by Martin Bauer
I spent one week with a Japanese Zen master in a retreat in Germany. There we did Zen meditation, Hojo and Hitsuzendo.
Could you please share what the difference between Hojo and Kendo is?
Thank you for your question. Can you tell me more about hojo? Is it hōjō as in hōjō no kata in Jikishinkage-ryu? If that is something zen monks do, I do not know about it.
If hojo is kata as in Hōjō no Kata
then that is a classical style before kendō
is invented. Kendō
was a part of kenjutsu
That is the main difference. And kendō
has 4 fixed targets to strike whereas classic styles have more.
We can list all kinds of differences but the main purpose is the same:
Train ourselves physically and mentally so we can better ourselves as human beings.
Hope this helps.