South Australian Kendo Association

South Australian Kendo Association


Kendo Etiquette and Manners

Kendo is a combative martial art and all kendo etiquette and manners are based on respect and common sense.

Kendo starts and ends in respect. Respect for the sword. Respect for all those that have gone before you, kendoka past and present (sensei and sempai). Respect for yourself. Without respect you cannot do kendo safely.

The best way to learn kendo etiquette and manners is to copy your sensei and sempai.

  • Kendoka - Person who does kendo
  • Sensei - Teacher
  • Sempai - Senior
  • Kohai - Junior