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    I've thought about learning kendo, but I don't think I've ever heard of anyone within riding or driving distance who offers this sport. Kendo is the self defence sport that Eddie Murphy used in COMING TO AMERICA on the guy trying to hold up the restaurant.
    Is there anyone in this forum who knows kendo who give me advice? Has anyone heard of the sport being offered in a city near you?
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    Kendo is not really a self defense art. Kendo is the sport version of Kenjutsu just like Judo is the sport version of jujutsu. It is a great workout and will increase agility, timing, and reflexes. Yes, it is hard to find Kendo schools in the US.

    There are two in NY, NY and some schools offer Kendo in addition to their primary art(s). NY is big enough to support a separate school. I have been in the martial arts for 8 years. If you want to talk off-line, email me at tribobpa@yahoo.com

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by TriBob
    [B]Kendo is not really a self defense art. Kendo is the sport version of Kenjutsu just like Judo is the sport version of jujutsu. It is a great workout and will increase agility, timing, and reflexes. Yes, it is hard to find Kendo schools in the US.

    WHAT???
    Before we go on further here let us define a "martial art." The word martial can be defined as pertaining to war or to the armed services, warlike, military. Art can be defined as skill; a human skill as opposed to nature. Is Kendo a "martial art?" Yes it indeed it is. What is Kendo? The practice of swordplay that was used by the Samurai. Is Kendo used as a sport? Yes it indeed is can it be used as self defense? ABSOLUTELY!!! The teaching of Kendo and one who practices Kendo is equally adept at defending him or herself. It is like any other "martial art". There can be a sport or kata version and there can be a combat version. A true Kendo dojo would be instruction in how to use a sword. If a real sword were placed in the hands of a practitioner of Kendo he or she should be able to utilize that weapon with an amount of proficiency capable of one's own defense.
    Last but not least lets define Kendo. Kendo is defined as "the way of the sword." Kenjutsu is defined as "the art of the sword."

    http://www.sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca/sports/kendo/about.html
    http://www.bl.physik.tu-muenchen.de/...ido/node2.html
    http://www.kendo-usa.org/abtken.htm
    http://www.bl.physik.tu-muenchen.de/...ido/node4.html
    http://www.koryubooks.com/guide/kenjutsu.html
    http://www.kazearashiryu.org/armed.htm

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    Speakign of martial arts, me and my cycling buddy are gonna get some of that transparent wire and a crain and make "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Bicycle" and bounce rooftop to rooftop on our bikes while reclaiming the sacred green bicycle from the clutches of evil. We just can't afford a camera right now.

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    Yes Hunter I agree with you. The origianl post was " Kendo is the self defence sport that Eddie Murphy used in COMING TO AMERICA on the guy trying to hold up the restaurant. " First Eddie Murphy was using more Bo or jo-jutsu not kendo. Second the request was to learn self defence. Although the principals of armed and unarmed combat overlap, if someone off the street wanted to learn self defense, Kendo would not be my first recomendation. If the want to study Kendo for the art, great.

    Outside of MA circles, kendo and self defense are different. I have never seen a self defense book explain the ma-ai of a shinai. Since this is a cycling forum, I was using the general level of understanding. Does Kendo teach un-armed applications of its techniques? I have not taken Kendo. However, in learning sword and stick arts, you learn the application of the technique with the weapon and without.

    I was trying to gear the response to someone with little or no experience before delving into the correct vs popular definitions of MA. It is always good to see other people with a zest to keep things straight in the MA.

    Bob

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    Kendo or no kendo, the best thing to prevent a bike theft is if you can lift your bike and throw it at the bike thief, but then he will not be able to steal your bike but you'll have a broken bike, better still don't go to a place where there are bad elements, just suggesting:thumbup:
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