Would it be worth it to try to start Kendo?
(Charleston, SC, USA)
I am a 16 year old boy who does epee fencing, and I was wondering if Kendo is worth a try. Are there any skills or techniques that carry over?
And how different is Kendo? My main worry is that if it is totally different, then I will keep doing habits from epee and not be able to get the fundamentals.
This is because I wish if possible to be able to do both sports.Answer:
Thank you for your question. Since I don't know about epee fencing, I can't say how different or how similar they are.
One of my students does fencing but I don't know what kind of fencing he's still. He does kendo fine. One time I have heard that sometimes it is hard for him to separate those two. But to me she does kendo very well.
It is really up to you to differentiate those two and practice them differently. You may have an advantage to learn kendo because of your fencing background but at the same time you will have some advantage as well.
I would suggest that you give it a go to kendo and practice it for about a few years and see what happens. After a few years of practicing kendo, you may be able to tell if kendo is for you or not.