Kendo around the World

There are estimates that about six million people world-wide practice Kendo, with approximately four million in Japan, one million in Korea , and more in Europe , North America , South America and other countries of Asia .

The "Kodansha Meibo" (a register of dan graded members of the All Japan Kendo Federation) shows that as of September 2007, there were 1.48 million registered dan graded kendoka in Japan. According to the survey conducted by the All Japan Kendo Federation, the number of active kendo practitioners in Japan is 477 thousand in which 290 thousand dan holders are included. From these figures, the All Japan Kendo Federation estimates that the number of "Kendoka" in Japan is 1.66 million by adding the number of the registered danholders and the active kendo practitioners without dan grade.


Kendo originated in Japan , but is now practiced worldwide.

Many national and international organisations promote kendo, some are affiliated to the International Kendo Federation (FIK), while others are not.

The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) ( Kyujitai : ??????; Shinjitai : ?????? ) was established in Kyoto, Japan, in 1895. Its sole purpose, at that time, was to standardise martial disciplines and systems throughout Japan. This organisation was the first martial arts organiszation sanctioned by the government of Japan . It stressed the martial virtues of Samurai warrior and incomparable historical excellence in martial disciplines.

The All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF or ZNKR) was founded in 1952, immediately following the restoration of Japanese independence after the second World War and the subsequent lift of the ban on martial arts in Japan.

The International Kendo Federation (FIK) was established in 1970 to provide a link between Japan and the developing international kendo community. Seventeen national or regional federations were the founding affiliates. The number of affiliated and recognised organisations has increased over the years to 50 by February 2009.




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