Kendo is the art of duelling with a live opponent using a bamboo practice sword (shinai). To absorb shinai strikes Kendo students (kendoka) wear armor (bogu).
Some advanced students of Japanese sword arts have described Kendo and Iaido as two aspects of a whole, or "two sides of a coin".
Wondering what Kendo looks like? Check this YouTube video introduction.
We do not require our students to study Kendo. But to have at least part of the experience of facing a live opponent we practice Kendo Kata whenever time and opportunity allows.
Watch these excellent examples of Kendo Kata:
If you are looking for intense aerobic exercise and a martial art that challenges you to think on your feet while facing a fierce opponent whose bamboo sword is pointed at your head, please consider studying Kendo at any of the excellent regional Kendo dojos listed here.