Fencing v Kendo
Someone at my fencing class showed me this photo flic.kr/p/a1BsYL and we got talking about an age-old argument that sometimes comes up between European-style fencers and people who practice kendo, that is, which of the styles would win out against each other?
Being a pretty keen fencer and having also learned a little kendo, I've always been kinda fascinated by this subject. The styles have never really clashed in history but fans of both sport love to speculate the merits of one over the other.
Kendo and the use of a katana really represents a powerhouse of the two styles with it's two-handed grip, relatively heavy weapon, and torque-harnessing technique from those torso twists to generate amazing energy through the arms and body.
By contract, fencing employs a very mobile and lighter attack method, greater reach and versatility, but rarely a one hit one kill outcome. It's more like death by a thousand cuts.
Well, I have my favourite but I wanted to know your opinions and thought it would make a nice discussion. What do you think?
Also, here's an exhibition piece of fencing v kendo which is pretty neato: