What's the difference between modern kendo and traditional kendo?
I was wondering how modern kendo is different to pre-war kendo (traditional kendo). Do you know about it?
: I’m not too sure about the exact definition.
My understanding is that pre-war kendo
had foot sweep, throws and probably more. Basically, it had more techniques for combats.
If you think about how kendo
was developed, it was quite natural for kendo
to have those techniques.
After the World War II, kendo
and the other budo
was banned by GHQ (the supreme commander for the Allied powers
). Those kendoka
s who tried to revive kendo
under such circumstance came up with shinai kyōgi
, which they promoted as a sport.
In 1952 (7 years after the end of the war), soon after the San Francisco Peace Treaty, All Japan Kendo
Federation was established.
Ref: T. Sakai, translated by A. Bennett, “History of Kendo”, Kendo Nippon
(No. 401 July, 2009), pp. 152~154 Kendo
went through very hard time to keep it away from extinction.
now does not contain dangerous techniques that used to have.
Hope this helps.