Kenjutsu

Kenjutsu (meaning "the art of the sword") is the ancient Japanese martial art of sword combat. It uses many blades including the katana, wakizashi, and no-daichi. Kenjutsu involves powerful strikes to selected targets specifically designed to kill the opponent. Like most martial arts, it also has strong ties to spiritual and philosophical study.

The art of kenjutsu was studied and practiced in Japan as early as 800 CE. Since its original incarnation, over 1,200 different styles exist.

Students of kenjutsu will use a wooden sword called a bokken for training. Kenjutsu doesn't use colored belts to distinguish rank, but instead it uses the titles student, instructor, teacher, and master.

The sport of kendo comes from kenjutsu.

Links
Japanese sword arts open directory.