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David asked in SportsMartial Arts · 3 years ago

Japanese Language Question: What does the "KEN," in Kendo and Kenjitsu mean?

Japanese sword fighting martial arts have the prefix of "KEN." I know what the "DO" and "JITSU" part of the word mean. Loosely translating to, "the practice of." Like in judo or jujitsu, ju- meaning soft/yielding, whereas "do" and "jitsu" being the practice of.

However, what does KEN mean in this context? Does it mean sword? Does it mean something else?


I thought "KEN" means fist???

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  • 3 years ago
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    剣=Sword/Ken 拳=Fist/ken. Same pronunciation different kanji

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    3 years ago


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  • 3 years ago

    Ken is a general word for sword.

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