnende vrouwelijke kendoka

    • Anne ZWART (Kendo Kai Den Haag)
  • Dag allemaal,

    Ik ben erop geattendeerd dat de registratiepagina voor evenement een bug bevat (ben er mee bezig!)
    Registratie lukt niet via iPhone (weet niet of het via Android werkt; en welke browser).
    Én de registratie-email wordt helaas niet verstuurd (ben ik ook mee bezig!)

    Via de PC lukt het wel; mocht je niet zeker weten of de registratie voor de FuMetsu Cup is voltooid, neem aub contact op met mij: Soesanto Bosari

    FYI:
    Registratie bestaat uit 3 stappen:
    – Registratie
    – Bevestig en betaal (0 euro; dus betalen hoeft niet) -> Klik op registreer
    – Compleet

    Dus lukt het niet, of ben je niet zeker of de registratie compleet is: Neem contact op met Soesanto

  • Nederlandse Herenteam in Korea

    Het Nederlandse herenteam behoort tot de beste 16 van dit WKC!

    Het team is door de poulefase gekomen door te winnen van Zuid Afrika en Litouwen.
    In de eerste ronde stuitten de heren tegen het Zweedse herenteam. Na een spannende strijd is Zweden er met de winst vandoor gegaan.

    Maar ook het herenteam is niet zonder prijs geëindigd.
    Winston Dollee heeft een Fighting Spirit Award ontvangen.

    Gefeliciteerd Winston!

  • Onze dames tijdens het WKC in Korea

    vlnr Olga Morozova, Fleur Smout, Sayo van der Woude, Mariëlla van der Schans, Pakwan Ratchatasavee en Joke de Jong (secretaris NKR)

    Onze dames kendoteam heeft het tot en met de kwartfinale (beste 8!) van het WKC geschopt, waar ze een goede partij tegen de Koreaanse dames hebben gevochten.

    Na het individuele dameskampioenschap behoren Fleur Smout en Sayo van der Woude respectievelijk bij de beste 16 en 8 van het WKC.

    Maar de Nederlandse dames zijn niet zonder prijzen geëindigd; Sayo van der Woude heeft namelijk de Fighting Spirit Award voor zowel individueel dames als teams dames in ontvangst mogen nemen.

    Gefeliciteerd!

    vlnr Olga Morozova, Fleur Smout, Sayo van der Woude, Mariëlla van der Schans, Pakwan Ratchatasavee en erachter Joke de Jong (secretaris NKR)

  • Teamfoto Nederlands Kendo Team


    De dames en heren die Nederland vertegenwoordigen tijdens het WKC in Korea.

    Staand:
    Guido Minnaert (Coach)
    Pepijn Boomgaard
    Jouke van der Woude
    Joeri van den Burgh
    Winston Dollee
    Dai Linh Nguyen
    Rick Nieuwenhuijzen
    Werner Karnadi (Manager)

    Zittend:
    Mariëlla van der Schans
    Pakwan Ratchatasavee
    Sayo van der Woude
    Fleur Smout
    Olga Morozova

  • Onderweg naar Korea

    Het Nederlandse Kendo team is op weg naar Korea!

    Succes tijdens het WK!

  • Enquete NKR Kendo Zomer Seminar

    Wij zijn benieuwd naar hoe jij het seminar hebt ervaren.
    Zou je graag de volgende enquete willen invullen?

  • Geslaagden Kendo Examen 5 Aug 2018


    De volgende kendoka zijn geslaagd voor hun examen:

    Ikkyu
    Otter, Tom
    van der Veen, Vincent
    Haraszti, Viktor
    1-dan
    van Gool, Stefan
    Steenhuis, Jasper
    Tang, Lai Mei
    2-dan
    Beukers, Niels
    van Neer, Renier
    Kaspers, Hyun Vin
    Vliert, van de, Alex
    Hamburger, Gideon
    Rerimassie, Virgil
    van Heerbeek, Stan
    Hein, Zeynep
    3-dan
    Ratchatasavee, Pakwan
    van der Schans, Mariella
    Dollee, Winston
    4-dan
    van Roij, Ivo
    Konstantinov, Oleksandr
    Valvekens, Harry
    5-dan
    Coelho de Sousa, Luis
    Lowin, Daniel
  • Bereikbaarheid Topsportcentrum Rotterdam

    Nog even en dan begint het kendo zomerseminar 2018.
    Het gaat helaas niet zonder horten en stoten, want naast de plotselinge verhuizing hebben we dit weekend te maken met verkeershinder.

    OV
    Heel dit weekend is er beperkt treinverkeer van en naar Rotterdam (zie hier)
    De Coolsingel is afgesloten ivm werkzaamheden, dit houdt in dat tram 23 niet via de Coolsingel reist. (De tram vertrekt wel vanaf CS)
    Houdt hier aub rekening mee, wanneer je met het OV reist.

    Parkeren op zaterdag 4 augustus
    Zaterdag 4 augustus speelt Feyenoord om 18:00 om de Johan Cruyff schaal in Eindhoven.
    Dit houdt in dat het parkeerterrein niet vrij toegankelijk is (er staat een parkeerwachter).
    Vrijdag delen wij tijdens de registratie parkeerkaarten uit voor zaterdag, toon die bij aankomst op zaterdag.

    Voor degenen die vanaf zaterdag mee trainen, zal iemand van de organisatie tussen 8:30 en 09:15 bij de parkeerwachter staan om parkeerkaarten mee te geven.
    Op zaterdag is het alleen mogelijk om via de Coen Moulijnweg het parkeerterrein op te rijden.
    Kom zaterdag aub op tijd, we beginnen om 09:30

  • Resultaat Iaido Examen 30 Juli

    De volgende iaidoka zijn geslaagd voor hun examen
    Gefeliciteerd

    Kyu
    Fonhof, Noël
    de Groot, Paul
    Verlinde, Els
    Mulder, Remco
    1-dan
    van Andel, Joris
    Koper, Christopher
    Van Ham, Merijn
    2-dan
    van Turnhout, Jimmy Ricco
    Vrouwenvelder, Wouter
    Edel, Michel
    Tan, Howard
    Häyrinen, Kari
    Booltink, Harry
    Kruyne, florus
    3-dan
    Bokelaar, Martijn
    4-dan
    von Haugwitz, Rickard
    Vyverman, Ivan
    Croeckaert, Valerie
    Dingerdis, Tijs
    Senn, Mirjam
    Neuteboom, Willem
    5-dan
    Bleiker, Simon Johannes
    Parker, David Matthew
    Gerlach, Samantha
    Huisman, Michel
    Horemans, Armand
    Papadopoulos, Ioannis
  • Jodo Examens 28 juli 2018

    De volgende jodoka zijn 28 juli 2018 geslaagd voor hun examen
    Gefeliciteerd!

    Ikkyu Zuniga, Lorena
    de Vrieze, Wilco
    Kistemaker, Peter
    Shodan Lelyanov, Ivan Aleksandrovich
    Edel, Michel
    Nidan van Turnhout, Jimmy Ricco
    Azhipa, Igor
    Jurgens, Jo
    Sandan Vyverman, Ivan
    Yondan Tacke, Yoshi
    von Haugwitz, Rickard
    Kwee, Simon Kim Liong
    Roe, Narten
    Godan Bleiker, Simon Johannes
    Behrendt, Daniel
    Bouckaert, Marleen
  • Jodo Examens Eindhoven

    Zaterdag 28 juli 2018 beginnen de Jodo Examens om 11:30.
    Van 09:00 tot 11:00 is examentraining.
    Registratie voor de examens is van 11:00 tot 11:30

  • Let op – Eerdere start Jodo Seminar Eindhoven

    Vrijdag 27 juli begint het jodo seminar om 09:00 ipv 10:00 vanwege de hitte.

  • WKC 2018 indeling

    De indeling van het WKC 2018 is bekend gemaakt.

    Klik hier voor de indeling.

  • Abonneer op de NKR Agenda

    Het abonneren op de agenda van de NKR, of op één of meer van de verschillende disciplines is vereenvoudigd.

    Nu worden wijziging in de agenda automatisch weergegeven in de geabonneerde agenda’s. Je hoeft niet meer te dubbelchecken of de gegevens in jouw agenda overeenkomen met de gegevens op de website.

    Volg de stappen uit onderstaand YouTube filmpje om je te abonneren.

  • Resultaten NK Teams Jodo en Iaido

    Resultaten NK Teams Jodo en IaidoLees verder

  • Resultaten NK Kendo Kyu en Teams 2018

     

    De Nederlandse Kendo kampioenschappen Kyu en Teams 2018 zijn als volgt geëindigd:Lees verder

  • Zomer seminar Jodo/Iaido

    De datum voor het zomer seminar nadert met ‘rasse schreden’ nog 6 weken om aan te melden.

    Examens apart inschrijven. Zie agenda 26 t/m 30 Juli.

  • Samurai Art Expo

    Traditionele Japanese wapens en harnassen, houtblok prints, porcelein en een verscheidenheid aan artifacten.
    Koninklijke Jaarbeurs Utrecht Nederland. Van 15 t/m 17 Juni.
    Klik voor bijzonderheden -> SAE_FlyerJuni18

  • Inschrijving NK Kyu Kendo en NK Teams Kendo is opengesteld

    De inschrijving voor het NK Kyu Kendo en NK Teams Kendo op zondag 17 juni 2018 in Vlaardingen is opengesteld.
    Registratie kan hier tot en met woensdag 13 juni 2018 23:59:59

  • Aangepaste Privacyverklaring

    We zijn vast niet de eerste met een bericht over het belang van jouw privacy. We zullen ook niet de laatste zijn. En maar goed ook! Want ook wij nemen jouw privacy zeer serieus.Lees verder

  • Kendo Summer Seminar dit jaar in Rotterdam

    Vanwege onderhoudswerkzaamheden in Sporthallen Zuid, Amsterdam zal de Kendo Summer Seminar 2018 verhuizen naar Topsportcentrum, Rotterdam.

    Houdt de NKR website in de gaten voor updates.
    Registreren kan hier.

  • Inschrijving Kendo Examen (tm 3-dan) is opengesteld

    Zondag 3 juni zullen kendo examens worden gehouden tot en met 3-dan.
    Via deze link kan worden ingeschreven.

  • Resultaten Edo Cup & Odinot Cup

    Jeugd onder 14
    1 – Bo-D Coffa (Mokuseikan)
    2 – Anne van der Gulik (Mokuseikan)
    3 – Ryan Ruiter (Mokuseikan)
    3 – Evi van der Gulik (Mokuseikan)
    FS -Hedwig Oranje (FuMetsu)
    U14Poule
    U14KO

    U14Tree

    Jeugd onder 18Lees verder

  • Programma Edo cup

    Zondag 22 april wordt de Edo Cup in Groningen gehouden.

    09:30 Hal open
    10:00 Shinai check
    10:30 Openingsceremonie
    10:45 Junioren Onder 14 en Onder 18
    12:00* Odinot Cup (korte pauze vooraf)
    13:00* lunchpauze
    13:45* Edo Cup
    16:30* Prijzenuitreiking

    Bovenstaande tijden* zijn indicatief

     

  • Resultaat Open Kampioenschappen Jodo Zwitserland

    Elise Heijboer 1e plaats yondan

    Veronica Rijke 3e plaats yondan

    Kees Bartels 2e plaats kyu-shodan

  • Tameshigiri Ren Bu Kan Eindhoven

    Wij houden bij Ren Bu Kan al jaren in April een tameshigiri training. Vorig jaar hebben we daar ook twee andere dojo bij uitgenodigd. Dit jaar willen we er een landelijk evenement van maken en wel op zondag 24 Juni a.s. Plaats van handeling is onze nieuwe dojo aan de Nuenenseweg 6 in Eindhoven. De kosten bedragen € 5,- voor deelname en € 8,- per te snijden mat. De meeste deelnemers snijden 4 a 5 matten.

    Wij zorgen voor voldoende standaards en shinken. De aanvang is om 10 uur en rond 13.00 uur denken we af te sluiten. Ren Bu Kan zorgt voor koffie / thee en vlaai. Aanmelden kan bij Jo Jurgens, Jo Jurgens op jo.jurgens@kpnmail.nl

  • Inschrijving EDO Cup

    De registratie voor de Edo cup is open.
    Vergeet je niet aan te melden indien je wilt mee doen aan de:
    – 3vs3 teams Edo Cup
    – Junioren individueel
    – Odinot Cup (50+)

    Inschrijven kan via deze link.

  • Resultaten Iijima Cup 2018

    24 en 25 februari was de 29ste editie van de Iijima Cup, met een recordaantal deelnemers (231) uit 24 landen.
    Zaterdag 24 februari waren de individuele toernooien en zondag 25 februari het team toernooi.

    Kyu Individueel:
    1 – Duc Tran Minh 
    2 – Alexander Gorelik 
    3 – Andrea Julius Faletta 
    3 – Geert Ham 
    FS – Huyen Pham
    IIJMACUP2018_kyu_individual

    Dames Individueel:
    1 – Pauline Stolarz 
    2 – Alina Gdezyk 
    3 – Sara van Laecken 
    3 – Laure Bellivier 
    FS – Lisa van Laecken 
    IIJMACUP2018_ladies_individual


    Heren Individueel:
    1 – Sylvain Chodkowski 
    2 – Yusaku Izawa 
    3 – Arnoud Pons 
    3 – Jouke van der Woude 
    FS – Tetsuyuki Okuzono 
    IIJMACUP2018_men_individual


    Teams
    1 – France 2 
    2 – Poland 
    3 – France 3 
    3 – NL-Men 
    FS – Lennert de Moor 
    IIJIMACUP2018_teams

    Speciale prijzen
    – Aya Kröbl 
    – Mariella van der Schans 
    – Fanny Lindström 
    – Gin Ching 
    – Mila Lahdenpohja 
    – Natalia Maj 
    – Agniezska Wial 
    – Lyna Maaziz 

    (foto’s door Tetsuro Miyazaki)

  • Scheidsrechter cursus en Mudantoernooi

    17 iaidoka, van sandaal tot godan, afkomstig van 7 dojo’s, namen deel aan het iaido-scheidsrechterseminar van de NKR op 14 januari. Die zelfde middag traden ze op als de referees bij het iaido-mudantoernooi 2018, eveneens in Zoetermeer. Zo bouwt de NKR aan het kader van vandaag en morgen.

  • Vernieuwde website

    De website van de NKR is vernieuwd.
    De reden is om het voor iedereen (dus bestuur, commissies en alle NKR leden) makkelijker te maken om van alles in te zien en te registreren voor de verschillende evenementen.

    Online NKR account
    Indien je lid bent van de NKR, dan kan je jouw eigen kendo, iaido en/of jodo gegevens inzien en jouw contactgegevens inzien en wijzigen.
    Je kan makkelijk inloggen via Facebook of maak een aparte account aan. Ga naar Lidmaatschap > Lid worden

     

    Evenement Registratie
    Registreren voor een NKR evenement met een online NKR-account gaat makkelijker:
    Al jouw gegevens worden namelijk automatisch opgehaald en ingevuld, wanneer je bent ingelogd.

    Abonneer op de agenda’s
    Abonneer op de kendo, iaido en/of jodo agenda en vind alle NKR evenementen terug op jouw smartphone.
    Uitleg over hoe te abonneren op een agenda via:
    (Android via) Google Calendar
    iPhone

    Aanwezigheidsregistratie
    Aanwezigheidsregistratie van Centrale Trainingen kan vanaf nu ook vanaf jouw smartphone.
    Zorg ervoor dat de GPS/locatie functionaliteit aan staat op je mobiel en accepteer het verzoek om locatie-gegevens te delen van de NKR-website.
    Log in op de website wanneer je tijdens het evenement binnen een straal van 200 meter van de locatie bent.
    Wanneer je de website vanaf jouw smartphone opent, dan verschijnt een pop-up met een aanmeld-knopje, druk erop en jouw aanwezigheid is geregistreerd.
    Uiteraard kan je nog steeds via de vertrouwde papieren velletjes jouw aanwezigheid registreren.

    Betaal online
    Betaalde evenementen kunnen nu makkelijk online worden afgehandeld.
    Geen omslachtige bankbetalingen meer; betaal via de bekende online betaalplatformen (zoals iDeal).

    Als iets niet werkt, jouw data niet klopt, als je geen toegang hebt tot jouw data of als je op- en/of aanmerkingen hebt.
    Laat het mij (Soesanto) weten.

  • 100% Slagingspercentage Kendo Examen 26 november 2017

    Iedereen gefeliciteerd met het behalen van jouw nieuwe graad!

  • Uitslagen NK Kendo Individueel

    Jeugd Onder 14
    1 – Bo-D Coffa (Mokuseikan)
    2 – Noia Pasma (Washinkan Budojo)
    3 – Anne van der Gullik (Mokuseikan)
    3 – Luuk Vincent (Mokuseikan)
    FS – Ryan Ruiter (Mokuseikan)

    Open PDF: NK_Individueel_U14_2017

     

    Jeugd Onder 18
    1 – Tristan van Leuven (Mokuseikan)
    2 – Jerry Zandstra (Suirankan)
    3 – Levi van Krimpen (Renbukan)
    3 – Kiran van Helfteren (Mokuseikan)
    FS – Bilal El Abassi (Washinkan Budojo)

    Open PDF: NK_Individueel_U18_2017

     

    Dames
    1 – Pakwan Ratchatasavee (FuMetsu)
    2 – Mariëlla van der Schans (Shinbukan)
    3 – Fleur Smout (Museido)
    3 – Jori Snels (Museido)
    FS – Taciser Sevinc (Yushinkan)

    Open PDF: NK_Individueel_Dames_2017

     

    Individueel gemengd
    1 – Joeri van der Burgh (FuMetsu)
    2 – Winston Dollee (FuMetsu)
    3 – Pakwan Ratchatasavee (FuMetsu)
    3 – Martin van Dijk (Shinbukan)
    FS – Bram Verhaegh (Renbukan)

    Open PDF NK_Individueel_2017

  • Programma NK Kendo

    Programma NK kendo zondag 19 november

    09:30 Shinai Check
    10:00 Openingscermonie
    10:15 Jeugd Kampioenschap
    12:00 Prijsuitreiking Jeugd
    12:15 Lunch
    12:45 Dames Kampioenschap
    13:39 Algemeen Kampioenschap
    16:30 Prijsuitreiking

    Kom aub op tijd 🙂

  • Laatste dag om je in te schrijven voor het NK Kendo

    Dag allemaal,

    Je hebt tot 14:00 vandaag om je alsnog in te schrijven voor het NK Kendo.
    Tot zondag en veel succes alvast!

    TC Kendo

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  • NKR account

    Waarom zou je een NKR webaccount aanmaken?

    • Inloggen kan met jouw Facebook account of maak een aparte NKR account aan
    • Je hebt altijd toegang tot jouw eigen data én je kan jouw eigen contact data bijwerken.
    • Help onze papieren administratie te verminderen:
      • Aanwezigheidsregistratie bij CT/TT kan online met een druk op een knop
      • Automatische controle of je in aanmerking komt om examen te doen
        • 3-CT eis afgelopen 12 maanden
        • Controle of jij jouw huidige graad lang genoeg in bezit hebt
      • Spelervolg-systeem voor Team Training deelnemers.
        Stel per periode jouw doelen op en houd samen met de coach/manager jouw voortgang bij
    • Vereenvoudigde registratie bij toernooien, examens en seminars; al jouw gegevens zijn ingevuld, wanneer je ingelogd bent
    • Veel verschillende online betaalmogelijkheid bij (betaalde) toernooien, examens en seminars.
    • Vereenvoudigde inschrijving als lid van de NKR, inclusief eerste online (deel)betaling

     

    Wat er binnenkort nog aan komt:

    • Realtime bijhouden en volgen van toernooiscores en verloop (wanneer ben ik weer en op welke shiaijo?)
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