Kendo - Outside Japan

Outside Japan

See also: Kendo around the world

Many national and regional organisations manage and promote kendo activities outside Japan, most of these are affiliated with the International Kendo Federation (FIK), while some are not.

The International Kendo Federation (FIK) was established in 1970 to provide a link between Japan and the international kendo community. The FIK is an international federation of national and regional organisations and recognised by SportAccord and the World Anti-Doping Agency as the world governing body for kendo. The FIK is a non-governmental organisation, and its aim is to promote and popularise kendo, iaido and jodo. Seventeen national federations were the founding affiliates. The number of affiliated and recognised organisations has increased over the years to 53 affiliated regional or national federations by February 2012.

The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) was established in Kyoto, Japan, in 1895 to solidify and promote the ideals of bushido and to preserve traditional systems of bujutsu. The DNBK has a research and promotional role, but is not involved in management of international kendo activities.

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