Modern Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that can be practiced by both men and women of all ages and abilities, with everybody treated equally. There are 3 fundamental components to the practice of Kendo:
The way of the body - this includes proper stance, movement and holding of the sword.
The way of the sword - this includes how to strike correctly and the timing of a strike.
The way of the mind - this includes the development of the correct mental attitude.
It is through the integration of all three of these components that Kendo develops. In some regards Kendo may be viewed as a modern sport, where two armoured opponents face each other to score points by hitting defined targets with a bamboo sword (the shinai). However the spirit of Kendo has also survived through the ages as an unbroken tradition: to respect oneself and others, and to act positively without fear.
Not only does Kendo help relieve stress and bring about a feeling of physical and mental well-being, it also helps to develop self confidence and assertiveness in a non-threatening environment.