Do you know what are scoring ares in kendo?

Kendo matches are held on square courts (sides are 9m to 11m long). Each match judged by one main and two assistant referees (Shimpan). The winner isplayer who scores two points (ipon) first. Men's match usually lasts for 5 min, while ladies and junior matches last about 3 min. If the time runs out and result is a draw, the fight is extended until first point is scored. 
In addition to individual matches, team matches are held as well. Team usually consists of 5 fighters. Team fights are held in predetermined row. First fighter from one team fight vs. first fighter from another, second vs. second, third vs. third, etc. … The team with more mtches won, wins. If score is tied (number of wins, and number of points is the same) then one more fight is held and it will last until the first point is scored. For a team of 5 fighters names of positions (from the first to the captain) are: Sempo, JihoChuken, FukushoTaisho.

There are four scoring areas in kendo, those are: men (head), kote (wrists), do (abdomen),tsuki (throat).                 
Unlike the European fencing, contact with a scoring zone is not enough to score a point. Point is scored only if strike is properly performed. It needs to contain principles of : ki-ken-tai-ichi and Zanshin.

 Ki-ken-tai-ichi translates as: mind, sword and body as one. 
-spirit or mind. The competitor must concentrate, and focus his senses and spirit toward his opponent and oponents actions.
-KEN- has to be an instrument of attack. The competitor must use his sword to strike opponent's scoring zone in proper way.
-TAI- body, is the final element, which refers to the physical aspect (proper posture, proper movement, etc…)

In practice, the sword must accurately hit the scoring zone at the same time as body weight is transferred to the front foot (accompanied by the loud stomping sound), a target’s name is shout  out loud  (kiai).

Zanshin refers to a state of awareness – of relaxed alertness. After attack we must be in a position which allows us to continue the attack, we must also be careful enough not to be in danger of counter attack.

In practical terms this means that after we strike, we should make a safe distance as quickly as we can and  prepare for further combat.

Competitions are important, but not essential part of kendo. Many people practice kendo with little or no competitive experience. Some high level teachers say that focusing only on tournaments is wrong, since we are focusing mostly on speed and winning at the expense of proper technique. 

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