These days, 250 million people enjoy playing kendo around the world, especially Asia and Europe. Also, once in three years, a worldwide gathering is held. Like this one of the Japanese traditional material arts has a lot of attractiveness!
These days, 250 million people enjoy playing kendo around the world, especially Korea and Europe. Also, once in three years, a worldwide gathering is held. Like this one of the Japanese traditional material arts has a lot of attractiveness!
Japanese “Samurai” is very popular around the world. Kendo takes over the spirit of “Samurai”. Without fighting with sword, people are playing kendo to strong their body and spirit. If you want to be like a Samurai or hero, I recommend trying to play kendo.
Sometimes people regard people who wear kendo protective equipment as “Darth Vader”. “Darth Vader” is very popular character around the world, so people who long for it begin to be interested in kendo and starts playing.
There are four points to strike, a blow on the head, gauntlets, plastron, and a frontal to the neck. Whichever parts we strike, we can feel so good! Especially, when I can strike sooner than opponent, I feel happy and let off the stress. Also, when I see the game of strong persons, I am impressed with rapidity to gain a point in a flash.
We can strike teacher’s or superior’s head or some other points. I think such sports are only kendo. However, this is not violence. We have to have modest heart to opponent. Teacher said, “Thank a person who hit you, and reflect to hit someone”. However, this experience is very precious. Let’s strike with full your power!
Different from other sports, we can play kendo with people who are many years apart in age. For example, Yamazaki Shouhei, who was 45 ages, captured the All Japan Kendo Championship. Even if you are old, you can fight fair with young swordsman to learn skill. Actually last day, I played a match with 50 years old women, and oldest player in this sport event was 70 years old. Also, we rarely get injured, so we can continue to play.
It’s important to have steadfastness, which means imperturbable heart. We have to have harmony between three elements including spirit, sword handling and overall body posture to gain a point. In order to do this, we fight without moving our heart whatever will happen, so you can get stable and strong heart.
“Koukenchiai”(交剣知愛)are important word for kendo. This word’s meaning is to improve as a person and understand each other through playing kendo together. By crossing swords, we can get along with people around the worlds. Let’s make many friends through kendo.
Japanese people have modest heart. This is one of the most important attitudes for playing kendo. Let’s play kendo and learn about Japanese people spirit!
How are you interested in kendo?
First, let’s see kendo game on TV or Youtube!
*2018.09.14∼16 17th world kendo championship
* 2018.11.03 66th All Japan kendo championship