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Kendo (, Kend, lit. 'sword way', 'sword path' or 'way of the sword') is a modern Japanese martial art, descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu), that uses bamboo swords (shinai) as well as protective armor (bgu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and has spread to many other nations across the world. Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous, sport-like physical activity. Swordsmen in Japan established schools of kenjutsu (the ancestor of kendo). These continued for centuries and form the basis of kendo practice today. Formal kendo exercises known as kata were developed several centuries ago as kenjutsu practice for warriors. They are still studied today, in a modified form. The introduction of bamboo practice swords and armor to sword training is attributed to Naganuma Shirzaemon Kunisato ( , 16881767) during the Shotoku Era (17111715). Naganuma developed the use of this armor and established a training method using bamboo swords. Yamada Heizaemon Mitsunori (Ippsai) ((), 16381718), third son of Naganuma and the 8th headmaster of the Kashima Shinden Jikishinkage-ry Kenjutsu, is credited with improving the art with Japanese wooden and bamboo swords, according to his gravestone's inscription. He is also credited with refining the armor by adding a metal grille to the headpiece and thick cotton protective coverings to the gauntlets.
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