Kendo is an exciting and exhilarating martial art as well as an internationally recognized sport practiced by millions of men and women around the world. It is Japanese fencing derived from the ancient art of Samurai swordsmanship, most notably the Itto Ryu of Kenjutsu. Using a simulated sword made of bamboo slats, and wearing protectors, the kendoka competes against an opponent according to established scoring points and regulations. It is excellent training for the mind and body which is exemplified by the poem that many kendoka recite after practice;
“Ken to wa kokoro nari. Kokoro tadashi kereba, sono ken tadashi. Kokoro tadashi karazareba, sono ken mata tadashi karazu. Ken o manaban to suru mono wa subekaraku sono kokoro wo manabe”,
“The sword is the mind (soul). If the mind is right, the sword is right. If the mind is not right, the sword also cannot be right. The person who wishes to study the sword must first study their mind”.
In kendo, the practitioner also studies and practices the 10 Kendo no kata also based on schools of kenjutsu which hold the spirit and principles of this excellent art. The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana (The sword).
The purpose of practicing Kendo is:
To mold the mind and body
To cultivate a vigorous spirit
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
Thus one be able to love their country and society, to contribute to the development of culture, and to promote peace and prosperity among all people.
Our Kendo school started with Moses Becerra sensei, originally from the Ken Zen Dojo in NYC and eventually became the Shumeikan dojo located on the Eastern end of Long Island. With Becerra's sensei's eventual relocation to Florida, some of his senior students headed specifically by Morgan Hooper, sensei re-established the dojo in Astoria, Queens and continue a strong relationship with Becerra Sensei's now Tokubukan Dojo in Miami, FL. Please visit www.enshinkan.com for more information.