(from the article `kendo`) ...for actual sword combat, so the samurai turned swordsmanship into a means of cultivating discipline, patience, and skill for building character. ...
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==Etymology== The word `shinai` is derived from the verb 撓う, meaning `to bend, to flex`, and was originally short for shinai-take (flexible bamboo). Shinai is written with the kanji 竹刀, meaning `bamboo sword`, and is an irregular kanji reading. In kendo, it is most common to use a single shinai, sometimes called itto style. Some kend...
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A shinai is a Japanese practise sword made from four staves of polished bamboo held together by a long sheath which forms a handle. They are used in kendo.
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Bamboo sword used in Kendo
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Bamboo sword used in Kendo.
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