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Other shinpan resources in English

Added on by J.K. SHISHIDO.

While looking for Stroud sensei's translation of the Kendo Shiai - Shinpan - Administration Essentials Guide, I stumbled across these:

A Guide for Tournament Refereeing in Kendo, by the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) Committee on Tournaments and Refereeing, 2002-03; revised 2010. Translated by Tadashi Wakabayashi. [ PDF, 1.7 MB ]

The First Steps to Becoming a Referee: Basic Rules of Kendo Tournaments and Refereeing by Terry Holt. 2013 version. [ PDF, 2.3 MB ]

Over the years I'd seen various snippets from Holt sensei's book here and there on the internet but before tonight I've never seen the whole book. It's really wonderful, with super cute illustrations. Sadly, Holt sensei recently passed away, in 2015. There are video interviews with Holt sensei on YouTube, in case you would like to hear and see more of him.

It takes a lot of work to create resources that others can learn and benefit from. A very nice way for us to show our appreciation to others for their work is to do work ourselves for the benefit of others' learning. We may not all be kendo experts but since we all have different talents, we can all find ways to contribute in one way or another. Working on creating learning materials, recording histories, taking care of our elders, and so on, are all excellent ways to study.

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Shinpan practice & shinpan seminar

Added on by J.K. SHISHIDO.

Last Friday we used our practice to focus on refereeing matches. Akagi sensei watched our practice and provided important guidance and commentary.

Then on Sunday Sato sensei led a seminar on refereeing at Honbu Dojo. Here is a handout that Sato sensei passed around to the participants. (Click to enlarge.)


Here in Hawaii, refereeing is typically not a required part of kendo study or practice until the 3dan or 4dan level. However I would like Meikyokan students to study and practice refereeing as much as possible, as early as 1kyu/1dan level. We can expect the practice to be rough and the consistency of the decision-making to be very uneven, but that's fine. Doing good shinpan work is difficult and requires all kinds of skills and understanding that can only be developed through repeated practice, over a long period of time. I don't think beginning training at 3dan/4dan is producing adequate results, especially since we have so few tournaments nowadays.

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End note: During the shinpan seminar, Sato sensei mentioned an English translation of the Kendo Shiai - Shinpan - Administration Essentials Guide by Robert Stroud Sensei (Idaho Kendo Club). I was hoping to post a link to this document, but for the time being the Idaho Kendo Club website is being reworked and it looks like the document is currently offline. I've e-mailed Stroud sensei and requested a copy. [ 2016 Oct 21 note: No reply yet. ]