Before we talk about the benefits of kendo, I want you to know about a bit of kendo history. If you know go ahead and skip this part.
But without know kendo history, it is hard to grasp the benefits of kendo.
Kendo is the way of the sword. It is derived from samurai swordsmanship. Kendo was a part of samurai training system.
Samurai used to train with wooden swords or bokuto. Needless to say, they often hurt themselves during training or even they killed their training partner because of the training with bokuto.
And the bamboo sword was invented. Apparently Kamiizumi Isenokami Nobutsuna invented the first shinai-like training stick called hikihada in the early 16th century. It was made by bamboo like modern shinai but with more pieces and wrapped with leather.
Bogu (modern armour) was not invented until the late 18th century. Bogu was not common back then and many kenjutsu schools did not use bogu either.
The purpose was the same. With bamboo swords and these bogu, they could trainkenjutsu very hard without hurting or killing their training partners.
Now kenjutsu remains in Iaido (the way of drawing sword) and a training method ofkenjutsu turned into kendo.
Many people think that kendo is dangerous and vicious. That reaction is normal for people who see kendo first time. Two people shouting and hitting each other with bamboo sticks. Who does not think it is not vicious!
A part of this site’s missions is to resolve this misunderstanding. We must tell other people that kendo is not brutal.
Even though kendo was a part of the training of kenjutsu, it was and still is the way of the sword. Kendo carries the principles of samurai swordsmanship as stated in the Concept of Kendo.
That is the beauty of kendo.
How the heck do we better ourselves through samurai swordsmanship when we don’t carry any swords around, you might want to ask.
Following are some benefits of kendo:
Kendo and Health certainly go well together.
Yes. Kendo is a good exercise for your physical health, and also samuraiswordsmanship or philosophy is quite helpful to our daily life.
You may have heard about Gorin no Sho: The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto. People still read the book even now and world-wide.
That is one example that samurai philosophies can still be applied to our life.
It is up to us how we interpret the philosophies and how we apply them to our daily life. Doesn’t that fascinate you??
Kendo is not about hitting. It is about being hit and learning your weaknesses. It may sound strange to you now but you will know what I am talking about once you get there 🙂
Your anger problem is gone? Your posture is improved? Share your story, experiences or some good stories you heard form your friends about the benefits of kendo. Let the world seethe beauty of kendo!
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