Welcome to Kendo Beginners Guide. I am so glad that you are interested in learning kendo. Kendo has a long history. It is derived from the samurai swordsmanship, so called "kenjutsu". As a matter of fact, kendo was a part of training in kenjutsu. They invented the bamboo sword or shinai and the protector or bogu (now it is called kendogu) so no one seriously would get hurt or die during training.
As mentioned above, kendo is derived from kenjutsu. So kendo inherited the movements, techniques and teachings from kenjutsu. That is why I use the iaito (the sword used for iaido) to show the etiquette and manners in kendo as well as how we should swing the sword.
What I share here is what I learned from my senseis, the late Juichi Tsurumaru sensei (9-dan, hanshi), the late Keisuke Murayama sensei (8-dan, hanshi) and Masayoshi Miyazaki sensei (7-dan, kyoshi).
Tsurumaru sensei and Murayama sensei graduated from Budo Vocational College a.k.a. Busen. There were five 10-dan (the highest grade ever in kendo) sensei and they were all graduates from Busen. And also many of the graduates received 8-dan and 9-dan.
I learned the kendo basics from them and I am sharing them with you here at this site. Well, I can only share what I learned from them. I don't guarantee that you will achieve what they achieved by learning what they taught.But at least you now know how important the basics is in kendo!
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As of October 2019, "Kendo Guide for Complete Beginners" is still growing. My goal here is to help you understand kendo so you can enjoy kendo and improve it quickly! So keep coming back to see if there are new contents here.