Kendo, or the "Way of the Sword," is a Japanese sport descended from the samurai swordsman style. A contest consists of two individuals armed with bamboo swords called shinai while wearing armored jackets and helmets. The two combatants strike and thrust at each other with repeated yells and shouts as they duel, attempting to land a strike on defined targets, including the head, wrists, and torso. The first combatant to three points wins the match.
If you're interested in learning and competing in Kendo, there are many schools in Tokyo where you can do so. Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo is a prominent school that offers English classes. If you wish to see a match or two, there are Kendo competitions held throughout the year. The greatest fighters compete in All Japan Kendo Federation tournaments.
If you are interested in learning about the history of Tokyo, please refer to "History of Tokyo".
Tournament information and more
This website is the official shop of All Japan Kendo Federation.
English instruction available.Welcome lessons for beginner and children.
Jodo (杖道) club affiliated to the Tokyo Metropolitan Kendo Federation
Link to Kendo Dojo Websites (Japanese)
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