South Island Kendo Championship


This afternoon I went along to watch Kendo. Kendo is a Japanese sword fighting martial art. I know several kendoka (Kendo practictioners), but this was the first time I had watched competitions. The rounds were three minutes long and quite intense! It’s fast paced and very hard to photograph.

kendo2 kendo3


  • 8 years ago

    Your photos nicely capture the kendo sport! I had the chance to do it back in 1990 when I was teaching English in central Japan but I didn’t! Something about getting hit over the head with a bamboo sword! But now I wish I had tried it!

  • Emma
    8 years ago

    Ooooh very very well done, and kinda frightening!

  • Stephane Boyer
    8 years ago

    I was at the kendo competition this week end. Really nice pictures. The kendo2 I believe is a picture of a colleague kendoka from my club. Any chance to have the file from you?



    • 8 years ago

      Hi Stephane, I’ve just emailed you the originals, they are quite large so should print out nicely.

  • 8 years ago

    The second photo of the sole kendoka is nothing short of brilliant! Fabulous image!

  • David
    8 years ago

    Hi Michelle
    I’m the Kendoka in the second photo (Kendo2) great shot Michelle , many thanks
    Aotearoa Kendo Club

%d bloggers like this: