Kendo (剣道, kendō ), meaning "Way of the Sword", is a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting based on traditional Japanese swordsmanship, or Kenjutsu. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sport-like physical elements.
Practitioners of kendo are called kendōka (剣道家), meaning "one who practices kendo", or occasionally kenshi (剣士), meaning "swordsman".
There are estimates that about six million people world-wide practice Kendo, with approximately four million in Japan, one million in Korea, and more in Europe and the United States. The "Kodansha Meibo" (a register of dan graded members of the All Japan Kendo Federation) shows that as of January 2003, there were 1.3 million registered dan graded kendoka in Japan. The number of kendoka not yet graded to a dan level is not included: those kendoka would outnumber considerably the dan graded players.
Kendo is a way to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana.
- 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.
- Thus will one be able:
- To love ones country and society.
- To contribute to the development of culture
- And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
So enough of the general knowledge. I wanted to find something aside from running and going to the gym (which is a real pain in the ass)
Like what I posted last year, I was really interested in Arnis. But it seems like Arnis does not want me as it has managed to elude me for the past months. So I tried looking online for any schools either in Mandaluyong or Manila that practices Kendo.
And viola. I found something.
Downloaded the map and the it came as an even pleasant surprise that their gym is like a 10- 20 minute walk from the office.
I'll be dropping by their dojo anytime soon and ask for more details.
Also as I was scouring the internet for more details, I stumbled upon a forum that discussed the torture (fun) that the students have.
Personally, my experiences in MKC have generally been both tough and fun...as I suppose kendo should be for us addicts. Right now we have four regular sensei, two 7th-dan, one 5th-dan, and one 4th-dan, with a 6th-dan sensei who drops by every now and then. All Japanese, of course, and we know that we're very lucky to be able to count on their guidance.
Most of the students are Pilipinos, with a few Japanese and French students in the mix. We currently only have a few members with dan-level though, but we still try and make our kendo competitive.
Our training format for the Saturday training (5-7pm) is as follows (this is for the senior students, or those who wear bogu) : We start with five minutes of cleaning the dojo floor. Then the rei ritual, followed by about ten to fifteen minutes of warm-ups. Then we do suburi for fifteen to twenty minutes. After a (very!) short break, we do waza practise for maybe thirty minutes. Then we break again for about five minutes, and go for ji-keiko. The length of time for this is variable, depending on how much time is left, but it's usually about forty minutes worth. Then it's five minutes of uchikomi-keiko, and the fun (torture ) is over.
We also have an abbreviated practise on Wednesdays (7-8pm). Here we start with about twenty minutes waza immediately followed by forty minutes of ji-keiko immediately followed by five minutes of uchikomi-keiko...and as you'll note, NO BREAKS!
One thing about training here though...the heat and humidity will get to you. If you're not used to it...well, let's just say that the first time I put on my bogu, I nearly vomited and fainted.
Anyway, hope that answers your questions. If you have any more, please feel free to ask. When are you coming here, anyway? Hope to see you in the dojo when you do.
P.S. Oh, by the way I'm not sure but I think the UP Kendo Club is currently inactive/disbanded. At least, I haven't once been able to catch them during their scheduled practise sessions, and I work in that school! Not entirely sure though, I'll try to confirm this fully."