The Rich History of Kendo

Are you fascinated by ancient civilization and way of life? If so, Kendo’s history will surely blow you away. In fact, its story can easily fill a 300-page book. However, this piece has only the juiciest information, so sit tight – it’s going to be a fast ride!

The birth of Kenjutsu

You are probably wondering what relevance Kenjutsu has to Kendo. Well, they are one and the same thing! Way back in the 16th century, warriors in Japan dealt with a brutal system that saw most of them lose their lives prematurely. There was no proper training; it was a matter of taking a razor-sharp sword and marching into a battlefield. The ones that lived to see another battle had passed, but there were no second chances for failures.

After incurring great loses, they decided to train their men using wooden swords. And that right there was the birth of Kenjutsu or Kendo as it’s popularly known. This move increased the quality and number of warrior sign-ups as well.

The first Kenjutsu school

The training idea was an instant hit among the people of Japan. Some veteran warriors decided to start a Kenjutsu school. Here, anybody who could afford the service got battlefield training from the best swordsmen in the region. But evidently, the people then were not ready for such freedom. A perfect example of the Kenjutsu training by-product was the Sekigahara battle. It was so devastating, that it marked the end of a rivalry and the birth of a peaceful Japan.

Introduction of Kendo

There was a point where the leaders of Japan decided to disarm all Samurai warriors and stop Kenjutsu training altogether. But that decision was short-lived. They later lifted it and renamed the sport to Kendo, as we know it today. However, (by that time) sword fighting was more of a competition than a battlefield skill and nothing much has changed since then.