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Buffalo, NY 14059
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Kimura Martial Arts Academy

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts in Western New York

Kendo

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.