Definition of kendo in English:



  • A Japanese form of fencing with two-handed bamboo swords, originally developed as a safe form of sword training for samurai.

    as modifier ‘a kendo match’
    • ‘kendo waist armor’
    • ‘It is a fact that karate, judo, kendo, and iaido are much easier to learn than aikido.’
    • ‘I've trained in western fencing, kendo and martial arts, and the knocks are different, but with a good instructor the results are the same.’
    • ‘Judo, kendo, and karate-do have been introduced as sports.’
    • ‘They also trained the police students who all held first or second black belts in judo or kendo.’
    • ‘I think in about 1950 it was again legal to practice judo or kendo.’
    • ‘At that time I was also a second degree black belt in kendo so I already understood how to use the sword, the footwork, and how to extend my arms.’
    • ‘From both an educational and historical point of view, aikido has a meaning and content which is inferior to neither kendo nor judo.’
    • ‘Most practitioners were young and generally big men with some judo or kendo experience, so practice was rather rough.’
    • ‘Ask some people why they do judo or kendo and you will get some who will answer that they train to be able to win a fight.’
    • ‘Most of them were already quite strong in judo or kendo or whatever art they had studied.’
    • ‘He spent nearly a year studying kendo, karate and other Japanese martial arts.’
    • ‘The boom in new types of martial arts contrasts with a decline in the popularity of their traditional counterparts, such as judo and kendo, or fighting with bamboo swords.’
    • ‘Although my children practiced kendo, I had never tried a martial art.’
    • ‘It is true that he was very good at both judo and aikido, but he also held high ranks in other martial arts as well, including kendo.’
    • ‘Two years later, I began studying aikido, and two years after that I began studying kendo and iaido.’
    • ‘In most kendo schools, kata practice had been the only way to teach or learn kendo techniques until about 1750.’
    • ‘It was made for kendo practice and the hardwood floors were about as forgiving as a basketball court.’
    • ‘This is why iaido is more popular than iaijutsu and kendo is more popular than kenjutsu.’
    • ‘That they are being granted the opportunity to don their kendo masks and armour and arm themselves on what amounts to home turf makes them a little more excited.’
    • ‘I was awarded my black belt and my very own kendo armor.’



/ˈkendō/ /ˈkɛndoʊ/


Japanese, from ken ‘sword’ + dō ‘way’.