Kendo equipment is usually made up of the uniform, the swords, and its armor.
When it comes to Kendo swords, there are two different types used and these are the bokken or bokuto and the shinai; the bokken is a quality, solid wooden sword that is made from beautiful oak or any other suitable type of hardwood. This type of sword is commonly utilized for kata but never for competitions, matches, or even sparring sessions. The shinai, on the other hand, is made from four bamboo leather and staves so due to its elasticity, the shinai is commonly used for sparring practice.
As for the dogi (uniform), it is made up of a woven cotton top called the Keikogi plus pleated trousers that resemble a skirt that is called the Hakama. For its Bogu, it is made up of four specific pieces and these include the Men (its helmet), the Do (body protection), the Kote (body protection), and the Tare which is specifically made to protect the groin and hip area.