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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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Suburito - practicing indoors

I have a suburito but have recently discovered that I don't have the ceiling height to practice much indoors. For instance, an overhead strike is quite unfeasible. Area of study Mostly Iaido ...
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Is this lightsaber body-turning move in Star Wars from Kenjutsu?

It is well known that the original lightsaber duels in Star Wars were based on kendo, and the choreography became increasingly sophisticated, especially in the second trilogy. The technique I am ...
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Does Kendo include disemboweling techniques?

I don't know as much about Kendo as I'd like, but I've studied Chinese saber and straight sword, both of which include disemboweling techniques. In the case of wudang fencing, techniques which require ...
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What Dojos Teach 'Police' Kendo?

The Japanese police have their own version of kendo that incorporates Judo moves. Is there any other place, other than the Japanese police academies that teaches a similar version of kendo or a ...
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Are foot sweeps legal in kendo competition?

I had recently seen two examples of a foot sweep (de ashi barai) used in a kendo match to fell an opponent before striking them: 2018 All Japan Police Team Championship Final 2014 National Police ...
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Japanese Short Sword Kata

I want to practice a sword kata indoors. I have a bokken, but my ceiling is too low for me to use it indoors. Because of this, I am considering acquiring a wakizashi bo. From this point, I see two ...
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kumitachi, hasso-no-kamae, and hand positions

I was under the impression that in hasso-no-kamae, the sword should be forward of the face, facing the right shoulder. I cannot remember who taught me this. However, Sakai-sensei has his sword ...
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Kendô, iaidô, jôdô, battodô, chanbara... Which one should I pick?

I stopped practising judô and jiu-jitsu some years ago, at a blue belt level, because I wasn't enjoying this martial art as much as I used to. However, I still love the philosophy of it, and would ...
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Is iaido a martial art by itself? Or is it just a complement to kendo?

Question w/background: Hi, I'm interested in practicing Iaido, mostly because of the mental aspect of it. After some research, I got to the conclusion that iaido can be considered as meditation in ...
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Kendo techniques

I've seen quite a bit of Kendo now and I always wonder why they do anticipating attacks. I mean they start their sword off in a position where they must draw back, but how is this good? As the open ...
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How to restore my bogu equipment

I would like to know what steps I have to follow to restore my Kendo equipment. I already bought a second-hand armor but after all classes I checked my "DO" and with the shinae it keeps some kind of ...
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Tips for increasing power of bankai [closed]

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?
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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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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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