3211 Transit Road
Buffalo, NY 14059
(716) 675 8430

Kimura Martial Arts Academy

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts in Western New York


Kendo students wear the traditional garb of the samurai, including a pleated long skirt-like garment known as a hakama. The most dramatic part of their equipment is the bogu, or armor, consisting of a head piece (men), chest protector (do), gloves (kote), and hip protector (tare).

In practice, students use a bamboo sword (shinai) which permits students to spar without injury. Kendo trainees also use hard wood swords known as bokuto in paired exercises known as kata. The object of a kendo match is to strike the opponent cleanly and precisely in one of eight target areas: left, middle, or right head strike, a strike on either wrist, a slashing blow on either side of the chest protector, or a thrust to the throat. The emphasis is on making a clean strike, with good form, correct posture and strong spirit.

The long sword of the samurai (katana) is used only in exhibitions

The Purpose of 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.
  • To forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.

Spiritual and Personal Growth

  • Love ones country and society;
  • Contribute to the development of culture;
  • Promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.