Kendo is the Japanese way of fencing, in old times it was practiced by the samurais. The fighter wears an armour for protection and is armed with a bamboo sword known as a Shinaï.
Technical exercises are done with a bokken (a wooden sword) and an iaito (a replica of a real metal sword). We are practising Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keiko Ho, Kendo No Kata and Gokyo No Kata.
The study of Kendo is complementary with the practice of Iaido, for they are intimately linked. Purist practitioners will say that those two disciplines are indivisible!
The BUTOKUKAN encourages their members to practice both arts for a harmonious development and a comprehension of the techniques.