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Kendo's purpose.

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In todays' emphasis on competition, and winning in kendo I fear that all to many people have lost sight of the true reason and purpose for practicing kendo.  We can have many excuses for doing so...but in the end we must come back to:


or else we may as well call what we do stick sports.


What is kendo

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What is Kendo?


Kendo, is the art of Japanese fencing. "Ken" or tsurugi is from the character meaning sword. The character for "Do" or michi includes the meaning way or path which translates as "The way of the sword". A path in life which is followed through the training of kendo.

It is a martial art that involves physical development, mental and spiritual development, and sport-like competition.

Basically, kendo involves the use of some sort of sword or "shinai", body armor or "bogu", a face mask or "men", and clothing for underneath (the top is called a "gi" and bottom is called a "hakama"). Most parts are made specific for kendo, but some can be used for other martial arts. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 12:35

Kendo Creed

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 Kendo Creed published by the International Kendo Federation:


The concept of Kendo is:

To discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana.
The purpose of practicing Kendo is:

To mold the mind and body, To cultivate a vigorous spirit, To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor, To associate with others with sincerity, To forever pursue the cultivation of one's self, And through correct and rigid training, to strive for improvement in the art of Kendo. 


Therefore from kendo we hope to learn:

  • Proper ways to interact with others.
  • Continuous concentration as we aspire and reach towards goals.
  • Total commitment to what is right.
  • How to become contributing members of society.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2008 21:08

Kendo Equipment

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Kendo Equipment


Kendo equipment consists of the swords, uniform and armor.


Two types of wooden swords are used.


  • The bokken or bokuto, a solid wood sword made of oak or another suitable hardwood. The bokken is used for basics and forms practice (kata). 
  • The shinai, is made up of four bamboo staves and leather. The shinai is used for full contact sparring practice. 


The uniform or dogi consists of woven cotton top called a keikogi and pleated skirt-like trousers called a hakama.

The armor or bogu consists of four pieces: the helmet (men), the body protector (do), the gloves (ko-te), and the hip and groin protector (ta-re).  While the equipment provides protection against the strikes and thrusts received in kendo practice, it is light enough to allow free movement.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2008 21:05

Kendo Practice

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Kendo Practice


Kendo is a vigorous martial art. In most kendo practices you will be in motion continuously for the entire practice. This sort of continuous practice contributes to a healthy life full of vigor and also helps build stamina, endurance, quick reflexes, speed, strength, and decisiveness.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2008 21:08
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