Kendo demo 3

Japanese Martial Art Kendo at IPA

Island Pacific Academy students were treated to a demonstration of the modern Japanese martial art,  Kendo (the way of the sword).  Kim’s Kendo Academy brought some instructors and students to demonstrate the art and equipment which includes the shinai (bamboo sword) and protective armor to protect specified target areas on the body, arms and head.

Kendo demo 1Instructors give a Kendo demonstration on the lawn in front of the elementary building.

According to Hyun Kim, the instructor at the academy, practicing Kendo promotes respect and discipline, concentration, stress relief, health and self-defense.

Kendo demo 3Kendo practitioners use a bamboo sword, the shinai,  and armor to protect specified target areas on the body, arms and head.

The presentation included an explanation of the armor, techniques and rules for competition, followed by a demonstration of the various striking and thrusting techniques.  Finally, the students were invited to try out some of the techniques.

Kendo demo 2An IPA student gives Kendo a try during a recent demonstration of the modern Japanese martial art on campus.

For more information about Kim’s Kendo Academy, please call 808-226-5256 or email [email protected]