On 29th April 2017 (Saturday), the 10th Odonna Kendo Nationwide Competition (おどんな日本一少年剣道大会) for primary and junior high school students was held in Hitoyoshi city, Kumamoto, Japan and master Uehara and master Yamamoto from Hyoho Taisha ryu Dojo Yatsushiro Ryu-sen-kan (兵法タイ捨流道場八代龍泉館) demonstrated their skill at the opening ceremony.
The origin of Taisha ryu is Shinkage ryu (新陰流). The founder of Shinkage ryu, Kamiizumi Iseno-kami (上泉伊勢守) invented “Fukuro shninai” (袋竹刀) which is a safe training sword, and is also the origin of Shinai bamboo sword used for modern Kendo training and completion.
The era of Samurai ended a long time ago, however skills of Japanese traditional martial arts, their spirit and legacy are still remaining in our time, and carrying over to next generations.
Photographed by Taisha-ryu Ryu-sen-kan