Following are several martial arts for any prospective students who want tolearn martial arts to have a general knowledge about the martial arts.Generally, in Japanese martial arts, the "do" forms are those used to improvethe self, while the "jutsu" forms concentrate on teaching the techniques of war.
: The way of thesword. The primary goal of kendo is to improve oneself through the study of the sword. Kendo also has a strong sporting aspect withbig tournaments avidly followed by the Japanese public. Thus kendo could beconsidered the philosophical/sporting aspect of Japanese swordsmanship. Astraditional Japanese sword fighting, kendo teaches students how to use variousweapons with agility, speed, and effectiveness. Kendo also emphasizesdiscipline and ethics. Kendo is usually practiced wearing armor and training witha bamboo
. The shinai is constructed of 4 pieces of split bamboo. The tipof the shinai is covered in leather; the four staves are held apart by a t-shapedpiece of rubber. The staves are held together at the opposite end by a longleather handle. The handle is round rather than oval like a real katana. A leather lace tied in a complicated knot about a third of the way from the tip keeps thestaves from spreading too far apart. A string runs down one stave -it signifiesthe dull edge, or back of the sword. However, many advanced kendoka use
or wooden swords. Bokken are usually constructed of white Japaneseoak. They are curved and sized like a katana, and the handle is about the samelength and oval. Kenjutsu is often practiced with bokken, and in fact kendokause bokken to practice the kendo kata, which are derived from kenjutsu.
Art of the Sword. Having the ability to protect the innocent from evilis the goal of kenjutsu. The pursuit of kenjutsu made the samurai warrior a morecompetent and responsible citizen. This is as true for modern practitioners as itwas in ancient times. The primary goal of kenjutsu is victory over opponents.However, since the early 1700s virtually all ryuha teaching kenjutsu havepromoted it as a means to self-improvement and emphasized the philosophicalaspects of the art. Some schools use live blades, while others use
or leather covered
Iai-do represents derivative of Japanese Kenjutsu (techniques of swordsmanship). It is the study of drawing the Katana sword, slashing andreturning the sword to its scabbard with a minimum number of moves. Iai-dorepresents a non-combative discipline practiced for person's spiritualimprovement. Today Iai-do is practiced as technique of self-discipline andcoordination. Although use of Iai-do for war isn't really necessary in our era of missiles and laser-guided bombs, it is still practiced for preservingKatana sword cutting techniques. Many people find it helpful in their everyday lifebecause Iai-do teaches how to deal with unexpected attacks and how to defendyourself with a minimum number of moves. And it doesn't matter whether you