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Oct 2007 Fred Schaad


Kelowna, BC

"Kendōka" - One Who Practices Kendo
This image is of a student of the Japanese Martial Art of fencing, called Kendo, or "way of the
sword." A type of Samurai sword fighting. Kendo developed from traditional techniques of Japanese
swordsmanship known as kenjutsu.

Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with
sporting-like physical elements. Practitioners of kendo are called kendōka, meaning "one who
practices kendo", or kenshi, meaning "swordsman".

Kendo is practised wearing traditionally styled clothing and protective armour (bōgu), using one or
two bamboo swords (shinai) as weapons. Kendo may be seen as a Japanese style of fencing. The
movements in kendo are different from European fencing because the design of the sword is different,
as is the way it is used. Kendo training is quite noisy in comparison to other martial arts or
sports. This is because kendōka use a shout, or kiai, to express their spirit, and when a strike
or cut is performed, the front foot contacts the floor in a motion similar to stamping.
For more information, visit the club's site at:

Canon EOS-1D Mark III ,Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM,Digital
Handheld, Av Priority
1/200s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, 50mm, -2/3 EV full exif

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CIS16-Nov-2007 22:06
Fred, this is so well done and fascinating to study it.
Thank you for the added information...this is really
a wonderful opportunity to see, for me.
B. Shortall - BCS Photography16-Nov-2007 13:52
Love this image in b&w! I wouldnt have thought it would work - but it did! BTW: When did you get the MIII? How do you like it?
Bonnie Underwood16-Nov-2007 13:45
Superb image. I enjoyed reading the
history behind the activity. Thank you.