Target areas

There are four designated Datotsu-Bui (target areas) in Kendo, each worth Ippon (one point) in a match. To score an Ippon, the Yuko Datotsu (valid strike) must be made with the right position of the Shinai (bamboo sword) by using the Monouchi (outer third of the Shinai) and the Habu (the edge opposite the string).  

The important Kiai

When the kendoka strike a technique to a target area it must be delivered with clarity and precision in conjunction with a proper Kiai (strong voice/yell) tell the name of the target. "Men!" "Do" "Kote” or "Tsuki!".

Ki-Ken-Tai-Itchi and Zanshin

Even more important is to show Ki-Ken-Tai-Itchi (spirit-sword-body-one) meaning that spirit, body and mind must be in union with the shinai when delivering a valid Yuko Datotsu to a target area.  A correct posture is also a must. The contestants must also show strong Zanshin (awareness) and have a proper distance to the opponent after a Yuko Datotsu. 



The 8 point parts

Point strikes only to the following 8 parts:





(top of the Men, head)

(left and right side of head)

(body, left and right)

(left and right wrist) 

…and thrust to the

TSUKI (throat)



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