Mumeishi’s IKCC

Mumeishi tournament 2012On the 17th of November 2012, Mumeishi kendo club from London will host the 40th edition of their international kendo clubs tournament. Many teams (both gents, ladies and children) from all over the world compete in this tourney every year, so it’s a great chance to meet new people. The tourney will be preceded by a big, communal practice.

This year’s jury will be supervised by Sumi-sensei, who will act as shinpan-cho.

If you would like to attend this tournament, please inform Heeren-sensei.

A higher level

Our mid-level team needs strengthening! By providing more attention to kendoka in bogu we can and should improve the kendo of our kenshi! We shall attain this goal by using traditional training methods, which come with a number of requirements. Among others it requires a guarantee of continuity.

Members are now expected to attend a minimum of three out of four trainings. If you cannot meet this minimum, it should be discussed with me, or with Ton Loyer-sensei. We’re putting responsibility for this discussion squarely with you, our kendoka! In the past few years we’ve seen Renshinjuku slip to become a sporting club and we must return to being a budo ‘club’!

Attendance in the dojo requires respect for our teachers. Tardy students will no longer be allowed to take part in training, unless otherwise indicated by a sensei. Members who are behind on membership dues will also not be allowed to take part in training. We will also take attendance, to keep track of who attends each training.

Renshinjuku is a kendo dojo where kendoka are offered the possibility to train and to develop their character. I would much rather do this with active members than with dormant members who only pay their dues. I believe that a small and enthusiastic group will achieve greater goals than a big and unmotivated one.

Yudansha will be given more attention this season. I have already prepared a training schedule.

Kendkoa, please think of your personal goals in kendo and let this shine through in your training! I have decided to intensify our training, by taking a hands-off approach to club organization and by taking active part in the fighting and training.

A number of organizational tasks are being delegated to members. You should keep a close eye on our website and our calendar to choose activities you want to take part in. It is your own responsibility and we will no longer keep on reminding you or great opportunities.

Anyway… I’m ready for the new season! My shinai have been sharpened and oiled. My hakama and keikogi have been laundered and ironed and my bogu has been polished. I’m looking forward to meeting you on the other side of my shinai!


Bert Heeren sensei

Renshi 6e dan kendo

Kendo season 2012/13

Dear kenshi,

A new season is about to start!

RSJ-dojo Amstelveen will re-open its doors on tuesday the 4th of September.

Tuesdays, between 19:30-21:00 and on saturdays from 16:00-18:00. The RSJ-dojo in Almere will start on saturday the 8th, 09:00-11:00.

As kick off for the new season we’re organizing the Renshinjuku buffet party, on saturday the 8th from 18:00-20:00 in the dojo of Amstelveen. Dojo members will bring home made dishes (please focus on main courses). Family members and friends are more than welcome! Dojo management will provide drinks.

Dojo summer holiday 2012

Kendoka, please be aware that Renshinjuku kendo dojo will be closed during the summer holiday.

  • In Almere, our last training before the break will take place on Saturday the 14th of July.
  • In Amstelveen our last training will be one week later: Saturday the 21st of July.
  • We will resume training on the 8th of September.

Renshinjuku uniform badges

Renshinjuku uniform badges

As part of the work on our own sports clothing line, much work was put into (re)designing the logos of our dojo. For the first time since its founding, the Almere dojo now has its own logo and the Amstelveen logo has also been cleaned up. These designs were used not only on our clothing, but also to order uniform badges!

Measuring 7cm in diameter, these badges can be sewn onto your keikogi, sweater, jacket or bag.

Badges can be bought for €1 a piece from Bert Heeren sensei, Roelof sensei. In Almere they can be bought through Peter Kistemaker sempai.

Renshinjuku Kendo clothing

Renshinjuku sports shirts

Starting this summer, Renshinjuku kendo dojo is selling sports clothing.

Work on these designs started in january, by one of our own students. His original goal was to have some RSJ-branded sports gear for running practice. The clothing was well received by other Renshinjuku members and thus we have opened our own online shop.

The full range of clothes consists of…

  • A mesh sports shirt. Logo on the front and “RSJ-020“, or “RSJ-036” on the back.
  • A t-shirt. Logo on the front and the Renshinjuku name in kanji on the back.
  • A children’s t-shirt. Logo on the front and “Let’s kendo!” on the back.
  • A track jacked. Logo on the front.
  • A hooded sweater. Logo on the front and the Renshinjuku name in kanji on the back.
  • A sleeveless shirt. The dojo’s motto “Heijoshin” on the front, in kanji.

Shown above are the sports shirt (white) and the normal t-shirt (grey).

The shop is run by, a reputable company with good quality products. All orders are processed by Spreadshirt, ensuring your e-commerce safety. All designs are printed in vinyl, which makes for a long lasting and weather proof shirt.