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CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY KENDO CLUB INTRODUCTORY HANDBOOK Fall 2008 Original Design: Hiroko Matsuyama Vector: Joseph Chen Case Western Reserve University Kendo Club 1 www.case.edu/orgs/kendo INTRODUCTION Kendo, the "way of the sword," is the most respected form of modern budo in Japan, and has perhaps the closest links to many aspects of the classical martial tradition. Although it may be broadly categorized as the ritualized, sportive version of Japanese fencing, kendo is neither a viable combat art nor is it a pure sport. The modern heir to the social, cultural, and philosophical heritage of the Japanese martial tradition, kendo is perceived by most experienced practitioners to be an essentially spiritual discipline (Draeger 1974:77). While kendo is a very traditional art and sport, it is also a lot of fun. We try to strike a balance between an emphasis on good form and posture and training for tournaments. The following sections will provide a good introduction to some of the basics of kendo, including the equipment, footwork, exercises, and some general terminology. Hopefully the pictures and diagrams will be a useful guide in understanding the concepts.

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  • CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

    KENDO CLUB

    INTRODUCTORY HANDBOOKFall 2008

    Original Design: Hiroko MatsuyamaVector: Joseph Chen

    Case Western Reserve University Kendo Club 1

    www.case.edu/orgs/kendo

    INTRODUCTIONKendo, the "way of the sword," is the most respected form of modern budo in Japan, and has perhaps the closest links to many aspects of the classical martial tradition. Although it may be broadly categorized as the ritualized, sportive version of Japanese fencing, kendo is neither a viable combat art nor is it a pure sport. The modern heir to the social, cultural, and philosophical heritage of the Japanese martial tradition, kendo is perceived by most experienced practitioners to be an essentially spiritual discipline (Draeger 1974:77).

    While kendo is a very traditional art and sport, it is also a lot of fun. We try to strike abalance between an emphasis on good form and posture and training for tournaments.The following sections will provide a good introduction to some of the basics of kendo,including the equipment, footwork, exercises, and some general terminology. Hopefully thepictures and diagrams will be a useful guide in understanding the concepts.

  • GENERAL EQUIPMENT

    KAMAE&FOOTWORK

    EXHIBIT A: KEIKO-GIEXHIBIT B: BOGU

    EXHIBIT C: WEAPONS !

    MEN

    DO

    KOTE

    TARE

    DOGI

    HAKAMA

    shinai

    bokken

    flamethrower(experienced members only)

    your feet should look like this!

    width of one foot

    area of does-not touch ground

    back

    straight!

    No matter what direction you move in,your left foot should never pass yourright foot.

    youll also eventually getblisters. sports tape is always nice to have handy

    Your shinai should always be pointed at youropponents throat.Its sort of hard to explain how to hold yourshinai on paper... ask one of us later ^^;

    Right foot front, left foot back. Your leftheel should be slightly raised during thechu-dan no kamae, which is shown here.

    ( these are feet )

    Case Western Reserve University Kendo Club 2

  • b. zenshin-kotai shomen-uchi (basic men)a. okina suburi (big men)

    while steppingfoward:

    knee level

    lift!

    footwork is same asbig men

    left handshould be approx.

    WARMING UP SUBURI EXERCISES (these are done after stretching)

    1 fist distanceaway from forehead.

    swing all the way back. swing all the way down.

    repeat stepping back.swing back... but not as far. swing down to about head level.

    rinse and repeat.

    c. sayu men e. suemono-giri (this thing sucks imo)

    stance: feet side-by-side, shoulder width apart.OW

    OW

    almost identical to the basic men,except you aim for the left+righttemples. the point is to keep yourleft hand centered.

    swing up likebasic men

    swing down.

    shinai should beparallel to the

    ground.

    d. Sayumen w/ashisabakifootwork

    watch and learn... f. hayasuburi

    fast version of basic men. youll get it eventually