The Kendo Reader, Noma Hisashi (1910-1039) Page 1 of 55)
THE KENDO READER
Noma Hiroshi was born on the 24
April 1910 in Tokyo. His grandfather trainedunder Mori Yoza a famous Bakumatsu swordsman and senior student at the dojo of Chiba Shusaku. His mother who was the eldest daughter of Mori Yoza was a skilledwriter as well as an exponent of Kendo, Kusurigama and especially Naginata. In1924 he enrolled at the Yushinkan dojo where he received instruction from NakayamaHakuda sensei. At the age of 17 he began to receive instruction from MasudaShinsuke. In the same year the Noma dojo was established and Hishashi began theinstruction of children. On the 1
July 1930 aged 21 he was presented with the Kendoseiren award by his highness Prince Nashimoto Miyamori Maso chairman of the dai Niho Butokukai. Also Hisashi began training under Mochida Moriji at the Nomadojo. During 1934 he travelled to Kyoto and other parts of Kansai and Chugokudistricts for special training. In September of that year he entered and won the armyKendo championships. He received the trophy from Shirakawa Yoshinori the armyminister. On 1
March 1935 he was awarded the rank of Renshi. April that year wasspent in Kyushu and in May as Tokyo representative he entered and won thetournament that was held before the emperor in honour of the birth of the crown prince. On 6
July 1937 he was awarded the rank of Kyoshi and on the 7
November of that year he passed away due to illness.When we read the bare outlines of his life, sketched out above we can easilyunderstand that here was a remarkable kendoka who sadly, passed away at the verymoment that he was about to flower with his own deep insight into swordsmanship.But we do have his writings and these are also remarkable for this young man wasable to express himself in a clear and natural manner. He was a born communicator and throughout his book he brings the reader a sense of his natural enthusiasm anddeep love of Kendo. Not only that he constantly refers to famous masters of the pastto keep things on an even keel. He is able to pass on to us an enormous fund of teaching. A legacy that one could only otherwise acquire by placing oneself for manyyears under similar masters.