Shodan Shinsa – Spring 2008

The following students were advanced into or within the dan degrees at the Renmei Shodan examinations at Tunbridge Wells on Sunday, 18th May 2008. These examinations have been made under the Rules of the Eikoku Kendo Renmei implemented for the past thirty-four years and in strict accordance with the standards laid down by the All Japan Kendo Renmei.

To Shodan:

Alistair Brindle (Butokukan Dojo)
Mark Morford (Tunbridge)
Philippe Negri (Tunbridge)
Eden Swift (Butokukan)
Antonio Ybarra (Butokukan)

To Sandan:

Thomas Bowen (Butokukan Dojo)
James Powell (Butokukan)
Matt Smith (Butokukan)

Vauxhall Dōjō 20th Anniversary Practice

The Vauxhall Dōjō welcomed a good number of Kendōka to mark the Twentieth Anniversary of its establishment on Monday, the 20th November. Phil Jupp, rokudan, and his members deserve congratulations and all the support they can get for their long years of extremely hard work to develop the high level of orthodox Kendō that characterises the dōjō ethic. May they continue for many years to come.

Shodan Shinsa – Spring 2005

The Butokukan Dojo 40th Anniversary celebration saw the formal announcement of the results of the Spring Shodan Shinsa examinations for advancement into and within the dan degrees. The assessments were held during the preceding week but the results delayed until the evening of the 27th in Lewes.

To Shodan: John Bowen Butokukan Dojo Brighton/Lewes
James Powell Butokukan Dojo Brighton/Lewes
Ron Cuffley Butokukan Dojo Brighton/Lewes
To Sandan: George Dillon Butokukan Dojo Brighton/Lewes
To Yondan: Christopher Fox Butokukan Dojo Brighton/Lewes
Stuart Dickinson Vauxhall Dojo London
To Godan: Peter Powell Butokukan Dojo Brighton/Lewes

All advancements are made under the Examination Rules and authority of the British Kendo Renmei .

Butokukan Dōjō 40th Anniversary

The 27th May saw two important events in the British Kendo Renmei calendar. The first was the celebration of a milestone in our Kendo development – the 40th Anniversary of the Butokukan Kendo Dojo, established in Brighton and Lewes in south-east England. More than a hundred guests and Kendoka came to the splendid Assembly Rooms of the Lewes Town Hall to mark the event and to take part in the showing of ko-ryu swordsmanship, (Shiten-ryu Shiho Kiome-no-waza Iai-jutsu, Jikishinkage-ryu Hojo-no-kata, and the Hasegawa-Eishin-ryu Iai-jutsu), the Nihon-Kendo-gata and practice by our enthusiastic children followed by the adult ranks.

Many high-ranking Japanese kodansha have visited and instructed at the Butokukan over the past four decades and we are sure they would have been pleased to see how orthodox Kendo and Iai has continued to strengthen under the ever-watchful eyes of Roald and Pat Knutsen, both rokudan, and their senior yudansha.

The proceedings were opened and closed by the formal and deeply impressive beating of the dojo taiko by our youngest nidan, Thomas Bowen, who himself started his Kendo career in the Lewes dojo when just a lad of eight, ten years ago. The impressive and difficult Jikishinkage-ryu ‘Four Seasons’ kata was demonstrated by Phillip Jupp, rokudan, (Uchidachi), and Steve Phillips, godan, (Shidachi), both of the Vauxhall Kendo Dojo, London. The Nihon Kendo-gata was shown by Pat Knutsen, (Uchidachi), and Simon Crittenden, godan, (Shidachi ), (Tonbridge Dojo).

After the formal Kendo came a splendid buffet reception.

The second event was the formal announcement of the results of the Spring Shodan Shinsa examinations for advancement into and within the dan degrees. The assessments were held during the preceding week but the results delayed until the evening of the 27th in Lewes.