Halifax Kendo Club

Mindset of Teaching Kendo

The Significance of the Shinai

For the correct transmission and development of Kendo, efforts should be

made to teach the correct way of handling the shinai in accordance with the

principles of the sword.

Kendo is a way where the individual cultivates one’s mind (the self) by

aiming for shin-ki-ryoku-itchi (unification of mind, spirit and technique) utilizing

the shinai. The “shinai-sword” should be not only directed at one’s opponent

but also at the self. Thus, the primary aim of instruction is to encourage the

unification of mind, body and shinai through training in this discipline.

 

Reiho - Etiquette

When instructing, emphasis should be placed on etiquette to encourage respect for partners, and nurture people with a dignified and humane character.

Even in competitive matches, importance is placed on upholding etiquette

in Kendo. The primary emphasis should thus be placed on instruction in

the spirit and forms of reiho (etiquette) so that the practitioner can develop

a modest attitude to life, and realize the ideal of koken-chiai (the desire to

achieve mutual understanding and betterment of humanity through Kendo.)

 

Lifelong Kendo

While providing instruction, students should be encouraged to apply the full

measure of care to issues of safety and health, and to devote themselves to

the development of their character throughout their lives.

Kendo is a “way of life” that successive generations can learn together.

The prime objective of instructing Kendo is to encourage the practitioner

to discover and define their way in life through training in the techniques of

Kendo. Thus, the practitioner will be able to develop a rich outlook on life and

be able to put the culture of Kendo into use, thereby benefitting from its value

in their daily lives through increased social vigour.

 

March 14, 2007

All Japan Kendo Federation