Kendo literally means the way of the sword and it is a type of traditional Japanese martial art that was based on Kenjutsu. When practicing Kendo fighting, making use of the Bogu (Kendo armor) and the Shinai (bamboo sword) are necessary and it is best that every Kendoka has their own set of these. Kendo is also a martial art form that requires its participants to engage in rigorous physical activities and regular practice to perfect the martial art.
Kendo fighting techniques and methods are generally made up of thrusts and strikes; strikes are usually targeted on the wrist or head area and the Kendokas body is usually concealed by a protective armor. These protective gears are vital when practicing Kendo since a wrong strike can easily lead to severe injuries; so with that, it is a must to practice Kendo regularly and it is also vital to follow all the rules to avoid accidents and injuries.
Among the known Kendo Tournament is the World Kendo Championship a renowned international Kendo tournament where the member nations that are part of the International Kendo Federation gather and compete. The FIK is the international federation of regional and national Kendo groups, and it is the governing body specifically for its members. Championships for the martial art have continuously been conducted every three years since its beginning in the year 1970.
Team, the Mens Team, Womens Individual, and the Mens Individual. For the team matches in the Kendo competition, these are individual between five members from each present team, and these constantly change at the end of every round. It is said in Japan that this Kendo tournament is not of the same quality as the All-Japan Police Kendo Championship or the All-Japan Kendo Championship since they claim that there are definite differences in the quality when it comes to the competitive level and style exhibited by the countries where some Japanese have lived, reigned or immigrated before the Second World War. They have shared another opinion and this stated that the level of referees who were non-Japanese do not exhibit enough qualities to properly and fairly judge these Kendo tournament matches. To offset this way of thinking, the International Kendo Federation organized mandatory international referee conventions or seminars with high-ranking Kendo officials are made the lecturers.