Kendo (Way of the sword) descended from Japanese swordsmanship and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bōgu).
Kendo combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity. The kendōka (a practitioner of Kendo) use a shout (kiai), to express their fighting spirit when striking. Kendo techniques comprise both strikes and thrusts. Strikes are only made towards specified target areas on the wrists, head, or body, all of which are protected by armour.
Kendo gives an excellent cardiovascular and core body workout. It improves general fitness, co-ordination, agility and speed.
Kendo students will learn/attain:
- Improved fitness
- Improved co-ordination
- more confidence
- Improved balance
- Improved posture
- Improved reaction time
Training in Kendo begins at 13 years.
Checkout the video from Japan’s National Broadcaster, NHK as they discuss the concepts and show Kendo in action.