Learn about Kendo from the Obukan Kendo club website:

The Concept of Kendo
The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the applied study of the katana or Japanese sword.

The Purpose of Practicing Kendo
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.

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One Response to “Kendo”

  1. spacetomove Says:

    Does anyone know the source of this quote?

    “You must practice the fundamentals of kendo until fifty. The basics then become a part of you. When you think of the basics, they are often assumed to be something that was mastered in the early stages of a kendo career. This is a misconception. Many people bury the fundamentals deep in their minds without giving them a second thought.

    It took me fifty years to learn the fundamentals, and to make them a part of my body and soul. I did not enter the true discipline of kendo until I was fifty. This was because I was determined to practice kendo with my mind.

    The back and lower extremities begin to deteriorate at 60. The mind will complement the weakness of the body. I practiced kendo by utilizing my mind to compensate for my physical weakness.

    At 60, the whole body begins to weaken. I practiced to make my mind immovable and not to be disturbed.

    When the mind is immovable and focused, the opponent’s mind will reflect like a mirror. I have tried to retain this focus. When I reached 80, my mind became focused and immovable. I admit that I have occasional distractions. I seek to eliminate interfering thoughts.”

    Mochida Moriji, Kendo Hanshi Tenth Dan

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