Did you know which body parts are protected by kendo armor?

Hakama and kendo-gi are worn under the kendo armor. These are robust version of the formal samurai wear of 18th and 19th century. These uniforms were worn during learning process of the art of using the sword, because they emphasized the formality of the occasion. Kendo practice is determined to be something more than physical exercise, and the choice of clothing emphasizes just that.

Gi is sewn from thick, high quality cotton and has a  ¾ long sleeves. It is very similar to the upper part of judo uniforms, only longer.

Hakama, , looks like a long skirt. Woven from high quality cotton, or cotton and polyester mix, it is comfortable, allows easy movement and hides your legs from an opponent. Hakamas are the same as those used in aikido; only difference is that wearing kendo hakama does not bind any master degree.
Pleats on Hakama symbolize the seven virtues that are highly valued in Japanese society.

1st Yuki (courage)
2nd  Jin (benevolence, kindness)
3rd  Gi (fairness, integrity)
4th Rei (etiquette, politeness)
5th Makoto (honesty, honesty)
6th Chug (faithfulness, loyalty, commitment)
7th Meyo (honor)


Bogu(kendo armor) protects head, neck, wrists and abdomen. These are also the scoring areas.

The helmet is called men.Oval steel or
titanium grill protects the face. Throat protector
is positioned just below the grill and marks
tsuki target area (about 7cm x 10cm). Robust, stitched cotton and leather material is attached to the grill and it extends over the scalp, ears and shoulders.

Kote, protect hands and wrists. Its outer side is covered with thick padded leather.
The part that protects the forearm and wrists is made in the same way as men.
Palms are covered with one thin layer of leather.

Do protects chest, abdomen and ribs.
Do It is constructed out of 48 to 64 pieces of bamboo, covered with leather and lacquered. 
Less expensive ones are made of fiberglass. 

Tare,  protect your hips and groin. It is made from a stitched thick cotton material.

(cotton towel) is worn under the men
for comfort and sweat absorption.
Tenugui is usually decorated with printed designs
or Japanese ideograms (kanji).




Weapon which is mostly used in Kendo is called shinai. It is constructed out of 4 pieces of bamboo. Tip is covered with leather (saki-gawa). The opposite end is covered with longer piece of leather and it forms the grip (Tsuka). The grip is mostly round, but sometimes it can be oval as on real katana. Leather lace (nakayui) is tied on the first third of the shinai. The top and the grip are connected by thin cord (tsuru)
Tsuru also presents the "dull side of the sword". Round hand protector is called tsuba and it is made of leather or plastic.
The entire design allows shinai to remain flexible, but in the same time strong enough to avoid losing its form and absorb energy of the shock. 

Kendo players also use boken or wooden sword. Boken are constructed of Japanese white oak,
although they may be made from various exotic hardwood species.

They are same size as the katana and slightly curved. Its grip is also the same length and oval as on katana.
Boken is used to practice kendo kata, which originate from kenjutsu.


Swords for kendo kata kendo-to are made of special alloy steel. They are mainly used for demonstration of kendo kata, so that they can withstand the hits that are made in the kata.



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Why practice kendo?

Did you know that people of all ages can practice Kendo?


  • Nikola Cvetanović +381 (0)66 241 231
  • Nebojša Zrnović +381 (0)64 830 7083
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Training schedule:

Monday from 19:00 to 20:00
Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00
Friday from 20:00 to 21:00


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11000 Belgrade, Serbia.

They said:

pictureTomorrow’s battle is won during today’s practice."
Samurai proverb