What is Kendo?

What is Kendo?

Kendo is a Japanese Martial Art developed by samurai who wanted to practice their craft. Kendo has evolved into a modern fencing art that blends tradition and sport. In many ways Kendo is the Japanese equivalent of European fencing.


The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana (sword). (All Japan Kendo Federation)

The Purpose of Practising Kendo

To mould the mind and body,

To cultivate a vigorous spirit,

And through correct and rigid training,

To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo,

To hold in esteem human courtesy and honour,

To associate with others with sincerity,

And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.

This will make one be able:

To love his/her country and society,

To contribute to the development of culture

And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.

(“The Concept of Kendo” was established by All Japan Kendo Federation in 1975.)