What is Kendo
Kendo is a Japanese form of fencing with two-handed bamboo swords, originally developed as a safe form of sword training for samurai.
Kendo means literally ‘the way of the sword’, and has its origin in the martial art developed by the samurai in battlefield combat and in duels.
It refers to a way of life shaped by the discipline cultivated through its practice, a discipline that produces perseverance, alertness and concentration. Above all, it requires great introspection, or looking into oneself.
When samurai face each other, fear inevitably arises. But from where does this fear come? From the opponent? From the oncoming sword thrust? No – fear arises within oneself. To conquer an opponent, one must first conquer oneself. The ultimate objective of kendo is to internalize challenges. This is the essence of kendo.
In 1975, the All Japan Kendo Federation, established the ‘Concept of Kendo’, as well as the “Purpose of Practicing Kendo”, which is as follows:
The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana (sword).
The purpose of practicing kendo is:
To mold the mind and body,
To cultivate a vigorous spirit,
And through correct and rigid training,
To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo.
To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor.
To associate with others with sincerity.
And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.
Thus will one be able:
To love one’s country and society;
To contribute to the development of culture;
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
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