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kendo

[ ken-doh ]
/ ˈkɛn doʊ /
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noun

a Japanese form of fencing using bamboo staves, with the contestants wearing head guards and protective garments.

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Origin of kendo

1920–25; <Japanese kendō, from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese jiàn “sword” + dào “way”; cf. Bushido, judo, Tao
ken·do·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for kendo

kendo
/ (ˈkɛndəʊ) /

noun

the Japanese art of fencing with pliable bamboo staves or, sometimes, real swords: strict conventions are observed
from Japanese
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