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The art of the sword

Kendo (剣道), which literally translates to "the way of the sword", is a traditional Japanese martial that was developed as a form of practice for Japanese swordmen in the 18th century. The Kendo practitioner (known as kendoka / kenshi), is armed with a shinai (a bamboo sword), and is protected by bogu (protective armour). The shinai allows full strength cuts to be made against one's training partner without the risk of injuring or killing them the same way that a real blade or a bokuto / bokken (wooden sword) would.

Kendo practise encompasses a variety of activity such as: 1) solo practise of the fundamental movements; 2) set patterns of movements with a partner; and 3) full-contact sparring in armour. 

Because Kendo does not rely solely on physical strength, it is a martial art that can be practised and enjoyed by both men and women of all ages.

In 1975, the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF), the official governing body of kendo, established the concept and purpose of practising Kendo:

The Concept of Kendo:

The concept of kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the kitana (sword).

The Purpose of Practicing Kendo:

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

RKC Kendo Kids Take Part in Online Suburi Challenge

RKC Kendo Kids Take Part in Online Suburi Challenge

"Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. " - Nelson MANDELA RKC's Kendo Kids had proudly participated in the online suburi competition organised by Jedai Kendo International earlier in the year. Although they did not get placed anyway, it was a proud moment for South African kendo to have representation as young as our Kendo Kids! The Online Children's Suburi Championship attracted nearly 100 boys and girls kenshi from all over the world: Brazil, Germany, France, USA, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, Romania, Czech Republic, Canada... Here are some comments from Nabeyama sensei: "In some countries outside Japan, kendo is not available at all, and I have heard that teachers who are teaching online are having trouble figuring out what to do next. We are cooperating with in the hope that children in other countries will continue to learn kendo. I am looking forward to seeing the children who participated in this championship play an active role in the world kendo championships in the future!" Well done to our Kendo Kids! You are our future! Please follow us on our various social media platforms: Website: Facebook: Instagram: @rivonia_kendo_club YouTube: ***************************************************************************** The Rivonia Kendo Club (RKC) trains Kendo, Iaido and Jodo, traditional Japanese martial arts that encourages the cultivation of the human character. #rivoniakendo #rivoniaiaido #kendo #kendoinafrica #kendokids #lovekendo #kendoislife #focus #family #fun #southafrica #kōkenchiai #交剣知愛 #剣道 #Kumdo #侍 #SamuraIExperience #運動 #MartialArts #日本 #Japan #iaido #HIIT #jodo #YouthDay
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