What is Kendo?

Kendo is a Japanese sword fighting martial art that was developed in the 16th century. A person who practices Kendo is called a kendoka. The swords, also known as Shinai, that are used in the sport are made from split bamboo wood. During a match or training kendoka wear armor to protect themselves. This armor is called Bogu and can be literally translated to ‘protect equipment’. As Kendo is a full-contact sport, these sets or armor are a necessity.

Kendo attacks

While practicing Kendo there are two types of attacks, hitting and jabbing. This is only allowed on certain parts of the body. Hitting is only allowed on top of the head and the temple, the right and left side of the body and the wrists. Jabbing is only allowed on the throat and the top of the chest. During matches you need to earn points. This can only be done by attacking in a good, controlled and determined manner.

Kendo video

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