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& sterke wil

Train met een open hart
& sterke wil

Train met overgave
& motivatie

Train met overgave
& motivatie

Train met een open hart
& sterke wil

Train met een open hart
& sterke wil

Train met overgave
& motivatie

Train met overgave
& motivatie

Train met een open hart
& sterke wil

Train met overgave
& motivatie


Annual Meeting & Clubtournament

The annual meeting will be held February 21st this year and a club tournament will be held directly after, giving the members an opportunity to compete against one another.

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Annual meeting
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
  • 13:00 – 17:00 Tournament
  • 19:30 Dinner at Kimchi (Rabbijn Maarsenplein)

You can sign up for the tournament and/or dinner by sending an e-mail to Eric or Sjoerd.

You’ve all received an e-mail with the exact details and documents.

First a Fight, Then a Bite

On Saturday February 7th at 11:45, quite a few Kendo Kai Den Haag kenshi gathered at the dojo to set off together to Amersfoort for ‘First a Fight, Then a Bite’ with Mokuseikan. The day started well as Sjoerd and Rapheal actually were on time for a change and the whole group could leave at the scheduled time.

Once we arrived we quickly put on our hakama and gi and of course put on our bogu as well. The beginners without bogu were hoisted into the clubbogu and additional Bogu Chretien brought along. After a brief explanation by Patrick (Mokuseikan) and the necessary formalities and warm up the two poules of beginners began their matches. Stan and Jasper fought well but unfortunately only Jasper advanced to the quarterfinals where he had to face Tristan. It was a beautiful match and although Jasper gave it his all Tristan prevailed and went on to the finals where he won first place. Jasper achieved a third place in his first ever shiai. The tournament was a great way for both Kendo Kai Den Haag kenshi to experience shiai for the first time.

In the other group of kenshi there were no fewer than six pools. We made use of a K&W factor. An ippon was worth less the higher ones grade is. For example, a Nidan who made an ippon got only 0.8 point, an ippon made by a 5th kyu was worth 2 points. This gave everyone a chance to fight his way to the knockout phase. The first two kenshi of the group went on anyway, the four best number threes also went through.

Everyone from Kendo Kai Den Haag and Mokuseikan fought for what they were worth. We saw great fights with sometimes very surprising results. After many shiai there were 16 men, or actually 15 men and one miss who went on to the knockout stage of the tournament. After completion, the quarter-finals were held followed by the semifinals where Rapheal took on Chrétien and Sjoerd took on Rogier (Mokuseikan). They were both very exciting shiai where eventually Rapheal and Sjoerd managed to defeat their opponents. The matches were close and they both only managed to make just one valid ippon on their opponent. They both progressed to the final round. Another exciting shiai, Rapheal took the lead but Sjoerd was able to even things out by also making an ippon. After a small delay the shiai started again and Rapheal scored a debana kote and thus claimed the first place during the first ever ‘First a Fight, Then a Bite’ event between Kendo Kai Den Haag and Mokuseikan.

During the presentation of the first prizes to Tristan and Rapheal the Fighting Spirit price winners were also announced.

In the beginners group Stefan from Mokuseikan was the much deserved winner.

In the other group, the Fighting Spirit prize went to Ghiven from Kendo Kai Den Haag.

This brought an end to the first part of the day and after having gone through the necessary formalities, the day continued in the All you can eat and drink restaurant. After a nice dinner we still had energy left to serenade Joris (KKDH), despite the fact that is was his birthday he was still present at the event. It was a very nice day with great fights, great food and a lot of new friends. For the majority of kenshi having to be a shinpan was a new and welcome experience. Mokuseikan, we’ll see you next year in The Hague for ‘First a Fight, then a Bite II’ .
Group photo


Not pictured but present nonetheless were Grace,  Joran and Suraya who couldn’t participate because they were injured. Thank you for joining in on the fun anyway and taking pictures the whole day.

Ishido cup

Last weekend a large number of iai- and jodoka gathered in Utrecht where the Ishido Cup was held. The Ishido Cup is an annual event with seminars, competitions and exams. A significant number of members of Kendo Kai Hague were present and they’ve have achieved some great results.

Baur managed to secure second place in the mudan division.

Nicolas managed to achieve first place in the yondan division, extra impressive when you realize that this is his first time participating in this division.

Binh took the yondan exam, and aced it!

The other members put up a good fight but unfortunately  missed the podium by an inch. Congratulations to you all. 

The full results can be found on the Facebook page of the NKR (Dutch Kendo Federation).

National exams

Last Sunday national exams were held during the kendo central training.  The exam was a true massacre but Bennie and Rapheal were well prepared because of the in-house exams that were held the day before and they did a terrific job.    With a nice 100% score for Kendo Kai Den Haag we returned home. Bennie is now Ikkyu and Rapheal Shodan.

Congratulations guys!


In-house grading

Last Saturday, concurrently with the completion of the beginner courses, the in-house exams were held. Practitioners of all disciplines could  take an exam(this was of course free of charge). A lot of mudansha attended and even though the results varied everyone did very well. 

We would like to congratulate all graduates wholeheartedly with obtaining their kyu grade. We hope the feedback can provide you with some goals for your road to ikkyu.

Mudan Tournament Iaido results

Last Sunday was a successful day. The atmosphere was pleasant, the experience you get in participating in these kind of tournament for the participants and judges are tremendous. There were also iaidoka's who came from Belgium and each of them came home with prizes. One of them also had won the first prize in his pool. Two of our members Marcin Boratynski (his first tournament ever) and Baurzhan Murzamadigev (second time) also had a succesful day.

Results own pool tournament and for a single kata battle.
Marcin Boratynski: Pool: 3rd place/ Single kata: 3rd place
Baurzhan Murzamadigev: Pool: 1st place (last year also 1st place) / Single Kata: 3rd place

See you all again at the Ishidocup!

さようなら / sayōnara

Register for iaido-mudan tournament and judgingseminar 2014-10-30

Dear iaidoka,

Each year, Tomo no Kai dojo in cooperation with the NKR, organise a tournament for iaidoka who do not have the 1st-Dan. The whole event is aimed for a fun and experience way with iaido in a competitive form. Afterwards there will be a short training where you can get personal feedback from the referees.

Of course, this is also an excellent preparation for exams. In short: a must for any mudan in iaido!

The tournament is on Sunday, November 30th, in the afternoon. In the morning there is as usual a seminar for (applicant-)referees from 3rd-Dan and higher up, who then learn how to referee and can use this referee practice in your tournament.

More information can be found below in 2 PDF files. (How ever it's originally written in dutch language). Note the deadline for both events are on: November 15th.


Important! Only way to register? Read 1 of the documents below of your interest and e-mail to the given e-mail address

Document 1 Participant
document 2 Referee



Aad van de Wijngaart
TC jodo/iaido NKR

Walk-in day photo’s en video’s 2014-09-13

Dear members and guests,

Last Saturday was a fun and educational day. You can see on the photos and videos that everyone enjoyed it. Thank you all and who knows for the interested we hope to see you in our dojo for the beginner courses or a trial lesson.

Click on one of the links to see the photos and video (a new window will open): Kendo, Jodo, Iaido

Beginnerscourse Kendo Jodo Iaido 2014-09-20

This year we organize at Kendo Kai Den Haag various beginners courses. For all three disciplines that can be done with us starts on September 20th, a 10-week beginners course with an exam in the 11th week. Click on the links for more information on these courses. We hope to see you soon in our dojo.

Beginners course


Walk-in day 2013-09-13

Always wanted to experience how ancient Japanese martial arts (budo) translate into the 21st century? Come to the Walk in day of Kendo Kai Den Haag.
On september the 13th Kendo Kai Den Haag will demonstrate these three budo and will give you the opportunity to immediately experience these budo first hand during various workshops.

More Info