men = head and shoulder protector
practiced today is not a military training any more, but a
refined sport, with contestants fencing with bamboo swords (shinai), striking, thrusting,
parrying, defending and counterattacking. The origins of kendô are lost in time, but the
sport surely goes back to the days when men hunted with metal sword (= samurai).
In 1950 a new competitive sport based on kendô but using a new version
of the bamboo sword was developed. Because of the renewed
interest the "All-Japan Kendô Federation" was formed.