Benefits Of Kendo
Kendo isn't just a physical practice. Training bestows a number of benefits upon the practitioners. Some of these include the following:
Kendo provides a great opportunity to practice your listening skills, especially as it can be a rather noisy martial art! Additionally it helps to develop self-control and discipline.
Memory and Focus
Martial arts overall sharpens the memory, helps memory retention and builds focus as it keeps students mentally engaged.
In any physically challenging martial art, hand-eye coordination is critically important. Kendo is even more so as reaction time is critical as is the ability to perform multiple actions at the same time. Kendo also provides plenty of chances to improve fine motor skills through techniques, obstacles, drills and challenges.
Students experience many partner and team-orientated situations in class that help to develop strong communication skills as well as an overall friendly environment for interacting with others.
Speed, Agility and Balance
These all form the foundation of good kendo and develops better body awareness and coordination.
Everyone needs goals and goal setting is an important skill in all walks of life, no matter how old. Martial arts teach both short-term and long-term goal setting in a positive environment.
Once you have entered into the armour stage and are ready to spar, through the international community, you can compete on many levels at various competitions. If you continue in your kendo career, you can try out for the national team and experience the best of the best from all countries as they fight it out as they compete for the gold. In both the European Championships and the World Championships, there are men, women and junior divisions.
To top it all off, kendo will build your stamina and endurance. We've done the maths and found that an intensive training session can burn off up to two whole sandwiches!