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16.18) Kendo




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This article is from the Martial Arts FAQ, by Matthew Weigel faq@idempot.net with numerous contributions by others.

16.18) Kendo

(Contributor: Al Bowers - bowers@wilbur.dfrf.nasa.gov)

Intro: This is a popular sport in Japanese communities.

Origin: Japan

History:

Kendo is the sport and competitive form of Kenjutsu. Kendo has been
practiced for a long time in one form or another.

Description:

The practitioners wear protective armor and use simulated swords
(split bamboo called "shinai") to "spar" against one another. Strike
areas are limited as are moves. It is a very formal art. It is
linear, hard, and external.

Training:

Training mostly consists of two-person drills, basics, and some kata
that have been retained from kenjutsu between individuals.

Sub-Styles: none (?)


 

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