4th Philippine National Kendo Tournament – Primer

The Philippine National Kendo Tournament is the principal event of the United Kendo Federation of the Philippines. Once a year, hundreds of kendo practitioners fly in from different parts of the country to gather and participate in this tournament – a display of the top kendo players in the Philippines that determines …

Kendo Me Time™

by Chenney Navarro I’ve always been called out as someone who is too technical in my kendo approach. While some appreciate how it dissects concepts and movements into bite sized pieces, others find it too cerebral and unnecessarily nitty gritty. For the latter, it is usually because of differences in …

My Four Quadrants of Full Devotion

by Hans Quiazon I know that there are a good amount of people who find devoting themselves to Kendo challenging. Even I experience that difficulty once in a while. I could quit and never come back like in Karate, but I don’t! How do I deal with it? Let me …

Breathing and the Brace

by Chenney Navarro Breathing is the underlying rhythm that dictates your flow in combat. Generally, breathing in is considered as a moment of weakness when you are just gathering your strength, while holding your breath in up to the moment when you exhale into your strike are your moments of …

A Frail Girl’s Journey Into Learning Kendo

by Samantha Cruz In the Philippines, there’s this “inside joke” about how Pinoy moms would blame everything on using a computer: “kaka-kompyuter mo ‘yan!”, which indirectly translates to “it’s because you’re using the computer too much!” – that’s why you’re feeling bad right now, be it a fever, headache, toothache, …