The Concept of Kendo
The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application
of the principles of the Katana (sword).
The Purpose of Practicing Kendo
The purpose of practicing Kendo is:
To mold 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 honor,
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.
gThe Mindset of Kendo Instructionh and its explanation
(The Concept of Kendo was established by All Japan Kendo Federation in 1975.)
(The Significance of the Shinai)
For the correct transmission and development of Kendo, efforts should be
made to teach the correct way of handling the shinai in accordance with
the principles of the sword.
Kendo is a way where the individual cultivates onefs mind (the self) by
aiming for shin-ki-ryoku-itchi (unification of mind, spirit and technique)
utilizing the shinai. The gshinai-swordh should be not only directed at
onefs opponent but also at the self. Thus, the primary aim of instruction
is to encourage the unification of mind, body and shinai through training
in this discipline.
(Reiho - Etiquette)
When instructing, emphasis should be placed on etiquette to encourage respect
for partners, and nurture people with a dignified and humane character.
Even in competitive matches, importance is placed on upholding etiquette
in Kendo. The primary emphasis should thus be placed on instruction in
the spirit and forms of reiho (etiquette) so that the practitioner can
develop a modest attitude to life, and realize the ideal of koken-chiai
(the desire to achieve mutual understanding and betterment of humanity
While providing instruction, students should be encouraged to apply the
full measure of care to issues of safety and health, and to devote themselves
to the development of their character throughout their lives.
Kendo is a gway of lifeh that successive generations can learn together.
The prime objective of instructing Kendo is to encourage the practitioner
to discover and define their way in life through training in the techniques
of Kendo. Thus, the practitioner will be able to develop a rich outlook
on life and be able to put the culture of Kendo into use, thereby benefitting
from its value in their daily lives through increased social vigour.
March 14, 2007@
All Japan Kendo Federation
* Translation of eKendo Shido no Kokoro Gamae (The Mindset of Kendo Instruction)f
and its explanation in Japanese