Sumi-sensei visits

From October 10th through the 12th, dojo Namikai will host a ‘stage’ with Sumi-sensei (H8-dan). This is a truly exceptional chance, to train with one of Japan’s most prolific kendo teachers.

  • Friday 10/10: registration for over-night stay, at 15:00
  • Saturday 11/10: 0930 – 1700 training
  • Sunday 12/10: 0930 – 1630 uur training
  • Costs are 135€ pp: 2x over-night stay, 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 1x dinner, 2x water during the day.

    Better be quick! They are only accepting 65 students in total.

    Registrations and enquiry at the Namikai site.

    Buffet party: Sept 6th

    We’re celebrating the start of the 2014/15 season, with a combined training and potluck feast. Join us for a huge group training and then have fun and a nice meal with your fellow students.

    This takes place on saturday the 6th of September, at 1800 (after the training).

    We ask that everyone brings some food to share. It is a “pot luck” party, so make something yummy! Our dojo officials will take care of the drinks. Please bring as much “normal” food as possible, so we have more than just desserts ;)

    Season 2014-2015

    Dear Kenshi,

    The new kendo season is on our doorstep! RSJ-dojo Amstelveen starts Tuesday, August 19th.

    Please review the agenda on our website for all kendo activities and the training days/hours.

    Progress and objectives:

    I believe we must aim for a qualitative development through training with all kendoka. Follow the information on our site for activities such as participating in tournaments and seminars.

    The Yudansha of our dojo must be reinforced! Through more attention to kendoka with bogu the kendo-quallity of our kenshi should be increased. I will realize this by coordinating the practice on traditional training forms. To achieve this I have a couple expectations. For example your guarantee for the continuation of your kendo training through training forms and participation in training. From members it is expected that they attend a minimum of three sessions per month!! If you cannot live up to this, you should discuss the matter with me. The initiative for this consultation lies with you.

    In previous years Renshinjuku became more of a sport club. This should be changed back to a Budo-club!!

    There should be more respect for teachers. Latecomers are not allowed to join in training unless dispensed by the sensei.

    Renshinjuku is a kendo dojo where kendoka are given the possibility to come and train and develop their character. I want to do this with active members, not with sponsors; i.e.: members who only pay contribution, but do not come to the dojo for kendo practice. I would rather have a small club with many devotees….

    We will also give more attention to training forms for Yudansha. For this I have already prepared a program.
    Remind yourself of your personal aim this season in kendo and train accordingly.

    For myself I have planned to teach more intensively, among other means by training more and to interfere less with the organization of our club. A number of tasks of the organization can be and are delegated to members.

    Inform yourself on the activities you would like to take part in through the agenda on our website.

    Anyway, I am entirely ready for the coming season; my shinai have been sharpened and oiled, my hakama and keigogi washed and brushed, and my bogu polished. I am now ready to meet you on the other end of my shinai.

    Bert Heeren sensei
    Renshi 6th dan kendo

    Inoue-sensei on kata

    At the 3rd Kendo World Tokyo Keiko-kai held on Saturday August 2, 2014, H8-dan Inoue Yoshihiko-sensei spoke about the true meaning of the Nihon Kendo Kata, and a demonstration was given by two of his students. The talk was based on an article that Inoue-sensei had written for the September 2014 issue of Kendo Nihon. Below is the handout that was given to all participants.

    The original article is posted on Kendo World. The Dutch translation can be read here, by clicking on the dutch flag at the top-right.

    Almere branches off


    It has been a long time in coming, but as per this summer the Almere dojo will branch away from Renshinjuku kendo dojo. They will continue to sail the seas of kendo under their own banner: Kendo Almere.

    We wish Loyer-sensei and his assistants all the very best. We certainly hope to meet the Almere students at many tournaments!

    Sayonara party

    Next saturday, the 21st of June, we’ll have a sayonara party for the family Goto. They’ll be leaving the Netherlands, so we’re seeing them off with a post-practice drink. Please join us for some friendly fun :)

    Kendo kata book

    It’s with great pleasure that we announce the publication of a brandnew, dutch kendo book.

    “Nihon Kendo no Kata & Kihon Bokuto Waza” is a translation of Stephen Quinlan-sensei’s essay about both the traditional kendo kata and the modern set of waza exercises that use the bokuto.

    Among others the book covers:
    * The importance of the uchidachi-shidachi relationship
    * Kata conventions and formalities.
    * All kata, in detail and with extra pointers.
    * All kihon bokuto waza, in detail and with extra pointers.
    * The underlying principles (riai) of the kata, de technical, philosophical and religious backgrounds.

    The book is available immediately! As free PDF ebook, or as a €8 softcover.