Kendo Swords

Kendo or way of the sword, is the martial art of Japanese fencing. Kendo developed from traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmanship known as kenjutsu. The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, was established in 1895 to solidify, promote, and standardise all martial disciplines and systems in Japan. The DNBK, changed the name of Gekiken, hitting sword to kendo in 1920. In 1975 the All Japan Kendo Federation, developed an explanation of the concept and purpose of studying kendo. 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,
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.

This will make one be able:
To love his/her country and society,
To contribute to the development of culture
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.

Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sporting-like physical elements. Kendo embodies the essence of Japanese fighting arts.

Practitioners of kendo are called kendoka one who practices kendo or kenshi swordsman. The latter may also be applied to practitioners of other traditional Japanese sword arts. Around eight million people world-wide practice kendo with approximately seven million in Japan.

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