Traditional Japanese Fencing for Tweens, Teens & Adults
Train the Sword, Train the Spirit
Often referred to as Japanese Fencing, Kendo – The Way of the Sword – uses sword techniques to train and condition the mind and body to deal with another person determined to attack.
Through training in Kendo, a student learns not just the physical elements of the sword, but also cultivates mental clarity, directness, sincerity, and intensity.
Mental and physical training
New people often wonder why Kendo training is useful since no one uses swords for defense in modern times. We train Kendo because it trains the mind to approach complex problems simply and directly. Through training in technique and sparring, Kendo teaches students to approach events without preconception - since failure to do so gives a poor result in a match. Kendo teaches that simplicity along with the importance of restraining the ego, controlling emotions, and maintaining quiet attentiveness in order to bring about order in the life of the student.
The History of Kendo
The recorded history of Kendo begins in the 8th century, with the Samurai sword training known as Kenjutsu. Safety equipment was developed in the 1700s to allow samurai to train with full power. This led to new training methods and the development of modern Kendo. In 1952, the All-Japan Kendo Federation was formed to disseminate Kendo as “a way to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana.”
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