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Orizashi Tornado-stitch® Kendo Kote
Orizashi Tornado-stitch Kendo Kote

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Our Price: ¥29,800.00

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Product Code: 183-NK10110

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What is Tornado-stitch®?

Tozando has received many comments about our products from Kenshi during the years. One of the common comments from Sensei of school students being:

"If only there was a Kote which didn't hurt..."

Because of this, we have long been researching about Kote futon which excels in absorbing impacts from getting hit, for example during motodachi.

Only making the futon thicker or harder would not make a good Kote. To make a Kote which stands up Tozando standards, we needed to make something different, and from extensive research and efforts, we came to a conclusion.

We created a special, never-seen-before, type of stitching on the Kote futon which would effectively absorb any impact and crate a Kote where it doesn't hurt to get hit.

Taking our first prototype to certain well known Kendo Sensei. He noted that with this Kote it wouldn't hurt to get hit, and even advised us that it would be useful if the stitches of the Kote were made with an angle. Since this way you would be able to confirm if the Shinai is hitting the Kote correctly or not by looking at the angle of the Shinai against the Kote.

This was the birth of the Tozando's Tornado-stitch® Kote.

In the subsequent tests we found that the Tornado-stitch® significantly reduced the pain associated with getting hit during Keiko practice in all areas. By stuffing the knuckles of the Kote with deer fur, there is also extra protection for your fist.

With this, we managed to fulfill the wishes of many instructing Sensei around Japan, and now it's time to introduce the Tozando advantage to the world also.

This is the Tozando Tornado-stitch®.

This Orizashi model is made for people who use their Kote regularly. The palm is made with hand-punched high quality deerskin that provides superior air circulation. Together with the Sillead lining inside, this Kote is a light and quick-drying Kote recommended for people who train a lot. Handmade to order.

The Deluxe Indigo-dyed Deerskin version is also available.

Tornado-stitch® - Tozando Patented design, 2016

If you are interested in customized version of this Tornado-stitch® Kote, you may also want to check Kendo Kote Workshop.

The following is a interview with Mr. Fukumoto Shuji,
the Vice President of the All Japan Kendo Federation about the Tornado-stitch Kote:

PLEASE NOTE: We intentionally design our Kote to sometimes feel a little tight at first. This is normal, and they are made this way to help them conform to the exact size and shape of your hands when broken in.
  • Tornado-stitch® Futon
    Orizashi Atama
    Deluxe Smoked Deerskin Palm Leather
    Sillead lining inside for comfort
    Proudly made in Japan
    Patent Pending 2014-4504

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Very protective February 8, 2017
Reviewer: Travis Stronach from Minneapolis, Minnesota United States  
I'm about 10 practices in and so far so good. They are very protective against strong strikes. It took me about 4 or 5 practices to break them in. Excellent for keiko.

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  42 of 42 people found the following review helpful:
Great for Instructors! January 6, 2017
Reviewer: Francois St-Germain  
I bought a pair of Tornado-stitch in April 2016. I was very happy in September when I knew that i am winning a pair of Tornado Kote. I used a lot of Kote since I start Kendo. For me the main goal of Kote is to protect and this is exactly what Tornado-stitch Kote do. As an instructor of Kendo I can enjoy Keiko with my students.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent December 31, 2015
Reviewer: KA from Boekhoute-Belgium  
very fast delivery (3 working days) to Europe-Belgium. Very good quality.
also very light (200gr)
The tornado-stitch breaks the blow on the wrist very well!
Very happy customer

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Very good September 3, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Mexico  
High quality Kote, the materials are very good, good protection, excellent service from Tozando, thank you very much!

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  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
1st Review for Torando Stitch Orizashi Kote May 28, 2014
Reviewer: S. Walker from VA  
I saw these kote originally advertised in kendo jidai and the futon design stood out. The futon comfortably absorbed impact and provides more protection without being overly thick.  If you like Mokkei but want more protection without sacrificing flexibility and ease of applying tenouchi then these kote are a good fit. The hand punched kote holes are bigger than micro punch holes. I've had no issues with the kote palm but it was a surprise.

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