Kendo Girl Shinai Safety Guide: Intro!

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Basic Shinai Safety – Keep All Kenshi Safe!

Tis the season for making sure your shinai is in tip top condition and safe for practicing all year round! It is important for all kenshi to take a look at their shinai carefully before and during each kendo practice or event. Especially in climates where the humidity in the air fluctuates (I am looking at you fellow Midwestern-ers), caring for your shinai is a serious responsibility. By caring for your shinai, you can help avoid injuries to yourself and your kendo friends.

Be on the lookout for …

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  • Splinters or cracks, especially on the monouchi (valid striking area of the shinai)
  • Any wear or tears in the sakigawa (leather tip at the top of the shinai)
  • Loose or frayed tsuru (strings)
  • Untied or loose nakayui (strip of leather holding the tsuru in place on the top of the shinai)
  • Torn or broken tsuka (leather handle at the bottom of the shinai)
  • Anything that could result in the shinai coming apart during use!

With frequent quick checks, you can avoid injuries and keep kendo 100% fun and safe!

Stay tuned for the do’s and don’ts of shinai repair, coming soon!
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5 Fun Facts About the Girl Behind Kendo Girl


Meet Lot, the loud, powerful, confident, and funny kenshi who needed a tiny shinai bag and started a unique textile empire.

5. Lot has practiced kendo for half of her life, since the age of 4.

Lot has been quite serious since day one!

4. Lot’s small-ness led to the launch of Kendo Girl Inc in 2014 due to the need for a super tiny shinai bag and none being available online.

Lot with her first fun size shinai bag and bogu bag

3. Her favorite parts of going to taikai are …  “smiling and hugging all the sensei, pocky sticks, playing with my friends, ramen noodles, and staying at a hotel with a pool”

Lot showing her deep dedication to kendo

2. Lot participated in two tournaments before she started kindergarten. New hashtags emerged such as #kendokindergarten #tinykendo and #minikenshi.

No fear!

1. Lot is a fantastic kendo student, but at times needs a little motivation to go to kendo class.

But don’t we all? 

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