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Tribute to Hirokata OOTA sensei

Hiokata OOTA sensei passed away on 26 June 2021, age 107.

In this video, sensei gives his profound insight and interpretation of Kendo and kendo practise.

The video was produced by Mitsubishi Motors for their 100 year anniversary. No copyright infringement is intended.

Transcript of sensei's speech:


I believe that all the world starts with love and end with love.

I want to conduct life with love.

It's said that kendo starts with a bow and ends with a bow.

We draw a circle at my dojo. Young must respect the elder.

True kendo is not about winning or losing but the importance is raising children in a pure and proper manner.

Moreover, I feel that he most important thing is for them to go out in the world and do something impressive.

That is the basis of kendo.

Kaizen is such an important thing.

It's important to carry on forever and win with effort,

Believe in yourself and better yourself.

That's what's important.

Kendo without love is no good.

It's about building a human.

I will improve and continue with kendo in the future.

I am Hirokata OOTA.

Born October 5th, 1914.

102 years old.

I still have a long way to go with kendo.


Thank you for the invaluable life lesson, sensei.

May you rest in peace and love....


The Rivonia Kendo Club (RKC) train the traditional Japanese martial arts of Kendo and Iaido (sword-based martial arts), as well as Jodo(the art of the short staff/stick), that encourages the cultivation of the human character.

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