Paper Tigers

By Toby Howden

Martial arts and misadventure in Japan

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Kendo means the way of the sword

(Bokken and Tenagui from the Yoshiwara Kendo School)

In the story of Paper Tigers the enigmatic Kendo Master Suzuki Sensei describes the way of the sword as ‘not just for fighting other people, but for defeating your personal demons. Kendo is a way of life, and it is life itself that is the real challenge. We’re not training for uncertain confrontation; we’re doing it for the here and now. The universal challenges of ego, fear, laziness, illness and old age are inescapable, and therefore much more terrifying and worthy opponents...’

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