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In November 2014, Yuya Takenouchi becanme the youngest ever winner of the All Japan Kendo Championships. Having started Kendo at the age of 3, he went on to win a string of national tournaments as he grew, not only taking the All Japan title, but also going on to represent Japan at the 16th World Kendo Championships. Upon his selection for the Japanese team being decided, we invited Takenouchi to colloborate with the Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co., Ltd. to design his very own signature Bogu set. The result is JIKORYU - and now, it is also available to you.
This video features All Japan Champion Yuya Takenouchi and his meeting with The Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co.,Ltd. (Japanese only)
Manufactured by Japan's only workshop capable of producing 100% MADE IN JAPAN Kendogu, JIKORYU is reinforced using genuine Japanese ‘Aizome’ dyed Orizashi cotton, #10,000 grade cotton, and premium cuts of genuine 'Aizome' dyed deerskin. A new style of Futon construction, available for the first time commercially, make JIKORYU not only lightweight, but also extremely shapeable and comfortable. Further, the 6mm 'Koushizashi' (grid-pattern double-stitching) the Futon offers a revolutionary level of comfort, flexibility and durability. Essentially, stitches run through the Futon both vertically and horizontally, providing a flexible, yet strong framework. Based on the design of the popular RYOUGA, JIKORYU's appearance is truly is iconic, thanks to it being based around its domestic predecessor - HAKKOU JIRUSHI - popular amongst some of Japan's most famous competitors and teachers.
Men : 1,375g
Kote : 450g
Do : 1,450g
Tare : 705g
Total approximate weight : 3,980g
JIKORYU offers a fully made to order, made in Japan option for those looking for a premium quality Bogu set, that is suitable for literally all occasions. Utilizing the very best quality materials, JIKORYU is soft and flexible, lightweight, and extremely durable. Unique to the JIKORYU is the implementation of both a new Futon construction, and also stitching method. Not only does JIKORYU feature diagonal Koushizashi stitching on the Mendare, to give extra comfort, the overall 6mm Fine-Koushizashi stitching - equivalent to around 2.0 bu in traditional terms - gives excellent flexibility, and at the same time optimum durability. Fine-Koushizashi is where the stitches are applied in a grid-pattern, as with regular Koushizashi, however, the length of the seach of the stitches is reduced to 2mm. This mayu seem counter-intuitive in an age of longer stitches, providing more flexibility and comfort, however, thanks to the newly designed super-soft Futon, these short stitches provide the extra bit of rigidity needed in order to give the ability to shape the Bogu perfectly - without sacrificing comfort. Further, the shorter stitch length gives improved durability, making JIKORYU the most durable Bogu set from the Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co., Ltd. to date. Finally, the diagonal cut applied to the Mendare, and the Tare panels add to the sharp, yet dignified overall appearance.
The JIKORYU Men is completely made to order to your exact sizes, using high quality Shoai-zome cotton, and top-grade genuine 'Aizome' deerskin for the reinforcements. The design is simplistic overall, and features diagonal 'Koushi-Nanamezashi' stitching on the Mendare, for excellent comfort, as well as accurate shaping. The MUGEN Original Mengane is an originally designed Mengane, featuring an improved balance, giving improved lateral vision, and has reinforced Titanium bars in the strike zone. This gives the optimum balance of being lightweight, and also extremely strong. Further, the Mengane is coated with an original high-gloss coating, which strengthens the surface, preventing chips, cracks and dents. Finally the MUGEN Original Mengane is finished with matte grey on the inside, giving a cool and discreet outlook.
Utilizing our original 'Infinity Grip' technology, JIKORYU Kote present the culmination of generations of expertise in crafting premium Kendo equipment. The JIKORYU Kote are made, not only to your EXACT sizes and specifications, but they are made to – what we believe – to be the optimum design, allowing an unparalleled level of comfort, and ease of use. The full Orizashi design makes the Kote lightweight, and quick drying. Ultra soft bleached white deerskin palms are used, allowing for extreme comfort, and an accurate feel of the Shinai. Further, the 6mm Koushizashi stitching gives excellent protection, and unbeatable durability.
As with the other parts, the JIKORYU Tare is reinforced using genuine Japanese ‘Aizome’ dyed Orizashi #10,000 cotton, top-grade genuine ‘Aizome’ deerskin. Further, advancements have been made to the Mae-Obi, which now also features a diagonal cut at the side, helping the Tare sit in a visually pleasing manner when worn.
Every set of JIKORYU comes with a top-quality Genuine Urushi 60pc 'Roiro' Black Madake (Bamboo) Do-dai, though this colour can be changed to other colours FREE OF CHARGE.
MADE IN MIYAZAKI, JAPAN by The Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co., Ltd.
IMPORTANT – PLEASE BE AWARE THAT EACH SET OF MUGEN SERIES DELUXE KENDOGU IS MADE INDIVIDUALLY, FROM SCRATCH, FOR EACH ORDER. NO CORNERS ARE CUT IN PRODUCTION OF THE MUGEN SERIES, AND WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON THE QUALITY WE OFFER. THIS QUALITY REQUIRES TIME. PRODUCTION OF JIKORYU IS DEPENDANT ON THE WORKLOAD OF OUR CRAFTSMEN, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF THE REQUIRED MATERIALS, HOWEVER, IN GENERAL, PRODUCTION IS CURRENTLY ESTIMATED AT 10 to 12 WEEKS.
All prices are in USD