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Hi, everyone! Autumn is a season for sports. Do you know any Japanese traditional sports? Have you ever tried martial arts before? I have been interested in trying martial arts for a while now, and today finally I have a chance to try one of them. Today I'm going to do kendō.
Today, I'm here at 誠道館 (Seidō-kan) which is located in Nippori, Tokyo to have my first kendō experience. Let's go!
右手はつ鍔のとこに (Migite wa tsuba no toko ni…) “The right hand is on the guard…”
左手は、この柄頭と (Hidarite wa, kono tsukagashira to) “And the left hand is at a point called”
言いますけどここに、小指が... (iimasu kedo koko ni, koyubi ga…) “tsukagashira and the little finger is…”
そして左手は、だいたいへその前ぐらい、 (Soshite hidarite wa, daitai heso no mae gurai,) “Then the left hanad is around the front of your navel.”
に、一握り、ワングリップ空けます。 (ni, hitonigiri, wangurippu akemasu.) “Leave a space the size of a fist.”
ワングリップ空けます。 (Wangurippu akemasu.) “The size of a fist.”
そして右手お取れます。 (Soshite migite o toremasu.) “And put back the right hand.”
そうするとだいたい相手の喉にきます。 (Sō suru to daitai aite no nodo ni kimasu.) “It comes to an opponent’s throat.”
これがグッドです。 (Kore ga guddo desu.) “This is…”
とりあえずは面と小手と胴。 (Toriaezu wa men to kote to dō.) “For now, mask, glove, and torso.”
ご線条ある? (Go senjo aru?) “Is there a mark?”
胴はここ。 (Dō wa koko.) “Here is the torso.”
面 (Men.) “Mask.”
小手 (Kote.) “Glove.”
胴 (Dō.) “Torso.”
はい、胴。 (Hai, dō.) “Okay, torso.”
面 (Men.) “Mask.”
面 (Men.) “Mask.”
面 (Men.) “Mask.”
小手 (Kote.) “Glove.”
小手 (Kote.) “Glove.”
小手 (Kote.) “Glove.”
胴 (Dō.) “Torso.”
胴 (Dō.) “Torso.”
胴 (Dō.) “Torso.”
kendō is a kind of Japanese martial art based on traditional workmanship and it means, “the way of the sword”. There are various theories on how kendō began. One is that kendō was developed from traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmanship. Nowadays, kendō is one of the common club activities at school. Doing kendō can also improve more focus, stronger spirit, and body strengths.
ほんとにこれが結構暑いですね。 (Honto ni kore ga kekkō atsui desu ne.) “This one is very hot.”
It’s very hot.
手がちょっと疲れた。(Te ga chotto tsukareta.) “My hands are tired.”
Come one. I’m strong.
これが胴。 (Kore ga dō.) “This is a torso protector.”
小手 (Kote.) “Glove.”
小手 (Kote.) “Glove.”
顎がは入んないです、あ、入った。 (Ago ga hainnai desu, a, haitta) “I can’t squeeze my jaw… oh, I made it.”
今度僕も打ちます。 (Kondo boku mo uchimasu.) “Now I’ll beat you, too.”
はい。 (Hai.) “Okay.”
僕も打ちますからね。(Boku mo uchimasu kara ne.) “I’ll beat you, too.”
I am so tired, but it’s fun!
How do you feel?
結構、これ付けてるから大丈夫かなと思うけど、痛い。 (Kekkō, kore tsuketeru kara daijobu kana to omou kedo, itai.) “You might think I’m fine with the protector, but it hurts.”
面、面、面... (Men, men, men…) “Mask, mask, mask...”
はい、お疲れ様でした。(Hai, o-tsukare-sama deshita.) “Thank you for your hard work.”
はい、終わります。 (Hai, owarimasu.) “That’s all.”
礼。 (Rei.) “Bow.”
お互いに... (Otagai ni...) “To each other…”
ありがとうございます。 (arigatō gozaimashita.) “Thank you very much.”
It was harder than I thought and like,it’s so hard to like strike and then strike again, like you need to be fast, but like, you’re just like tired like one swing and then you couldn’t like… and you’re like, the sensei just gives you like, pang, pang, pang. 面、面、面... (Men, men, men…)
That was fun.
あと、やっぱりすっごい集中しますね。 (Ato, yappari suggoi shūchū shimasu ne.) “I was really concentrating.”
こう、なんだろう。 (Kō, nan da rō.) “How can I say…”
剣道してる間ずっと集中してる感じがして、 (kendō shiteru aida zutto shūchū shiteru kanji ga shite.) “While doing kendō, I feel like I can concentrate.”
本当に集中力付けるはいいかも。(honto ni shūchū-ryoku tsukeru ni wa ii kamo.) “It might help improve your concentration.”
あと精神力。 (Ato seishin-ryoku) “And your inner strength as well.”
この剣道でその人の、 (Kono kendō de sono hito no,) “kendō is kind of…”
なんて言うんだろう? (nan te iun da rō?) “How can I say it?”
キャラクターとかそう言うのがすごい出ると思いました。 (Kyarakutā toka sōiu no ga sugoi deru to omoimashita.) “It shows your personality very well. I think so.”
先生の目が、すごいパワーがすごかったです。 (Sensei no me ga, sugoi pawā ga sugokatta desu.) “The master’s eyes had a strong power.”
たまにちらっと見るとパワーが。 (Tama ni chiratto miru to pawā ga.) “When I got a glimpse of them.”
The people that have been doing it there for a really long time were really good and they were like really epic and intense. It was really cool. Okay.
お疲れ。 (O-tsukare.) “Good job.”
お疲れ。 (O-tsukare.) “Good job.”
Today's keywords and phrases:
集中 (shūchū) “concentrate”
竹刀 (shinai) “bamboo sword”
防具 (bōgu) “armor”
道具 (dōgu) “equipment”
面 (men) “mask”
小手 (kote) gloves
垂れ (tare) “waist protector”.
I'm glad that I had a chance to finally learn kendō and I enjoyed it! Please let us know what you would like us to try next. Thank you. Bye!

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September 10th, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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Hi Lindsey,

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We are glad to hear that you like our video.

Do you want to try karate? Or do you already have any experience?😄


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September 9th, 2018 at 2:21 am
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Very cool video! すごい!Maybe Risa would try some karate next? Or go to a karate tournament?

ありがとうございます!

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December 23rd, 2017 at 11:02 am
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Thank you for the informative video on Kendo. I hope to come to Japan one day, but until then I will work hard at studying the language and culture. :D

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Hi Kyle,

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Recently Kendo is popular around the world as well as Judo, so there might be some kendo schools in your country.

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October 19th, 2017 at 1:57 am
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I've wanted to try Kendo for years! Perhaps if I am able to move to Japan, I'll begin practicing the "way of the sword"!