Learn Important Kendo Words, Commands & Terminology

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Learn Important Kendo Words, Commands & Terminology

Here are some of the key words, terms and commands used in Kendo. This martial arts style uses Japanese words and commands.

For other martial arts words & commands, please visit the main Martial Arts Terminology section.

Terms & Commands used in Kendo

  • Armor - Bogu
  • Belt - Obi
  • Body Movement - Tai Sabaki
  • Bow - Rei
  • Chest Protector - Do
  • Forms or Patterns - Kata
  • Gloves - Kote
  • Helmet - Men
  • Hip Protector - Tare
  • Practice Jacket - Kendogi
  • Practice Pants - Hakama
  • Practice Bamboo Sword - Shinai
  • Practice Hard Wood Sword - Bokken
  • Target Cutting - Tameshigiri

Counting System used in Kendo

  • One - Ichi
  • Two - Ni
  • Three - San
  • Four - Shi
  • Five - Go
  • Six - Roku
  • Seven - Shichi
  • Eight - Hachi
  • Nine - Kyu
  • Ten - Jyu
  • Eleven - Jyu Ichi
  • Twelve - Jyu Ni
  • Thirteen - Jyu San
  • Fourteen - Jyu Shi
  • Fifteen - Jyu Go
  • Sixteen - Jyu Roku
  • Seventeen - Jyu Shichi
  • Eighteen - Jyu Hachi
  • Nineteen - Jyu Kyu
  • Twenty - Ni Jyu


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