Japanese modern martial art and combat sport of swordsmanship, derived from traditional kenjutsu. Practitioners use bamboo or composite swords (shinai) and wear protective gear (bogu) in competition and sparring, and use wooden swords (bokken) for paired forms practice (kata).

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What are the key differences between kendo and kenjutsu?

I was wondering what are the key differences between kenjutsu and kendo? I know that kendo is considered as an art of fighting where as the kenjutsu is the art of killing, or am I wrong here?
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Why do different shapes of bokken exist?

Bokken are supposed to mimic/represent a katana for training purpose. There are suburi bokken which are heavier than normal to train muscles and develop power. But why are there different shapes of ...
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What are the differences between iaido and kendo?

I don't understand the differences between Iaido and Kendo. If I compare any other Japanese martial art, like Karatedo and Judo, the differences are obvious. Why are there two different Japanese ...
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What is a good training scheme for kendo?

I want to pick up my kendo but I'm afraid I'm a bit out of shape. Does anyone know a good training scheme to get into shape and be ready by September (5 - 6 months)?
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Tips for increasing power of bankai

So I was practicing with my bankai today and I just feel like I could be generating much more force. Does anyone know of a couple of exercises I could do to increase my reiatsu?