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Minnesota Kendo

Minnesota Kendo, for mental & physical fitness, Develop graceful conduct & strong spirit

Minnesota kendo Most martial arts today are meant to help maintain mental and physical fitness, develop graceful conduct and a strong spirit. The arts are not for violent individuals who are always out to cause trouble. There are various martial art forms in the world, which includes, kendo plus many others. In Minnesota, there are groups and clubs that train individuals on the art of Kendo.

The literal meaning of the word Kendo is, the way of the sword. Kendo is an art that resembles the art of fencing; some call it fencing in the Japanese way. With its roots from Japan, it is founded on the legacy of classical Japanese swordsmanship.

It is mostly mistaken for other martial arts like Kenjutsu and Iaido. As opposed to the other techniques, Kendo does not use live blades but special weapons known as shinai. These weapons are made of bamboo. Those who practice Kendo are known as Kendoists, and during practices they put on Amor which is known as Bogu to protect themselves from any bodily harm.

Minnesota kendo Located in Minneapolis, is a non-profit organization that trains in the martial art of Kendo known as Minnehaha Kendo Dojo. This group is a member in both the Midwest Kendo Federation and the All United States Kendo Federation. Being a non-profit organization, Minnehaha Kendo Dojo, led by Bob Cochran directs all the resources collected from the registrations of members in form of membership fees to rent and upkeep. The group does not pay their instructor any salary or wage. The philosophy of the dojo is to shape the human character through the application of the principles of the sword.

The use of swords as weapons of defense has been passed through time; instead swords are nowadays considered as antiques and are passed down from generation to generation as a means of conserving the art of swordsmanship. Kendo has a saying that goes; Kendo begins with etiquette and ends with etiquette. Meaning before one gets to use the bamboo swords, one has to master the right conduct and etiquette of the art. Through this a person develops a vigorous spirit, courtesy and honor.

If you are interested in learning Kendo then you can join Minnehaha Kendo Dojo. The group has a well developed program for the various levels of Kendoists. Practices take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For beginners the best training day is on Saturday because itís when the basics are normally taught. The Saturdaysí training costs $35 per month. Once you are well acquainted with the drills, you can proceed to the Wednesday and Friday trainings where more advanced skills are taught. The advanced techniques come at a slightly higher fee of $45 per month. Please take note, during the training sessions; beginners are not permitted to use the Bogu.

The ranking in Kendo resembles other martial art forms. There are six levels below the black belt and ten levels above it. The only difference between Kendo and the other arts is that it does not have any outward sign of its ranks. If you are not around the Minneapolis,donít worry for there are other Kendo clubs across Minnesota. The Carleton College Kendo Club situated in Northfield, Minnesota and Hokkyokusei Kendo Club in Rochester, Minnesota are a couple of the other Kendo training clubs.

So if youíre interested in growing your knowledge and skill in the art of Kendo, then donít hesitate to take advantage of the multiple training facilities. Youíll be surprised how the art can increase your stamina, limit confrontations, and reduce stress.



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