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Modern Kendo: History and Evolution

This is a short history of the origins and evolution of modern kendo as we know it. It is based on a comprehensive capture of its roots and the forces which shaped it over the past 400+ years with emphasis of its form in the late 19th and into the mid-20th century. Prof Alec Bennett is Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan, and has a PhD in Budo History from Kyoto University.

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Suggested Reading and Notes

INTRODUCTION TO KENDO AND KATA [Notes: Good references for some standards established at the time of publication. Some details have varied over the years, but the essential basics remain unchanged. O


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