The Blue Label has been specifically designed for kendo training. Developed in response to the requests and requirements of kendo-ka in Japan's special police forces, the ‘pillow-like’ futon across the entire 12mm machine stitch set offers exceptional protection.

Our customers demand a high level of protection, and as such, we knew that simply increasing the rigidity of bōgu in order to improve protection was not an option. Instead we chose to produce a set with a wider stitch that accentuated the padding of the futon. The finished product is a light weight, durable, and comfortable set, with a totally unique look – exactly what our customers and friends at the police requested when this bōgu was designed.

All items of the Blue Label set have also been created with the rigors of training in mind. For instance, the  12mm futon enables one to stand in the motodachi position for longer, as it provides a huge reduction in the impact of strikes. Further, just as the kote featured in the Red Label and White Label, the Blue Label kote are proudly made in Japan according to the exact size specified by the customer. This ensures the best possible fit right from the start. The minimised kazari stitching and orizashi design further ensures superb control over the shinai.

The flexibility provided by the wide stitching in the Blue Label set ensures excellent a range of movement and a level of protection second to none. As a custom made set it provides a fit and level of comfort that similarly priced ‘off-the-shelf-items’ cannot offer. As each item in this set is built from scratch for every customer, please expect an 18-20 week wait from the date of payment until the date of dispatch.

Please note, due to the custom nature of this kendogu, we require customers to provide photos of where they measure. Click here for instructions on how to measure your body for this custom made set of kendogu.  

*In order to provide an even better custom fit of out handmade kote, we have added two more measurements ('L' and 'M')! Please click here for measuring instructions.


Purpose Superior padding and protection for training and motodachi
Stitch Width 12mm machine stitch
Stitch Style Naname
Cotton Grade #4,000 grade
Custom Ago Included in list price
Dye Aizome
Himo Katauchi aizome
Men-bōshi Orizashi
Men-gane Duralumin
Trim Fukuro-nui
Uchiwa Cotton
Purpose Superior padding and protection for training and motodachi
Stitch Width (futon) 12mm machine stitch
Cotton Grade #4,000 grade
Cut/Shape "Kazutaka Cut"
Dye Aizome
Filling (fist) Deer hair
Fist Material Orizashi standard (leather also available)
Produced Hand made in Japan
Tenouchi Four options available
Trim Fujioka deer skin
Purpose Superior padding and protection for training and motodachi
Custom Dō-dai Plus US$55
Custom Dō-mune Included in list price
Dō-dai Type Synthetic imitation 50 piece
Dō-mune Leather Kata-oshi kurozan leather
Himo Katauchi aizome
Trim Kiri-panashi
Purpose Superior padding and protection for training and motodachi
Stitch Width 12mm machine stitch
Cotton Grade #4,000 grade
Decoration Gaku-zashi
Dye Aizome
Himo #4,000 grade cotton with regular shape
Number of Bars 4 bars (XL size is 5 bars)
Trim Synthetic leather

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Blue Label Bōgu Set

  • Product Code: blue-label-bogu-set
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $1,400.00

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