Today I learned of Gordon Warner who was a breaststroke swimming world record holder and World War II hero where he was deployed to the south pacific where he lost his leg to a tank. He went on to become the highest-ranked westerner in Kendo, the Japanese Sword fighting with only one leg en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
Today I learned of "Japan's hardest test", the Kendo 8th dan Judgement Test. Held twice each year, less than 1% ever pass. Out of ~200 million Kendo swordsmen in the country, less than 400 have achieved 8th dan. youtube.com/watch?v=ylpdy…
It is more difficult to attain the highest grade in Kendo than to become a surgeon or lawyer in Japan youtube.com/watch?v=ylpdy…
The Hachi-dan test (the 8th degree level test) for Kendo is one of the hardest martial arts level to achieve of all Japanese arts with only 400 Hachi-Dans TOTAL since inception, with millions of practitioners worldwide. youtube.com/watch?v=MXMfP…
Rurouni Kenshin series creator Nobuhiro Watsuki was a kendo practitioner who never won a match. He also mentored (as a manga artist) One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
Nestled within the ubiquitous Law and Order "dun dun" sound effect, which combines roughly six to seven different sounds, is the sound of 500 Japanese men stomping their feet on a wooden floor nydailynews.com/entertain…

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