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Samurai disappointed with kata-only practice developed Kendo as a form of contact training less risky than sparring with bokken. Their efforts yielded specialized light armor, the shinai (split-bamboo sword), and rules intended to prevent injury while allowing contact.

Kendo is a sport, not a combat form. Limited targets, light weapons, and strong protection contribute to the participants' safety. Players may strike the protected face, neck, torso, and hands. In order to score, they must declare their target as they attack. They're allowed to shove, but only sword blows score. Many Kendo moves would get you killed in a real swordfight.

One Kendo variant - based on Nito Ryu (pp. 174-175) - uses two swords. Replace Two-Handed Sword Sport with Broadsword Sport and Shortsword Sport; change the techniques to match; add Dual-Weapon Attack (Broadsword Sport or Shortsword Sport) to cinematic techniques; and include Off-Hand Weapon Training (Shortsword Sport) and Unusual Training (Dual-Weapon Attack, Both attacks must target the same foe) as Style Perks. Style cost becomes 5 points. Players use Dual-Weapon Attack to feint and attack, since only one attack counts for scoring purposes. Striking twice can invalidate both scores!

Kendo was briefly banned during the Allied Occupation of Japan, but was restored in 1947. Since the 1960s, it has become an international sport. Today, it's widely popular in Japan, where it's a common sport in school. Korea's Kumdo is identical, but uses Korean etiquette and nomenclature.

Skills: Games (Kendo); Savoir-Faire (Dojo); Two-Handed Sword Sport. Techniques: Feint (Two-Handed Sword Sport); Targeted Attack (Two-Handed Sword Sport Swing/Arm); Targeted Attack (Two-Handed Sword Sport Swing/Skull); Targeted Attack (Two-Handed Sword Sport Thrust/Neck). Cinematic Skills: Kiai; Immovable Stance; Mental Strength; Power Blow. Cinematic Techniques: Dual-Weapon Defense (Two-Handed Sword Sport); Whirlwind Attack (Two-Handed Sword Sport).

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