Kendo - Practitioners

Practitioners

Practitioners of kendo are called kendōka (剣道家?), meaning "someone who practices kendo", or occasionally kenshi (剣士?), meaning "swordsman". The old term of kendoists is sometimes used.

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 kendōka in Japan. According to the survey conducted by the All Japan Kendo Federation, the number of active kendo practitioners in Japan is 477,000 in which 290,000 dan holders are included. From these figures, the All Japan Kendo Federation estimates that the number of "kendōka" in Japan is 1.66 million by adding the number of the registered dan holders and the active kendo practitioners without dan grade.

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