The clothing is based loosely on traditional Japanese wear, the top being a kimono style jacket (gi) and the trousers a (hakama).
Today’s kendo armour is the result of improvements in the protection refined through more than two hundred years of development.
The weapons are basically unchanged, the bokuto being most commonly made of oak and the shinai of bamboo.
Below each item will be discussed in a little more detail.
Men – Head protector
Kote – Hand and forearm protector
Do – Chest protector
Tare – Hip protector
Tenugui – Head towel
Shinai – Bamboo sword
Keikogi – Kendo jacket
Hakama – Kendo trousers