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The best training duration

by Olga
(Ukraine)

What is the best training duration in your opinion?


I don't know if it is true but I've read that usually in Japan one training session lasts for 1 hour and outside Japan it is more often 2 hours.

An author's opinion if I understood it properly is that this additional hour leads to one problem? People try to save energy in order to last longer.

And that's why it is better when the training is short and hard. Just about one hour may be.

Can you please comment on that and share your opinion?


Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your post.

There are two types of training places, clubs at school and dōjō for kendō lovers, usually called machidōjō (dōjō in town). Clubs go through suburi, the basic practice, techniques and jigeiko (plus
many other training methods). At dojo on the other hand, people are there to train with others i.e. mainly jigeiko.

That is why clubs usually have longer training hours than dōjō. Now in machi dōjō, school kids especially
elementary school students follow a similar routine to the one of school clubs, because elementary school usually do not have kendō
clubs.

So if your kendō club goes through the basics and all, probably it is a good idea to take a break after 40 – 60 mins of practice and then move on to the second training session.


In many cases, the levels of members are different so if training is too hard for some they should take rest on their own. Also it is important for instructors/sempai (senior members) to pay attention so no members will get hurt from hard training.


Hope this helps.

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