Resources for Beginners

I compiled a list of videos and written resources below for the beginners at the dojo where I practice and for all those new to kendo.  They cover a wide range of topics:

  • Overview, Terminology, Customs and History of Kendo
  • Mechanical and Physical Aspects of Kendo
    • Grip, Stance, Footwork, Bamboo Sword (shinai) Action
  • Self-Care and Equipment Maintenance
  • Additional Resources (Books, Websites)

Videos are indicated with time duration information and written resources without such information.  I may update this page as I find new, helpful resources.  Enjoy!

Overview, Terminology, Customs and History of Kendo

Mechanical and Physical Aspects of Kendo

How to Grip the Bamboo Sword (shinai)

The on-guard position (kamae):

Footwork

Bamboo Sword (shinai) Action

Self-Care and Equipment Maintenance

Additional Resources (Books, Websites)

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