Alex Bennett has two doctoral degrees in Japanese literature and history from Kyoto University and the University of Canterbury (NZ). He is Associate Professor at Kansai University where he teaches Japanese history, martial arts, and Budo theory. He is Vice President of the International Naginata Federation, International Committee Member of the All Japan Kendo Federation, Director of the Japanese Academy of Budo, and he is Head Coach of the NZ Kendo national team. He co-founded and edits Kendo World, the world's first English-language journal dedicated to Kendo. He holds the black belt grades of Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan, Iaido 5-dan and Naginata 5-dan. He has competed successfully in many international Naginata and Kendo competitions, taking second place in the World Naginata Championships in 2011, and best 8 in the team event at the World Kendo Championships in 2012. His published works include The Bushi Ethos and its Evolution: A Sociological Investigation of Bushido, Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai, Kendo: Culture of the Sword, and numerous translations of Japanese martial arts works.