Kendo, meaning “Way of the Sword”, is a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting based on traditional Japanese swordsmanship, or kenjutsu. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sport-like physical elements. The roots of Kendo can be traced backed to feudal Japan and the Samurai, and to the studying of Bushido: the “Way of the Samurai”.

KendoBy striving to achieve a unity of body and mind, Kendo is both a sport and an art and a way to coordinate the physical-emotional-mental dimension. The ultimate goal in practicing Kendo is to make the art thoroughly a part of your unconscious being. Like breathing that is independent of our will, the goal in kendo is to achieve a state wherein you can respond with the best of tactics unconsciously.

For many practitioners Kendo is first of all a kind of cultural expression and secondly a mental and physical sport. Kendo embodies the essence of Japanese fighting arts and like some other Japanese martial arts, to understand Kendo and what it really means is a lifelong journey.