The Oshu Kendo Renmei: A History of British and European Kendo (1885-1974)
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The Ōshū Kendo Renmei documents kendo’s beginnings and status quo in the United Kingdom, its unfold into Europe, and the formation of the Ōshū Kendo Renmei, forerunner to the European Kendo Federation. It explores the link with the United Kingdom’s judo clubs, namely the Budokwai and the Anglo Japanese Jujutsu and Martial Arts Association (later referred to as the Anglo Japanese Judo Club), that were instrumental in kendo’s introduction in the United Kingdom.
With extensive observation by Roald Knutsen, probably the most UK’s kendo pioneers, it also profiles the efforts of others such as Horie Etsuko, R.A. Lidstone, Ōsaki Shintarō and Okimitsu Fujii.
Outside of the United Kingdom, The Ōshū Kendo Renmei examines the contributions of such other people as Hungarian Count Robert von Sandor, Jacques Dupont, Alain Floquet and Shiga Tadakatsu as they sought to ascertain kendo in Europe and aim for the root of a European governing body.
The efforts of the All Japan Kendo Federation and prominent Japanese instructors in promoting kendo in the United Kingdom and Europe also are documented.