Section 1: Kendo History

1.1 The concept of Kendo

The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the  application of  the principles of the Katana. The purpose of practising Kendo is: •   To mould 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 […]

1.2 The history of Kendo

Kendo is a Japanese word for “The way of the sword”. “Ken” means sword and “Do” means the way and it originated and developed in Japan from the time of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai in ancient Japan were highly skilled warriors who protected their feudal lords from the time of the 8th century through to […]

1.4 The influence of Zen

It is said that if you have Zen in your life you have no fear, no doubt, no unnecessary craving, no extreme  emotion, no illiberal attitudes and no egotistical actions. Zen is a habit of self- searching through meditation to realise one’s true nature, with insistence on self discipline. There is a direct link between the principles of […]

1.5 Kendo, Iaido, Jodo - a comparison

Kendo Kendo, the art of Japanese swordsmanship is a way of life designed to contribute to self- development through training in the guiding principles underlying the art of the sword. Through rigorous training in kendo, the student strengthens their body and mind, develops a strong spirit, learns to treat people properly, to value truth, to be sincere, to always […]

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