Kendo Sayings (Proverbs)

Here’s some sayings in kendo (also referred to as kotowaza 諺) that I have learned from sensei‘s and fellow kenshi over the years.  Pointers to websites with additional sayings are included.

Some notes:  Cited references, where present, provide more color to the quotes.  This set will likely grow as I remember old ones or discover new ones.  The translations may be imperfect.  My approach to the translations, rather than being literal, is to convey the sense or intention of the original texts.  Enjoy!


Additional Sayings (from External Sites)


[Hatena_ShiaiKeiko] 稽古は試合のように,試合は稽古のように,, Jan 17, 2012.

[Kendo-Guide_Hikitategeiko] Masahiro Imafuji, “Comments for What is Hikitate geiko?”

[Kendo-Guide_Looking] Masahiro Imafuji, “Enzan no Metsuke:  Looking at Distant Mountains,”

[Kendo-Guide_Rei] Masahiro Imafuji. “How to bow in standing position and sitting position,”

[Kendo-Guide_Teachings] Masahiro Imafuji. “Kendo Wisdom:  Teachings from Ancient Samurai,”

[Kendo-Guide_IchiGan] Masahiro Imafuji, “Important Body Parts:  Ichi Gan Ni Soku San Tan Shi Riki,”,

[Kendo-Guide_ShuHaRi] Masahiro Imafuji, “Shu Ha Ri: Level of Training Phases,”

[KendoInfo_Enzan] Geoff Salmon, “Enzan no metsuke,”, Oct 13, 2010.

[KendoInfo_KeikoShiai] Geoff Salmon, “Keiko and Shiai – are they related?”, Nov. 22, 2010.

[KendoInfo_Shodachi] Geoff Salmon, “All together now,”, Dec 28, 2015.

[KendoInfo_ShuHaRi] Geoff Salmon, “Explain shu ha ri,”, Aug 12, 2008.

[Kendoinfo_utarete-kanshya] Geoff Salmon, “Utarete Kanshya,”, June 23, 2014.

[Kendojidai_Iwao] “Interview with Yukuo Iwao sensei on Passing 8th Dan,” By Kobayashi Hideo (translated by Kazuyo Matsuda), Kendojidai 3.2010.

[KendoJyoutatu] 勝つ為の技の仕掛け方, 剣道上達革命DVD 香田郡秀 コツ 練習.

[Weblio_三無の剣] 剣道用語辞典 三無の剣.

[Wiki_ShuHaRi] Wikipedia, “Shuhari.”

[Youshinkan_Shodachi] kuma, “初太刀,” Canada Youshinkan Kendo Dojo, Mar 3, 2008.


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