KEIKOGI AND HAKAMA
The uniform used in practicing kendo is commonly known as the keikogi (uniform top) and hakama (uniform pants).
The bogu is the training armour used primarily in kendo. The name consists of two parts: bo meaning "protect" or "defend," and gu meaning "equipment" or "tool."
A set of bogu has four components:
Men - combined face mask and shoulder protectors
Kote - hand and foream protectors
Do - torso protector
Tare - groin and leg protectors
The shinai is a bamboo sword, made up of four strips of bamboo bound together with leather. It is the primary sword used in kendo practice and tournaments.
A wooden sword called the bokuto or bokken is used for grading or when practising kendo kata (forms).
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