Kendo Sayings (Proverbs)

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!

Sayings

Additional Sayings (from External Sites)


References

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

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

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

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

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

[Weblio_三無の剣] 剣道用語辞典 三無の剣.

 

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