“Ken, Zen, Shinto, Buddhism and others are all same family. They seek to reach to the high moon. But practice by Ken is the shortest way to reach because practice by Ken is serious, we meet life or death directly in a moment.”
The foundations of the Jikishin-Kage School of Kendo is the “Hojo no Kata”. This form of practice was once created as a reflection of the laws of nature and swordsmanship. Divided into 4 principle parts, related to the 4 seasons, two people perform the kata (form) with wooden training swords. The practitioners mirror movements and strikes when an opportunity arises. Always focused on the present and deep breathing, they put their whole being into the practice. Through this practice, the life energy awakens and generosity will develop in you. Eventually without the sword.