Kendo

Japan
Kendo - 剣道- sword way – the art of swordsmanship, which descended from traditional samurai techniques of sword play. Kendo is aimed at the formation of personality and vigorous spirit, strengthening the will and body. The name “Kendo” was given by the Greater Japan Martial Virtue Society (Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, 大日本武徳会) in 1895. The sword in kendo disciplines the human character. There are 3 rules to make an effective stroke: it’s the “rule of sword” – to make a correct stroke; «the rule of body», which means that the stroke should be delivered in the correct position; and the «rule of heart» that means vigor and vitality of spirit when delivering a stroke. The point of the three rules is “Spirit, sword and body are all one”.

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