The History of Kendo

The History of Kendo

Kendo undoubtedly is one of the longest standing sports known to man. It dates as far back as the 16th century when the sword was the ultimate battlefield weapon in Japan. And More »

The Art of Kendo in Ontario, Canada

The Art of Kendo in Ontario, Canada

Kendo is a sport that has its influences in martial arts. It is quite popular in Canada, with many newcomers joining the ranks on a daily basis. What Is It Exactly? Kendo More »

Kendo, The Japanese Way

Kendo, The Japanese Way

A sport founded in Japan; the Japanese community living in Canada has opened the floodgates. Canadians of all ages have taken to the sport like a fish to water. About of Kendo More »

 

Kendo and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Is there be a better time to introduce Kendo to the Olympics than Tokyo 2020? The last time the games were in Japan, they introduced Judo. It is a lesser known sport compared to Kendo, but it enjoys the limelight, why not Kendo?

Let’s get something straight – Kendo is not even close to becoming part of the Olympics, for a good reason. Some people claim that too much attention has ruined Judo. And that’s precisely what the Kendo community is trying to avoid. But here is more.

Kendo is not a recognized sport

For some reason, Kendo is not in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) records. But still, the Kendo community has not submitted an application for the same. For one, there is a huge loophole in the point-awarding criteria. In that, there is no sure way of judging hits as is the case with electric scoring in Sumo. Here, a light comes on when there is contact on specific body parts.

Again, the idea of playing for the prize money is against Kendo’s core principles. In fact, the players claim that going mainstream could reduce it to people competing for the gold. Rather than aiming at molding the mind and body.

The future of Kendo

At this point, it’s tough to tell the exact future of the sport. But Kendo is one of the ancient games that still don’t have the recognition they deserve. That has negatively impacted the sport because recognition comes with funding. Currently, players have to dig deep into their pockets to cater for all expenses. For example, there is one Canadain player who had to sell their car to go for the International Kendo Championship that he had been preparing for the past three years.

If something doesn’t change very soon, the game will remain in the shadows or perhaps be part of forgoten history.

Is Kendo Truly Female friendly?

What would be the results of a Kendo match between a man and a woman? Will he keep his dignity or is it going to be shred into pieces?

Kendo is a sport that was loved and practiced by men way back in the 16th century. As time passed, battlefield weapons evolved, and fencing slowly turned into a sport. During this time, women took up this male-dominated game, just to see what would come out if it. But the question is, does it suit them?

Joyce’s background

Joyce Tsai, a young girl, is a perfect example of a female warrior that could take on any man. She is the daughter of Sam Tsai and Marleen Charng who are both Kendo lovers. Sam has previously won the International Kendo Championship in the individual division. And has run a Kendo school for a considerable part of his life in New Zealand.

Joyce’s parents trained her since she was six-years-old – a thing that has earned her a spot at the International Kendo Championships 2018. That makes her the youngest player in the entire competition, but certainly not the weakest. According to Charng, the game is about psychological stability. If you can control emotions – fear, doubt, and be able to anticipate your opponent’s move, you can take on anyone, regardless of gender or size.

Her future

Joyce may not win this particular competition, but her future is bright. She has mastered all the technique,s and is now trying to conquer her mind. That is probably the biggest challenge for all Kendo fighters. But the earlier you start practicing, the better.

If you are still wondering how a match between a man and a woman would end, it depends on the player’s mental ability. If she is smarter, the man stands no chance – even though he’s stronger and bigger.