Introduction to Kendo – Japanese Sports

Introduction to Kendo – Japanese Sports

Hi, everyone! Autumn is a season for sports. Do you know any Japanese traditional sports? Have you ever tried martial arts before? I have been interested in trying
martial arts for a while now, and today finally I have
a chance to try one of them. Today I’m going to do kendō. Today, I’m here at 誠道館
(Seidō-kan) which is located in Nippori,Tokyo to have my first kendō experience. Let’s go! 右手はつ鍔のとこに
(Migite wa tsuba no toko ni…)
“The right hand is on the guard…” 左手は、この柄頭と
(Hidarite wa, kono tsukagashira to)
“And the left hand is at a point called” 言いますけどここに、小指が…
(iimasu kedo koko ni, koyubi ga…)
“tsukagashira and the little finger is…” そして左手は、だいたいへその前ぐらい、
(Soshite hidarite wa, daitai heso no mae gurai,)
“Then the left hand is around the front of your navel.” に、一握り、ワングリップ空けます。
(ni, hitonigiri, wangurippu akemasu.)
“Leave a space the size of a fist.” ワングリップ空けます。
(Wangurippu akemasu.)
“The size of a fist.” そして右手お取れます。
(Soshite migite o toremasu.)
“And put back the right hand.” そうするとだいたい相手の喉にきます。
(Sō suru to daitai aite no nodo ni kimasu.)
“It comes to an opponent’s throat.” これがグッドです。
(Kore ga guddo desu.)
“This is…” とりあえずは面と小手と胴。
(Toriaezu wa men to kote to dō.)
“For now, mask, glove, and torso.” ご線条ある?
(Go senjo aru?)
“Is there a mark?” 胴はここ。
(Dō wa koko.)
“Here is the torso.” 面
“Mask.” 小手
“Glove.” 胴
“Torso.” はい、胴。
(Hai, dō.)
“Okay, torso.” 面
“Mask.” 面
“Mask.” 小手
“Glove.” 小手
“Glove.” 胴
“Torso.” 胴
“Torso.” 胴
“Torso.” Kendō is a kind of Japanese martial art
based on traditional swordsmanship and it means, “the way of the sword”. There are various theories
on how kendō began. One is that kendō was developed from traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmanship. Nowadays, kendō is one of the
common club activities at school. Doing kendō can also improve more
focus, stronger spirit, and body strengths. ほんとにこれが結構暑いですね。
(Honto ni kore ga kekkō atsui desu ne.)
“This one is very hot.” It’s very hot. 手がちょっと疲れた。
(Te ga chotto tsukareta.)
“My hands are tired.” Come one. I’m strong. これが胴。
(Kore ga dō.)
“This is a torso protector.” 小手
“Glove.” 顎がは入んないです、あ、入った。
(Ago ga hainnai desu, a, haitta)
“I can’t squeeze my jaw… oh, I made it.” 今度僕も打ちます。
(Kondo boku mo uchimasu.)
“Now I’ll beat you, too.” はい。
“Okay.” 僕も打ちますからね。
(Boku mo uchimasu kara ne.)
“I’ll beat you, too.” I am so tired, but it’s fun! How do you feel? 結構、これ付けてるから大丈夫かなと思うけど、痛い。
(Kekkō, kore tsuketeru kara daijobu
kana to omou kedo, itai.)
“You might think I’m fine with the protector, but it hurts.” 面、面、面…
(Men, men, men…)
“Mask, mask, mask…” はい、お疲れ様でした。
(Hai, o-tsukare-sama deshita.)
“Thank you for your hard work.” はい、終わります。
(Hai, owarimasu.)
“That’s all.” 礼。
“Bow.” お互いに…
(Otagai ni…)
“To each other…” ありがとうございます。
(arigatō gozaimashita.)
“Thank you very much.” It was harder than I thought and like it’s so hard to like strike and then strike again, like you need to be fast, but like, you’re just like tired like one
swing and then you couldn’t like… and you’re like, the sensei just gives you like, pang, pang, pang. 面、面、面…
(Men, men, men…) That was fun. あと、やっぱりすっごい集中しますね。
(Ato, yappari suggoi shūchū shimasune.)
“I was really concentrating.” こう、なんだろう。
(Kō, nan da rō.)
“How can I say…” 剣道してる間ずっと集中してる感じがして、
(kendō shiteru aida zutto shūchū shiteru kanji ga shite.)
“While doing kendō, I feel like I can concentrate.” 本当に集中力付けるはいいかも。
(honto ni shūchū-ryoku tsukeru ni wa ii kamo.)
“It might help improve your concentration.” あと精神力。
(Ato seishin-ryoku)
“And your inner strength as well.” この剣道でその人の、
(Kono kendō de sono hito no,)
“kendō is kind of…” なんて言うんだろう?
(nan te iun da rō?)
“How can I say it?” キャラクターとかそう言うのが
(Kyarakutā toka sōiu no ga sugoi deru to omoimashita.)
“It shows your personality very well. I think so.” 先生の目が、すごいパワーがすごかったです。
(Sensei no me ga, sugoi pawā ga sugokatta desu.)
“The master’s eyes had a strong power.” たまにちらっと見るとパワーが。
(Tama ni chiratto miru to pawā ga.)
“When I got a glimpse of them.” The people that have been doing it
there for a really long time were really good and they were
like really epic and intense. It was really cool. Okay. お疲れ。
“Good job.” Today’s keywords and phrases: 集中
“concentrate” 竹刀
“bamboo sword” 防具
“armor” 道具
“equipment” 面
“mask” 小手
“gloves” 垂れ
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  2. Do more Japanese martial arts intro videos like classical japanese jujutsu, kyokushin karate, or aikijujutsu!

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  4. Never liked the look of Kendo outfits. Especially the helmet. One reason I've never bothered with doing Kendo lessons.

    I'd rather just do it the old fashioned way with a bokken and no armour.
    Get hurt? Learning the hard way! You'll put in more effort to learn how to block that painful whack to the ribs etc.

  5. Each time i watch Risa's vedio, I can't stop thinking that am i really coming here for learning Japanese? Oh, God help me!

  6. Koniichiwa Risa san. Can you also suggest some nice books that will give an insight into Japanese culture and city life.Arigato !

  7. I really think about training Kendo but I still have not found a good place to practice. A video about Aikido would also be very interesting.

  8. I don’t know if I’m wrong but, you wrote 打ちas 打(ぼく)ち But the correct one is uchi not bokuchi

    Thank you ,,,, I hope you see my comment

  9. From what I’m seeing this isn’t like the swordsmanship that was used back in the time of samurai, the blades back then were very brittle due to the high amount of carbon and the multitude of folding the brittle steel in the blade’s production, so these warriors tried to avoid blocking another blade with their own as it would do more ham than good, damaging the blade. So they were always going for kill shots and honing their skills so they never drag out the battles in order to keep their blade sharp and intact.

  10. i am about to start kendo with a friend next week, happy to stumble upon this video to what practice would look most likely look like!

  11. Remembered Crayon Shin Chan funny episodes where Shin Chan goes to Kendo class and trouble his master….😂😂😂😂

  12. So kawaii, all tired and sweaty… hahaha

    Learning japanese sword is really inspiring, something that really calls the inner self. A lot!

  13. Hi, have you done a video on Japanese schools? My son goes to a bilingual (Japanese) school here in Australia, and each year he goes to school in Japan – it would be good if you could do some mini documentaries on what it's like to go to school in Japan, and the differences too!!

  14. It's been said that good kendo practitioners aren't always good real sword fighters.
    They require different mind set and technique.

    For example, Kondo Isami, the leader of Shinsen-gumi(Assassin group hired by the Tokugawa regime in mid-1800s) was known as a lousy kendo practitioner but once he had the real sword in his hands, he was unbeatable, at least that's what the legend says.

    But that doen's mean practicing Kendo doesn't add anything positive to the real sword fight, it does.

  15. Kendo is just a sport, not a martial art, you can’t use it in real combat. The technique in kendo are unrealistic in real sword fight. Fencing is more realistic comparatively.

  16. We also have kendo in the Philippines. Some 5th to 7th rank sensei always visit and teach us how to do the right way of kendo. And the first time for me was like this also(except the laughing and giggling, they were strict). But despite the pain, I still continue doing kendo. Most of the people who do kendo here don't have rankings yet because we have to go to hongkong if we want to take the test.

  17. Risa, can we opposite our hand for using the handle, i mean i am good using left hand attack, can i use my left hand up to my right hand…?

  18. Thank you for sharing this video! I am interested in Kendo and this video gives a wonderful insight into what is done in practice. I love your videos on Japanese culture.

  19. Hi Risa san, I am starting Kendo thise year at my local Kendo dojo. I already have a Shinai and I await the arrival of my first Kendogi and Hakama 😀

  20. I know kendo from my very childhood because of shin chan. Loved the video and you look pretty in the warrior dress. saiyonara

  21. Nice to see that they were not better than any other European beginning as an adult. Exactly the same – except footwork maybe… 😁

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