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The purpose of Kendo training and the physical demands of the martial art.Page Title Module
From a physical perspective be prepared for bruises, blisters, sore muscles, hard work, explosive movements, GREAT posture (Keep your back straight, keem good stance!), basically the demands on the body inherent with many sports. With kendo though, I'm finding the discipline, the ritual, the respect and the cameraderie are rewarding on many different levels. I say take Paburo's advice and watch a few practices. I suggest one beginner and one in armour, and if you can, some sparring or a tournament, then you'll get some idea of the kinds of physical demands that kendo requires of you. I hope you decide to join up and stay with it as it is a very rewarding and enjoyable activity.
physically it can be demanding but only after you get into armour, before then it is less demanding as you learn the basic techniques and footwork
the training is particularly cardiovascular and endurance based, initially there will be muscular training in your forearms, wrists, calves, abs and lower back
all these demands are brought about by the practice of kendo itself not by exercises or anything
Physical strength is not a requirement for kendo, i cant remember of the top of my head cuz i havent been doing kendo too long but a shinai weighs between 500g and a kilo, so its not very heavy at all, armour can be a little heavy at first but you quickly get used to it
technique is much more important than strength in kendo, thats why small people are good at kendo
I am just wondering the purpose of Kendo training and the physical demands of the martial art because i want to get the entire concept and understanding of the sport before i even think of training.
That came across as if you 'really' need to know. Try not to run before you can walk. Everyone here so far has given good advice, but you need to experience it for yourself first. Why do you have such a need to know the purpose and concept in its entirety? Are you just wondering whether to start kendo, depending on the answers you get to your question?
If you've yet to start kendo, then if it were me, i'd be happy with what people have posted and go try it for myself.
Concepts, imho tend to remain the same, as for purpose, well, your own kendo make have a different purpose to someone else's, so to will your understanding of it. Your philosophies and goals in kendo will no doubt change during your time studying it as well. So why burden yourself at the start with all these questions. Go practice.....and love it for what it gives you, not what it gives others.