Kendo is the modern art of Japanese sword and it is a challenging endeavor that requires attention to detail, focus, and mental flexibility in addition to physical conditioning. Practice begins with a focus on rei-ho or etiquette, and proceeds with basic exercise to eventual use of armor and full contact sparring with shinai or bamboo training swords. Predetermined exercise or kata are performed with bokken or wooden training swords.
The regional federation was established in Englewood, Colorado in 1973, Rocky Mountain Kendo and Iaido Federation (RMKIF), which is the governing body for Kendo in Cheyenne and Laramie and the RMKIF ensures that we adhere to the national and international standard of Kendo as prescribed by the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and the International Kendo Federation (IKF). The AUSKF is the sole recognized organization for administration of Kendo in the United States.
The Rocky Mountain Kendo and Iaido Federation hosts several Kendo gasshuku (special training seminar) and shinsa (test for rank) each year for member dojo. The RMKIF also administers a regional taikai or tournaments for members.
As set forth by the All Japan Kendo Federation in 1975
The Concept of Kendo
The concept of Kendo is:
To discipline the human character
Through the application of the principles of the Katana.''
The purpose of practicing Kendo
The purpose of practicing Kendo is:
To mold the mind and body,
To cultivate a vigorous spirit,
And through correct and rigid training,
To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo,
To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor,
To associate with others with sincerity,
And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.
This will make one be able:
To love his/her country and society,
To contribute to the development of culture
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.''
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