The purpose of kendo as stated by the: All-Japan Kendo Federation:
The purpose of practicing kendo is
To mold the mind and body,
To cultivate a vigorous spirit,
And through correct and rigid training
To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo;
To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor,
To treat others with sincerity,
And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.
- Thus will one be able:
- To love ones country and society.
- To contribute to the development of culture
- And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
In ancient Japan the katana was held sacred, even the making of a samurai sword was conducted as a religious ceremony. The samurai handled the sword and were also held to a high standard of conduct that was passed on to today’s swordsmen. The reverence for the sword as a symbol whether made of bamboo, wood or steel has not changed, even today. The high personal standards molded through correct and rigid training is evident and clearly seen in today’s kendo.