Am I too short to do kendo?

by Yuki Minoe
(Tucson Arizona)

I am 17, and a girl but the biggest concern is I am 4'8. Many people say that I will be doomed to loose. Am I too short?

Answer: Thank you for your question. The answer is NO. You are not too short.

Kendo is a full contact martial arts but unlike other martial arts, we do not physically attack each other. We have a shinai and there is always certain distance between you and your opponent. If you learn footwork and body movements well, your opponent cannot even touch you.

And if you learn and study about distances very well, you will realize that kendo is not about physical strength.

So you will be able to do kendo just fine!

Hope this helps.

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