What is Kendo
Kendo is a form of Traditional East Asian fencing that typically uses body armour and bamboo swords. Widely practiced in Japan and Korea it is a highly popular martial art that is enjoyed by school children, university students, professional athletes, and amateur adults.
There are four main target areas in Kendo that constitute a valid cut or strike.
Kendo equipment is divided into clothing, armour, and weapons. The clothing consists of a heavy duty wrap over jacket Keiko-gi similar to that used in Judo, and a pair of traditional pleated trousers Hakama similar to those used in Aikido. The armour bogu, as you can see in the various pictures below, is made up of four components:
A protective helmet with a metal face grill and a throat pad
Thick padded gloves
A bamboo breastplate
A thick layered hip protector