Jukendo & Tankendo

Jukendo and its subsidiary budo, tankendo, fall under the auspices of the All Japan Jukendo Federation (AJJF).

They were respectively created during the Meiji and Taisho eras and were a component of the modernization of the Japanese army. At first, jukenjutsu was taught in Japan by French officers, but Japanese soldiers were not satisfied with some elements of Western bayonet fencing. They soon introduced techniques derived from sojutsu (Japanese spear) and footworks and methodology closer to Japanese martial arts such as kendo.

Jukendo was further refined after the Japanese experience in the Russo-Japanese War at the beginning of the 20th century. It is also from that experience that their close quarters combat (CQC) system evolved into what is now known as tankendo, using the bayonet in hand, dismounted from the rifle. The army felt that a technical rationale was needed for the bayonet to be used effectively in close quarters combat (CQC) and soon developed an hybrid system which would incorporate short sword technical techniques, notably that of the Toda-ryu.

Jukendo photos

Both jukendo and tankendo include training in fundamentals (kiso), basic and applied techniques (kihon and oyo waza), kakari-geiko, ji-geiko, shiai and kata. There are 5 different sets of kata which use both weapons and also the military sabre: mokuju (bayonet on rifle) tai mokuju (8), mokuju tai tanken (bayonet in hand) (6), mokuju tai to (sabre) (6), tanken tai tanken (8) and finally, tanken tai to (6). All those kata provide an interesting outlook on Japanese CQC, which is mainly based on thrusting and constitute a rather exceptional system.

An unusual characteristic of tankendo is the use of grappling techniques with the left hand while stabbing with the right one.
In isshu-jiai, the tanken often beats the juken. It teaches a lot about maai (distance), hyoshi (rhythm), and sutemi (attack with commitment) and is thus something worth studying for kendo practitioners. Especially suited to kendo enthusiasts is tankendo: the equipment is almost the same, some techniques are similar and tankendo provides new and flexible responses to a very wide variety of situations which usually occur during kendo matches. On the other hand, jukendo, which is quite an impressive and powerful martial art, is usually more difficult to learn because its apparent simplicity hides in fact a very deep level of refinement and minute details that take many years to master.

Tankendo photos

All Events Calendar

december

14dec10:0012:00VKIJF - Kendo Regional Training10:00 - 12:00 Sportcentrum De Witte Molen, Azalealaan 29Event Type :Kendo

14dec12:0013:00BKR Kendo – Regional TrainingOnly from 2nd Dan - Hall G312:00 - 13:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Kendo

17dec(dec 17)09:0022(dec 22)17:00ABKF Winter Seminar 2019With gradings from 1st Dan up to 5th Dan09:00 - 17:00 (22) ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Kendo / Iaido / Jodo,Kendo / Iaido / Jodo Gradings

january

04jan08:0011:00ABKF Kendo National Team Training08:00 - 11:00 ULB - Building E2, Hall 2, 50, avenue franklin RooseveltEvent Type :Kendo

11jan(jan 11)14:0012(jan 12)14:0011th Godo Keikokai 202014:00 - 14:00 (12) ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Kendo

26jan09:0013:00VKIJF Iaido / Jodo Regional Training09:00 - 13:00 Sporthal Tolhuis, Tolhuislaan 77Event Type :Iaido,Jodo

february

01feb08:0011:00ABKF Kendo National Team Training08:00 - 11:00 ULB - Building E2, Hall 2, 50, avenue franklin RooseveltEvent Type :Kendo

09feb09:0014:00BKR Iaido – Regional training09:00 - 14:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

22feb(feb 22)09:3023(feb 23)16:30Women In Iaido Seminar, 3rd Edition09:30 - 16:30 (23) Hall des Sports ULB Erasme - Bâtiment O, Route de Lennik 808, 1070 Event Type :Iaido

march

07mar08:0011:00ABKF Kendo National Team Training08:00 - 11:00 ULB - Building E2, Hall 2, 50, avenue franklin RooseveltEvent Type :Kendo

15mar09:0014:00BKR Iaido – Regional training09:00 - 14:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

22mar09:0013:00VKIJF Iaido / Jodo Regional Training09:00 - 13:00 Sporthal Tolhuis, Tolhuislaan 77Event Type :Iaido,Jodo

april

04apr08:0011:00ABKF Kendo National Team Training08:00 - 11:00 ULB - Building E2, Hall 2, 50, avenue franklin RooseveltEvent Type :Kendo

26apr09:0013:00VKIJF Iaido / Jodo Regional Training09:00 - 13:00 Sporthal Tolhuis, Tolhuislaan 77Event Type :Iaido,Jodo

may

09may08:0011:00ABKF Kendo National Team Training08:00 - 11:00 ULB - Building E2, Hall 2, 50, avenue franklin RooseveltEvent Type :Kendo

17may09:0017:30ABKF BIC 2020 - Belgium Iaido Championships 2020With gradings from 1st Dan up to 4th Dan09:00 - 17:30 Hall des Sports ULB Erasme - Bâtiment O, Route de Lennik 808, 1070 Event Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

24may09:0013:00VKIJF Iaido / Jodo Regional Training09:00 - 13:00 Sporthal Tolhuis, Tolhuislaan 77Event Type :Iaido,Jodo

june

06jun08:0011:00ABKF Kendo National Team Training08:00 - 11:00 ULB - Building E2, Hall 2, 50, avenue franklin RooseveltEvent Type :Kendo

07jun09:0014:00BKR Iaido – Regional training09:00 - 14:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

28jun09:0013:00VKIJF Iaido / Jodo Regional Training09:00 - 13:00 Sporthal Tolhuis, Tolhuislaan 77Event Type :Iaido,Jodo

august

28aug(aug 28)20:0030(aug 30)16:00ABKF Iaido Summer Seminar 202020:00 - 16:00 (30) Centre Sportif Blocry, Place des Sports 1, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

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