Kendo is Life
Truly International Service
KendoStar International is partnered with Mikatsuki Budogi - an established Kendo shop in Saga prefecture that is popular with many of Japan's top-level Kendoka, including participants of the All Japan Kendo Championships, as well as many famous 8th Dan Sensei.
Thanks to this partnership, KendoStar International is able to operate on a truly international scale. We currently have distribution centers in Japan, and in the United Kingdom, allowing us to ship orders to anywhere in the world at incredible speed.
All orders from the E.U. & United Kingdom will be shipped from our U.K. distribution center. This means that your order is delivered to you, without additional import or customs charges.
The KendoStar Brand
In 2009 Andy moved to Japan, and whilst continuing to enjoy tournament success on the Japanese circuit, he began his career in the world of Kendo supplies. Since then he has become one of the few native English-speaking Kendogu professionals, and dedicates himself to learning everything there is to know about Budogu, so that he can provide honest and informative help and advice to practitioners around the world. Currently based back in the UK, Andy is spearheading the opening first KendoStar international office and shipping centre, outside of Japan.
Why Choose KendoStar?
Unbeatable Service -
The service you will receive at KendoStar International will be overseen by Kendogu Professional, Andy Fisher. Andy has made a name for himself within the Kendogu industry for providing an unparalleled, unbeatable level of service to his customers. Extensive knowledge, combined with a direct relationship with Japan's top craftsmen means that you can trust Andy and his team to handle your orders and inquiries with complete professionalism, as well with extreme promptitude. Thanks to this, we are able to provide you with a level of service that our rivals simply cannot compete with.
Genuine Quality direct from Japan -
By choosing to shop at KendoStar International you are assured of the finest quality Kendo good available. We have sourced the most skilled craftsmen, the best materials, and most reliable workshops available - and we adhere to a standard that accepts only the very best. The quality of the products we offer is without rival, and is attested by the popularity of our products with top level competitors, both in Japan, and around the world. You can be assured that your order will be organized with care, and shipped to you at the earliest convenience, directly from Japan.
Exceptional Value -
Not only are our products exceptional in terms of quality, but they are also exceptional in terms of value. It is commonplace for Japanese Kendogu suppliers to aggressively inflate their prices, especially when presenting them to their international customers. It can even be seen that even basic specification equipment is priced at a premium, simply because it has the term ‘Japan’ or ‘Japanese’ applied to it. We are passionately opposed to this practice of over-pricing, and our goal is to increase the spread of Kendo through making good quality, safe equipment affordable for all. Therefore, we are committed to providing the lowest possible prices, for even premium quality products.
Designed with you in Mind -
The practice of Kendo in Japan, is somewhat different to how it is in the rest of the world. In Japan, the majority of Kendoka are youngsters, even below the age of 18, and are very heavily focussed on competition. Further, most have started kendo during their early childhood years, and have no memory of how it was to wear the Bogu for the first time. They have already developed a good cutting technique, and injuries from hard-hitting, overly powerful strikes are very rare. Outside of Japan, however, where many people begin Kendo later in life, we encounter different problems, and have different requirements. Where young Japanese competitors require lightweight equipment, that compromises protection, this can present itself as a danger for those of us practicing around the world. Therefore, caution must be taken when selecting a Bogu set from a Japanese supplier. Our products are especially designed and curated with the the needs of Kendoka outside of Japan in mind. Although we also cater to your competitive needs, we specifically look to provide equipment that prioritizes safety and comfort, and fits the needs of the international Kendo community.
Developing international Kendo -
Our goal is to contribute to the spread of Kendo by proving top-quality, affordable equipment, that is safe to use, and reliable. Further, KendoStar International is a direct patron of The Kendo Show, one of the internet's most popular media outlets for the study of Kendo. Through instructional, and thought provoking videos, The Kendo Show aims to develop the international participation of Kendo, by spreading knowledge, that has previously been difficult to acquire outside of Japan. Every order with us goes towards funding the production of The Kendo Show, and means that you are doing your bit to help increase the international spread of the art we love. More information about The Kendo Show can be found here - http://www.youtube.com/c/TheKendoShow