What is the difference between katana and shinai cutting?

by Christopher
(Philippines)

How can you do kendo that is like cutting with a katana? Why is the katana blade curved?


Answer: Basically, we have to pull katana to cut. Of course we can push katana to cut but it is not “the basic” cutting motion. In kendō, we usually push to cut except cutting gyaku-do (the left do).

Why is the blade curved?

I am sure that there are many theories out there. And when I searched, I found many too. These two looked pretty good.


  1. Apparently, it was accidental. During the process of making strong and sharp katana, the blade was curved.

  2. Curved blade was good for battles on horses.



Hope this helps.

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