What Is Kendo? – Part 1

Do you find fast-paced sword fighting exciting? If so, Kendo will light up your weekends in a unique way! The sport traces its roots to the Samurai times in ancient Japan and continues to entertain millions of people to date.

Surprisingly, nothing much has changed about the game itself. The traditional attire, bamboo swords, and armor that characterised training sessions of the ancient Samurai warriors still apply.

The sport strives to unite the mind and body. And on a lighter note, it seems there are few or no competitors. However, those benefits are for the players. The audiences, on the other hand, have all the fun. They get to place bets while enjoying the fast-paced live sword action.

The requirements

Just like any competitive sport out there, Kendo comes with its fair share of requirements for players. The most notable one being playing without shoes. Additionally, players need to wear a unique outfit that resembles the Samurai costume. It can be of any color, but black and white seem to be the player’s favorites.

When it comes to safety, participants have to wear helmets designed specifically for sword fighting. Except that here, they use dummy swords typically made of several pieces of bamboo strapped together using leather strands. To complete the set, they wear protective armor on the hands, chest, and waistline.

The rules

Interestingly, no match ever lasts more than five minutes for adults and three for children. But the number of players can be two or more. And the sport is not too selective about categories like weight, size or anything else for that matter.

When its finally time to engage, the idea is to poke the opponents face-mask for the ultimate number of points. They need to poke it twice to win, but if that doesn’t happen the judges decide who takes the prize by counting the number of points above the waistline.