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May 07, 2014
And Left hand,.
by: Rex

And your left hand will become stronger. I have been doing kendo for a while and in the first few months my left arm grew stronger then my right.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for sharing your experience!

Nov 01, 2013
Difference question 2
by: A

Hi again thanks for the answer.... I would like to know more about the difference between the two federations can you or someone else recommend me any articles in which I can learn about the difference of the two???? Thanks in advance for a recommended article or site......

And if I want to practice nito, can I do it through katas?? And how come there a lot of spars I where you can see Nito kendo fights.... Is it a part of the IKF??

And for my last question in which Dan do you learn Japanese?

Thank you in advance for the answers....

Answer: I personally do not know any articles about the differences between those two. Historically, All Japan Kendo Federation (International Kendo Federation) inherited the kendo matters from Dai Nippon Butoku Kai when it was dissolved in 1946.

There is no nito kata in International Kendo Federation or All Japan Kendo Federation. If you want to learn nito, the best bet is Musashi Kai.

About learning Japanese. There are no regulations about learning Japanese in kendo. But if you will learn some Japanese while training kendo.

Hope this helps.

Oct 26, 2013
by: A

I want to know what's the difference between Dai Nippon Budoku Kai (DNBK) kendo and the All Japan kendo federation and the International Kendo Federation (KIF)??

And while on the topic which organization or Dan ranking allows the kendokas to fight with short shinais or both long and short shinais?


Take care

Answer: Thank you for your question. The current Dai Nippon Butoku Kai and All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) are totally different organizations.

I will give you brief history of the current DNBK. I translated the info on this page and summarized it. So I do not guarantee how correct the info is.

Dai Nippon Butoku Kai

The current Dai Nippon Butoku Kai is founded to revive the old Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. However, since All Japan Kendo Federation, All Judo Federation and All Kyudo Federation inherited its operations regarding each specific budō and that would confuse the practitioners of the budō, those three federations disagreed with re-foundation of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. And then-Education Ministry (cruelty Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) turned down its application for incorporation in 1955.

But in 2012, DNBK was incorporated.

All Japan Kendo Federation and International Kendo Federation

All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) inherited the national operation on kendo after Dai Nippon Butoku Kai so AJKF is the authentic kendo federation. And International Kendo Federation (KIF) is the HQ of all the kendo federations in the world including AJKF. So it is the mother ship of global kendo.

I do not know anything about activities and system of the current Dai Nipppon Butoku Kai so I cannot say anything regarding them.

But you can take nito (short and long swords). You can train with one or two swords but you cannot fight with a short sword in matches under the KIF match regulations.

Hope this helps.

Jul 08, 2013
kinds of swords
by: Anonymous


Congrats with this website.

I've seen some kendo matches in where they use both the long and short shinai. (excuse me for my ignorance towards the martial art)When does a kendoka start to learn to use the both at the same time?

While being on the topic when does one start learning to use the short shinai?

The last question is that if a kendoka can use movements learned in a kata in a sparring session??


Take care

Answer: Thank you for your questions and kind words. I think you will find “What does it take to practice Nito Kendo?” useful.

In the modern kendo, we do not learn how to use a short sword. We learn it as kata. And this leads to your last question.

You can use techniques you learn in kata. It is true that kendo is derived from samurai swordsmanship but the movements are really different. So you should adjust the movements of kata for kendo.

I tell my students it is OK to practice with kodachi (short sword). What is the point of learning it kata if you do not know how it works in sparring, right? But in tournaments, strikes with kodachi are not seen valid so you will never be able to win.

Hope this helps.

Mar 26, 2013
by: Chuck


Let me start by that you have an awesome website.

My question: If the philosophy of kendo is not to show pride in your victory; such as in a kendo match; how do you celebrate your victory then ??? After the competition??

Thanks for your time

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thank you for your question. Team mates congratulate each other after their match (or the entire tournament if their team made it to that far). But there is a story of one of very well-known kendoists in Japan.

She won a tournament and her team mates and she were taking photos together after the closing ceremony. She was showing her victory sign with her fingers. Her kendo teacher saw it and told her…

“You were great until you showed your victory sign your fingers”.

What this story tells us is that we should always think about people who lost.

Expressing our emotions is good. Nothing wrong is that. But thinking of others is one of the great things that we can learn from kendo, in my opinion.

Hope this helps.

Nov 22, 2012
by: Chuck


Thanks for the answers. So, if I do practice kendo my legs and arms will get stronger right? So, would that make me my jumps and kicks stronger????

So, out of curiosity when my lung capacity gets stronger can the techniques better my performance in other sports.


Kendo-Guide.Com: If you want to jump higher and increase the power of your kicks, you should train for those. I am not sure directly kendo will help you with what you are wanting to do.

If your lung capacity increases, it will help you to do some other sports. But performance wise, it is up to you. I am sure if you are good at one sport, it will help you to learn something else.

The former MBA legend, Michael Jordan tried baseball. I don’t remember how good he was. He was very successful in basketball, but he was not very successful in baseball. I am sure that he could learn things a lot faster than non-athletes would.

So kendo could help you with whatever you want to do, but if you want to jump high and kick strongly, then you should practice that.

Nov 06, 2012
I like your site...
by: Andra

First, I must say that I'm very happy that I found your site.

It helps me to improve my moves in kendo ...and makes me understand this, sport, better...Keep up the good work ...:)

Answer: Thank you! When you have suggestions/comments/questions, please do not hesitate to post them here or email me from here!

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