Kenshi Journal

About

I established this as a place to expand on my ideas of budo, with a particular focus on Kendo and Iaido. The teachings from various instructors that I have been fortunate to receive will make up the lion’s share of what makes it up here as well.

The Author

The main contributor to Kenshi Journal is me, Brian Beckford. I grew up and began my practice of Japanese swordsmanship in Miami, FL. I’m a physicist by day having earned my doctorate at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. During that time (~5 years) I trained extensively in Kendo and Iaido every chance I had and was fortunate to learn from very highly ranked and experienced instructors. Currently, I have been studying budo for about 18 years, which means I have a long way to go. My personal webpage can be accessed here.

  • Kendo 4th Dan (AJKF)
  • Iaido 5th Dan (AJKF) Koryu — Muso Shinden Ryu
  • Iaido 2nd Dan (IMAF) Koryu — Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

Synergistic Activities

  • 2019  AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp
  • 2018  Kendo World Keiko Kai
  • 2017  AUSKF Kendo Summer Camp
  • 2016  28th Cleveland Tournament Iaido Seminar
  • 2015  AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp
  • 2012  Miyagi Ken Sendai-shi Nihon Kendo Kata Seminar
  • 2012  24thNippon Budokan International Seminar of Budo Culture Seminar
  • 2011  Kendo World Keiko Kai
  • 2011  Miyagi Ken Sendai-shi Nihon Kendo Kata Seminar
  • 2010  Miyagi Ken Sendai-shi Nihon Kendo Kata Seminar
  • 2010  22ndNippon Budokan International Seminar of Budo Culture Seminar
  • 2009  Miyagi Ken Sendai-shi Nihon Kendo Kata Seminar
  • 2008  AUSKF Iaido Summer Camp
  • 2007  IMAF Annual American Seminar

Competitive Experience

  • 2011  40thAnnual Miyagi-Ken Iaido Taikai:
    • 2nd Dan division: 4th place
  • 2011  48thAnnual Ishikawa-Ken Iaido Taikai:
    • 2ndDan division: 1stplace: Gold
  • 2010  39thAnnual Miyagi-Ken Iaido Taikai   
    •  2ndDan division: 2rdplace: Silver
  • 2009  38thAnnual Miyagi-Ken Iaido Taikai:    
    • 1stDan division : 3rdplace: Bronze
  • 2008  All United States Kendo Federation Annual Iaido Championship
    • Mudansha: 2ndplace: Silver
  • 2007  South Florida Kendo Club Merit Award (Most dedicated member)
  • 2007  IMAF Annual American Seminar
    • Iaido 1stplace: Gold, Nihon Kendo Kata 3rd place: Bronze (team)

Affiliations

  • All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) (全日本剣道連盟)
  • Miyagi-ken Kendo Federation (宮城県剣道連盟)
  • United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF): MWKF
  • International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF): Iaido & Kendo Division

Instructors

Suzuki, Sazo Sensei

  • Iaido 7th Dan Kyoshi Iaido: (AJKF)
  • Head Instructor: Sendai Renbukai Iaido dojo

Endo, Katsuo Sensei

  • Kendo 8thDan Hanshi (AJKF)
  • Head Instructor: Sendai-shi Budokan
  • Head Instructor: Tohoku University Kendo club

Sone, Takaetsu Sensei

  • Kendo 8thDan Kyoshi (AJKF)
  • Assistant Head Instructor: Sendai-Shi Budokan
  • Head Instructor: Tohoku Gakuin University Kendo club

Tagawa, Yoshiteru Sensei

  • Kendo 8thDan Hanshi (AJKF/AUSKF)
  • Head Instructor: Detroit Kendo Dojo

Yan, James Sensei

  • Kendo 5ththDan, Iaido 2ndDan (AUSKF)
  • Founder, Kancho & Head Instructor: Shidogakuin D.C

Nieves, Frank Sensei

  • Head Instructor: South Florida Kendo Club & School of Japanese Swordsmanship
  • Kendo 5th Dan (AUSKF)
  • Iaido 6th Dan Renshi, Ryushin Shouchi Ryu
  • Iaido 5th Dan (AJKF) – Koryu Muso Shinden Ryu
  • Iaido 5th Dan Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu (IMAF)
  • Certified Taijutsu (Unarmed Grappling Arts) Instructor
    • Specialization in Judo, Aikido, and Ju-jutsu.

Pla, Yaiquimi Sensei

  • Karate 5th Dan (Shito Ryu)
  • Kendo 3rdDan (USKF)
  • Kobudo 3rdDAN
  • Judo 1stDan

 

 

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