Sayonara party

Next saturday, the 21st of June, we’ll have a sayonara party for the family Goto. They’ll be leaving the Netherlands, so we’re seeing them off with a post-practice drink. Please join us for some friendly fun :)

Kendo kata book

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the publication of a brandnew, dutch kendo book.

“Nihon Kendo no Kata & Kihon Bokuto Waza” is a translation of Stephen Quinlan-sensei’s essay about both the traditional kendo kata and the modern set of waza exercises that use the bokuto.

Among others the book covers:
* The importance of the uchidachi-shidachi relationship
* Kata conventions and formalities.
* All kata, in detail and with extra pointers.
* All kihon bokuto waza, in detail and with extra pointers.
* The underlying principles (riai) of the kata, de technical, philosophical and religious backgrounds.

The book is available immediately! As free PDF ebook, or as a €8 softcover.

Event reminders

Hello everyone! Two important reminders.

  1. Our friend Marije informs us that last week’s Central Training was rescheduled to NEXT Sunday, the 12th of January. This training is especially for beginning kendoka, so let’s all attend!
  2. This Saturday is our annual New Year’s buffet! Bring some food for our potluck dinner and join in the fun.

The holiday season

Hi everyone! I hope you are well! It’s december again, so it’s time for the holidays. As always that affects our dojo’s goings-on in a few ways.



Because of the holidays our dojo will be closed on the following dates:

  • 24th of december: Amstelveen closed
  • 28th of december: Almere closed
  • 31st of december: Amstelveen closed
  • 4th of january: Almere closed


Farewell drinks

Unfortunately the Tomokio family will be leaving us for now. We would like to send them off in style, so we’re having farewell drinks on the 14th of december after class (at 18:00)



Like every year, we’ll be holding our New Year’s buffet. This time it’s on january 11th. From 18:00 onwards we’ll share a nice meal to ring in the new year.

The buffet is “pot luck”, so please bring a nice meal to share. Don’t focus on desserts please, as we always have more than enough of those ;)

Shinsa results

Today the last NKR central training of 2013 was held in Sporthallen Zuid, in Amsterdam. It was this year’s last chance to take part in shinsa: kendo examinations.

I would very much like to congratulate Loek Wertwijn-sempai, who achieve his 3rd dan grade today. Great work Loek! Unfortunately I didn’t make shodan myself, so I’ll work extra hard next year!

The training itself was well-visited, with roughly sixty kendoka from all over the country. Unfortunately not too many of our Renshinjuku friends attended. Hopefully we’ll have a larger presence next time!