Kendo Basics ~ by Jeff Marsten-sensei, Kyoshi 7.dan

This is a short clip from YouTube highlighting a new DVD series being introduced by Jeff Marsten-sensei, Kyoshi 7.dan of the Pacicif Northwest Kendo Federation (PNKF). Marsten-sensei is a former President of the All U.S. Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and currently serves on its Board of Directors as Auditor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PngGmI0p5rg&feature=related

After looking at the YouTube clip, if you are so inclined to order the DVD, it's available at http://www.williswall.com for about $30.

YouTube videos ~ Kendo Basics

Here are a few YouTube links of some older videos of kendo basics put out by the All Japan Kendo Federation. They're done in English.

Very basic stuff but very good review material, touching on subjects ranging from proper etiquette, how to put on bogu, kamae, footwork, basic excercises, kikarigeiko, uchikomigeiko, kendo kata, etc.

This is pretty all-encompassing and may be of some help for folks, regardless of experience levels.

Enjoy...

Section 1, Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHqVfoBQ7fs&feature=related
Section 1, Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRZsrVFSs2I&feature=related
Section 1, Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aczQzsifcDk&feature=related

Section 2, Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIQIrqbTQIg&feature=related
Section 2, Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O5MKKbqpQY&feature=related
Section 2, Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDy-vZx-8r8&feature=related

Section 3, Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJQ2nwhe6dI&feature=related
Section 3, Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeoE4U-Suf8&feature=related
Section 3, Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDGfcM4rKvI&feature=related

Ordering Zekken/Nafuda (name tag) for Memphis Kendo Club

Some of you new folks in bogu have been involved with kendo long enough for you to need a "nafuda" (or "zekken" or "thing-with-your-name-on-it-that-fits-on-the-tare").

This is something you need to think about (and order) if you are new to bogu, or not yet in bogu but are certain that you'll be sticking around for the long haul. Normally, I might suggest that you wait to order nafuda until you've been in bogu for a little while because if people don't quit kendo early in the process, many will quit kendo soon after getting into bogu.

If you compete at a tournament, AUSKF rules actually mandate that you have one. It's also very handy to have if you go to seminars and such just so people can identify who you are.

In order to maintain consistency (letter style, size, etc.) with those who already have them, we ask that you please place your order with E-BOGU at http://www.e-bogu.com/ .... and look/search for "ZEKKEN" or "NAFUDA" (same thing, different term) under "Kendo Accessories".
Ordering instructions:
1. access the above website and click on the link to the Zekken

2. click on "add to cart" and go through the process of filling out your information AND paying for the item

3. In the product description, you should see a link for "Download Zekken Order Form".  Print out that form...
4. Once you have the printed form in front of you, write MEMPHIS across the top line; write your last name in Romanji (that's "English") on the bottom line; write your last name in Katakana (or Kanji, if applicable) vertically down the center. It doesn't have to be perfect handwriting, but it must be legible.
If you are not absolutely 100% certain of how to spell your name in katakana, please consult the consortium of native speakers of Japanese at class.

5. after filling out the form in full (be sure to have your order # handy to write on the form as well), FAX the form to E-bogu. ***Obviously, you'll need several of these forms if you order as a group ****  It might also be possible to fill out the form, scan it, and email it to E-bogu, but check with them first.