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:

  • Introduction to Kendo (Why? Overview, History, Customs, Terminology,…)
  • Mechanical and Physical Aspects of Kendo
    • Grip, Stance, Footwork, Bamboo Sword (shinai) Action
  • Self-Care and Equipment Maintenance
  • Additional Resources (Books, Articles, 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!

Essentially, the objective of kendo is to seek to deeply understand and polish the spirit.  – Morishima Tateo (Hanshi 8 dan) [Kenshi247_Spirit]


An Introduction to 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

* With time, the palms and barefeet tend to become stronger and such maintenance techniques may eventually be only needed for special (e.g. day-long) practices.


Additional Resources (Books, Articles, Websites)


References

[Kenshi247_Spirit] George McCall, “Pursuing the spirit and modern kendo (part 1),” Kenshi247.net, February 21, 2011.

 

 

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