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Tag Archives: history of kendo

Ikken Hissatsu: the Kendo-Karate Connection

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

If you practice any form of Japanese karate, you need to understand that one of the most significant influences on your martial arts training has been kendo. Virtually all senior Japanese karate instructors in the West have been influenced by it since the 1960s. Sometimes the influences are conscious, other times they’re not. Over the
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Posted in General Martial Arts History, Japanese Martial Arts History, Karate, Kendo.

Kendo Training Still Draws Martial Artists Interested in Samurai Swords

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Tak-tak! Tak-tak! Bamboo training swords smash against one another, and interspersed among them are sharp kiai shouts. With row after row of seemingly alien figures clad in black armor, their faces hidden behind metal masks, it’s a scene that wouldn’t be out of place in a Star Wars movie. Welcome to the kendo dojo.
Unlike those
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Posted in Edged Weapons, General Martial Arts History, Japanese Martial Arts, Japanese Martial Arts History, Kendo.