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Kendo

Traditional Japanese style of fencing with a two-handed wooden sword, derived from the fighting methods of the ancient samurai

An Overview of Kendo

Kendo matches take place in an area 9 to 11 metres (about 30 to 36 feet) square. Contestants wear the traditional uwagi (jacket), hakama (long divided skirt), (chest protector), tare (waist protector), men (mask), and kote (padded gloves). The shinai varies from 43 to 46 inches (110 to 118 cm) in length and is made of four lengths of seasoned bamboo bound by waxed cord. All blows use the "cutting" edge of the shinai, though this is not sharp. The shinai is usually held with both hands.

Benefits

The physical benefits of training in kendo include improved strength, endurance and overall fitness. The mental benefits one experiences are stress relief, improved self-discipline, concentration, mental clarity and calmness. Kendo also improves attitude, respect, focus and intuition.

Equipment

Contestants wear the traditional uwagi (jacket), hakama (long divided skirt), (chest protector), tare (waist protector), men (mask), and kote (padded gloves). The shinai is the sword made from bamboo.

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