Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Kendo - "The way of the sword"
Today I got the chance to watch the Kendo club after school. There is actually a small gym in my high school just for this sport! It is also a class! Kendo is a martial art involving precise hits on the head and shoulders with a bamboo katana "sword". It is very neat to watch. I really like their uniforms and armor! The members get in lines with a partner and practice hits, dives, and running. It is really fast. I made a movie of it; it is kind of fuzzy, but you can get the feel of how intense this activity really is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcxHEDcG8E8 Yes, they make those yells and screams on purpose. The boys make large grunts and yells, whereas the girls, they just scream like banshees. I am not being rude or exaggerating either. Watch and you will agree. Every hit, they scream, and it is not because they are scared. It is sheer power and discipline. I still don't know too much about this sport, but it seems like an awesome display of training and discipline! It is very fun to watch. The pics are of the members' orderly preparations. It is all a very tradtional process. The second shows the gym and the intense hitting. Enjoy the movie!