Concepts, Theory, & Ideas

Concept & Pupose of Kendo

What is the Purpose of Kendo? This is an interesting question as modern kendo is both a "sport" as well as a "budo". While the sport aspect is easy to understand (exercise, camaraderie, competition, etc..) the "do" in kendo is much more complex. The All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) officially set down the "concept and purpose" of kendo in 1975. This definition embodies the modern concept of a "do"


The Mindset of Kendo Instruction

This is a supplement to the AJKF's "concept and purpose of kendo". Where as the "concept" is directed toward the student or general populace, the "mindset" is directed toward instructors to help guide them during dojo practice and instruction. The "concept" and the "mindset" together form the core ideals of modern kendo. The All Japan Kendo Federation officially set down the "mindset of kendo instruction" in 2007.


Defeating Jodan

This is an article addressing the often asked "How do I fight against jodan?", but with emphasis on addressing some of the more common methods, and their assumptions, used when doing so.


Mistakes in Practice

This is a small excerpt from "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" by Shunryu Suzuki. The connection between 'zen thought' and kendo is very apparent, as are the similarities in their practice methods. While the subject of the book is that of practicing 'zazen', the advice it gives is equally applicable to a kendoka in their practice.


Meaning of the Hakamas Pleats

The pleats of the hakama are said to symbolize a number of important aspects from both Confucianism and Bushido. The five front pleats symbolize the five fundamental Confucian Virtues (Gojo). The rear pleats are said to represent Chu and Ko which in turn gives rise to the Confucian five bonds of filial piety (Gorin). Alternatively, it is said they represent Yu and Meiyo from Bushido.


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Symbolic meaning of the hakamas pleats.

Applying Kendo no Kata to Shinai Kendo

Kendo no Kata are supposed to teach kendoka the principles behind modern kendo, and yet to some can seem completely disconnected from what is practiced in shinai kendo. This short article is intended to help in spelling out how to apply the kata to various situations in shinai kendo.


The Mitsu no Sen, Kendo Kata, and Striking in Shinai Kendo

The mitsu no sen are central ideas behind shidachi's attacks in the kata and are directly applicable to shinai kendo. This small article is from a presentation on how various levels of kendoka go about striking in shinai kendo, leading up to using the mitsu no sen at higher levels, and how shidachi goes about striking uchidachi in the kendo kata.


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