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What Is Kendo?

What is Kendo?

Kendo, meaning "The Way of the Sword", is based on traditional Japanese swordsmanship and is today a modern Japanese martial art.  Kendo is a unique product of Japanese culture and is an offspring of Kenjutsu, the classical Oriental sword art. 

Kendo is a physically and mentally rigorous activity that combines strong martial arts values with sport-like physical elements. Kendo is a lifelong activity. Age and gender doesn’t matter. The purpose when you practice kendo is not only to improve your techniques but also your mind and physical fitness. Kendo is practiced wearing traditional Japanese clothing and armour (bogu), using one or less commonly two bamboo swords (shinai). 

A practitioner of kendo is called kendoka, "one who practises kendo", but is sometimes also called kenshi which means "swordsman". Kendo is different from European fencing in the way the sword is handled. Kendo employs strikes involving both the edge and tip of the shinai.

Kendo is practiced worldwide and there is more than 6 million people training. In 1970 the International Kendo Federation (FIK) was established and today around 60 national or regional federations are members.  The World Kendo Championships is held every three years since 1970.


Important Links

International Kendo Federation

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