Ulrich von L...n wrote:
admin wrote:... Kendo, for example, can certainly teach some things that sport fencing can not, though I would argue that these days you could learn those things even more quickly by attending a HEMA longsword class
What are those things? What could kendo offer to practitioners of Western swordsmanship?
Special breathing techniques?
It would be interesting to hear opinion of those who practiced kendo for a certain period of time (let's say 1-2 years) and then decided to switch to HEMA.
I think Matt meant that a long
time ago if you were interested in fencing training with a 2 hander sword then the JSA was the only choice.
I've practiced Kendo for over 5 years now but not competitively (too old).
Kendo is good for posture, breathing, discipline and learning to lunge explosively with a two handed sim.
IMHO the linear movement Kendo and the FIE encourage is harder than traditional passing footwork as it's nowhere near as natural as passing. In my opinion!
On the breathing; the yelling kendoka do is done to make you expel breath as you strike. This helps co-ordinate your whole body with your breathing and lessens it becoming ragged the longer you spar.
It tightens your core muscles as well which also makes for better posture as you strike.
No mystery to it you see, but some instructors can get very esoteric about it unfortunately.
Kendo also practices a way to strike while moving backwards which is useful (=> flying out).
There is also a technique called taiatari, which means "body check" where basically if your strike is not successful you continue forward and hit your opponent with your body to knock them off balance.
A big mark against Kendo in my book is a refusal to adopt western fencing theory to improve instuction techniques. You rarely hear instructors using simple concepts like closing the line or tempo etc (actually never in my experience).
Kendo has a very slow
learning curve as a result.
Kendo also has other goals that make it very fustrating if your only interested in fencing or MA (eg the sporting, character building and zen/one sword aspects).