kendo The origin of Kendo, which began with the emergence of the sword, has a long history. The modern Japanese sword appeared around the year 940. And with the development of fighting techniques during the Warring State era (1467-1568) a high level of sword skill began to emerge. Kendo, which today is a traditional art of Japan, is regarded as being an especially effective means of training the young and old to be healthy, both physically and mentally. In recent years people throughout the world have come to understand the spilit of Kendo, and Kendo is now acclaimed internationally. In practice and in competitions, each participant wears special protective clothing: a hakama a mask, a breastplate,gauntlets. In place of a sword they use "shinai", which is made of 4 strip of bamboo bound together.