Kendo is the martial art of Japanese fencing. Kendo developed from traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmanship known as Kenjutsu.
Since 1975 the Concept of Kendo as stated by the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) is
“To discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana”
The AJKF state the purpose of practicing Kendo as:
To mold the mind and body,
To cultivate a vigorous spirit,
And through correct and rigid training,
To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo,
To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor,
To associate with others with sincerity,
And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.
This will make one be able:
To love his/her country and society,
To contribute to the development of culture
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity with strong martial arts values.