Kendo means “Way of the Sword”. It is a traditional Japanese martial art of sword-fighting which was developed as a safe way for Samurai to practise their swordsmanship.

Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines Martial Arts etiquette such as respect for your teachers and opponent, with regular physical practice. Physical practice or “Keiko” can be demanding, but students are never placed in a situation where they may feel uncomfortable.

In 1975, the All Japan Kendo Federation developed and published “The Concept and Purpose of Kendo


Kendo is a way to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana (sword).


The purpose of practising kendo is:

    To mould the mind and body.
To cultivate a vigorous spirit
And through correct and structured training,
To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo.
To hold in esteem courtesy and honour.
To associate with others with sincerity.
And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.

Thus will one be able:
To love one's country and society;
To contribute to the development of culture;
And to promote peace and prosperity among all people.
Kendoka practicing at a seminar
Photo of all participants of a national team training in Cork