Kendo and Kenjutsu
by Robert Chaffins
(Burnet, Texas, US)
What is the difference between Kendo and Kenjutsu, besides the difference in gear?
is "the technique of the Sword" and kendo
is "the way of the sword". Kenjutsu
has old techniques including very dangerous techniques that are not seen in kendo
. More specifically, kenjutsu
is to kill opponents and kendo is to make others live
Now those who do kenjutsu
practice for their personal development and discipline not for killing anyone. At least in Japan. Kendo
was a method of training kenjutsu
. Ancient Japanese warriors invented shinai
so they would not get hurt while training. Then shortly after, they invented armour that was close to the one we have now.
(ref: Who practice Kendo in the Edo Period?
took its own way and became the kendo
we have now. We used to have old techniques such as foot sweeps and all but they are not used nowadays even in training. The reason is easy. We do not kendo to hurt others but train and grow together
now have the same purposes and concepts, which is to discipline and develop ourselves to become better self.Kenjutsu
is basically kata
(form) oriented (with or without a partner), while kendo
involves more physical interaction with a partner.
Hope this helps.