2010, Volume 6, Issue 3

An examination of a tactical learning model in kendo for introduction courses where kendo armour rental is not available

Sotaro Honda1

1Fukuoka University of Education, Fukuoka, Japan

Author for correspondence: Sotaro Honda; Fukuoka University of Education, Fukuoka, Japan; email: shonda[at]fukuoka-edu.ac.jp

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Background and Study Aim: To develop a learning model in kendo for introduction courses that can be implemented without using armour but that encourages participants to understand the competitive and cultural essences of kendo through tactical learning. With this attempt, this study also aimed to present material that can be used in introduction courses to encourage beginners to become regular practitioners in clubs.
Material and Methods: To develop a new learning model of kendo for introduction courses, the results of from the understanding test implemented in the practice of previous tactical learning model where kendo armour was available, and references and materials for teaching beginners were used.
Results: A new learning model for kendo introduction courses that consists of seven learning stages was presented as well as how to provide learning situations in which participants are encouraged to understand the competitive and cultural essences of kendo through learning tactics in each of those stages.
Conclusions: Introduction courses should not be courses that provide only basic techniques. They should also provide participants with opportunities to experience and understand the original competitive and cultural characteristics of kendo in order to develop their interests in officially starting and continuing kendo. The study has presented a new model to achieve this aim even if clubs are not able to provide armour. An important future task will be to further improve and develop this model through practice in collaboration with club teachers

Key words: armour, introduction course, kendo, learning model, tactics