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An Ancient Martial Art That Helps Japanese Police Fight Crime

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Mitsuru Hamasaki is a former police officer who has practiced kendo for nearly 60 years. Dating back roughly 2,000 years ago, kendo is taught to members of the Japanese police force as a means of building character and empathy.

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To Mitsuru, who is himself a kendo trainer, accessing this mindset is even more important than mastering technique.

Kendo is a traditional Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour.Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.

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Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity.All Japanese police officers practice either judo or kendo “Japanese only”, with special units learning additional martial arts.