Here’s some well-known sayings in kendo (from sensei‘s and fellow kenshi from over the years) and pointers to websites with additional ones. Cited references, where present, provide more color to them. This set will likely grow as I remember old ones or discover new ones. Note: The translations, as with most, are imperfect. My approach to the translations, rather than being literal, is to convey the sense or intention of the original texts. Enjoy!
- If you hit, reflect. If you are hit, be thankful.
- Don’t hit to win. Win, then hit.
- The three “No’s (absences)” of the sword.
- No unreasonableness (no over-doing things), no wastefulness and no absence of principles (rationality or justification). These are said to be the three “No’s” of the sword – the supreme (principles) of the sword. A sword without sound comes from this state of mind. – Haruo Momoi (19th century swordsman).
- Gaze to the distant mountain.
- (Kendo) starts with etiquette (bowing, greetings or gratitude) and ends with etiquette.
Additional Sayings (from External Sites)
- A handful of additional famous sayings along with explanations at [Kendo-Guide_Teachings].