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Overview Of Kendo
• Kendo is a modern
Japanese martial art, which
and uses bamboo swords
(shinai) and protective
armour (bogu). Today, it is
widely practiced within
Japan and many other
nations across the world.
• Kendo is an activity that
combines martial arts
practices and values with
Origin Of Kendo
• It is difficult to
when and how
Kendo was not
person or even
a group of
people. It was
over a very
long period of
time from real
History Of Kendo
• Swordsmen in Japan established schools of kenjutsu (the ancestor of kendo), which continued for
centuries and which form the basis of kendo practice today.The formal kendo exercises known as kata
were developed several centuries ago as kenjutsu practice for warriors. They are still studied today, in
a modified form.
• The introduction of bamboo practice swords (shinai) and armour (bogu) to sword training is attributed
to Naganuma Shirozaemon Kunisato during the Shotoku Era (1711–1715). Naganuma developed the
use of bogu and established a training method using the shinai.
• International Kendo Federation (FIK):
• The International Kendo Federation (FIK) was founded in 1970. It is an
international federation of national and regional kendo associations.
• The FIK is a non-governmental organization and its aim is to promote
and popularise kendo, iaido and jodo. Seventeen national or regional
federations were the founding affiliates. The number of countries
affiliated has increased over the years and in May 2015 the total had
grown to 57
• A scorable point in a kendo competition (tai-kai) is defined as an accurate
strike or thrust made onto a datotsu-bui of the opponent's kendo-gu with the
shinai making contact at its datotsu-bu, the competitor displaying high spirits,
correct posture and followed by zanshin.
• Datotsu-bui or point scoring targets in kendo are defined as:
• Men-bu, the top or sides of the head protector (sho-men and sayu-men).
• Kote-bu, a padded area of the right or left wrist protector (migi-kote and
• Do-bu, an area of the right or left side of the armour that protects the torso
(migi-do and hidari-do).
• Tsuki-bu, an area of the head protector in front of the throat (tsuki-dare).
• Datotsu-bu of the 'shinai' is the forward, or blade side (jin-bu) of the top third
(monouchi) of the shinai.
Equipments Need For Kendo
• Kendo is practiced wearing a traditional Japanese style of clothing,
protective armour (bogu) and using one or, less commonly, two
• Armour and clothing components
Awards Related To Kendo
• Sir Frank Bowden
• Premier Cup
• Watchet Grading
• University Taikai Kyu Grade
• In Dojo Grading
• Mumeishi grading
• Kobayashi Women's Cup
• Fighting Spirit Award