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

august

26aug(aug 26)20:0028(aug 28)16:00ABKF Iaido Summer SeminarABKF Iaido Summer Seminar and Examinations until 5th dan20:00 - 16:00 (28) CET Centre Sportif Blocry, Place des Sports 1, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

27aug(aug 27)09:0028(aug 28)16:00ABKF Kendo Summer SeminarABKF Kendo Summer Seminar and Examinations until 5th dan09:00 - 16:00 (28) CET ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Kendo,Kendo Grading

september

10sep12:0013:00BKR Kendo – Regional training12:00 - 13:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Kendo

18sep09:0014:00BKR Iaido – Regional training09:00 - 14:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

25sep09:0013:00VKIJF regional training - Jodo09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Jodo

october

08oct12:0013:00BKR Kendo – Regional training12:00 - 13:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Kendo

23oct09:0014:00BKR Iaido – Regional training09:00 - 14:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

30oct09:0013:00VKIJF Iaido - Regional Training09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido

november

12nov12:0013:00BKR Kendo – Regional training12:00 - 13:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Kendo

27nov09:0013:00VKIJF regional training - Jodo09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Jodo

december

10dec12:0013:00BKR Kendo – Regional training12:00 - 13:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Kendo

january

15jan09:0014:00BKR Iaido – Regional training09:00 - 14:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

22jan09:0013:00VKIJF Iaido - Regional Training09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido

february

26feb09:0013:00VKIJF regional training - Jodo09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Jodo

march

12mar09:0014:00BKR Iaido – Regional training09:00 - 14:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

26mar09:0013:00ABKF Iaido Seminar + Referee Seminar09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

april

30apr09:0013:00ABKF National Jodo Training + EJC Selection09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Jodo

may

21may10:0018:00ABKF BIC 2023 - Belgium Iaido Championships 2023With gradings from 1st Dan up to 4th Dan10:00 - 18:00 Event Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

june

04jun09:0013:00ABKF Iaido Seminar + EIC Selection09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido

11jun09:0014:00BKR Iaido – Regional training09:00 - 14:00 ADEPS - Auderghem, Chaussée de Wavre 2057, 1160 Auderghem, BelgiumEvent Type :Iaido,Iaido Grading

25jun09:0013:00VKIJF regional training - Jodo09:00 - 13:00 Sportcenter Horizon, Ternat, Bodegemstraat 12, 1740 Ternat, BelgiumEvent Type :Jodo

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