Kendo – Equipment
Introduction to the Equipment
Kendo equipment consists broadly of three parts and is often refered to as Dogu
The word "Dogu" means equipment (gu) for use in the way (do). Kendo-gu is also an acceptable term -the clothes, the armour and the weapons. All are traditional in form. Some modern materials are now available, although natural products are generally preferred.
The clothing is based loosely on traditional Japanese wear, the top being a kimono style jacket (gi) and the trousers a (hakama).
Today's kendo armour is the result of improvements in the protection refined through more than two hundred years of development.
The weapons are basically unchanged, the bokuto being most commonly made of oak and the shinai of bamboo.
Below each item will be discussed in a little more detail.
For the supply of equipment, armour & repair, Kodokan recommend Tashiro sensei's Tenpudo Budogu equipment specialist website: www.tenpudo.co.uk
We also recommend Nine Circles Suppliers of Quality Japanese Budo Equipment : www.ninecircles.co.uk