With the dawn of new century the year 2000, in December 1999, for the first time in India we have started promoting KENDO, & presenting the art and sport of Japanese fencing called KENDO before the public by demonstrations and conducting seminars under the banner of KENDO INDIA FEDERATION, registered by the Government, Sponsored & Promoted by GOLDEN DRAGONS ASSOCIATION, established in the year 1986 to promote Japanese Sportive Martial Arts in India.
Kendo (剣道 kendō. "sword way") is a modern Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bōgu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.
Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity.
KENDO INDIA FEDERATION (KENDO BHARTIYA MAHASANGH)
The pioneer of Kendo in India and the founder of Kendo India federation (Indo-kendo Renmei) is the able and talented person Prof.Dr.Siddiq Mahmoodi who started his career of martial arts with Judo and advanced to Jujutsu and Kenjutsu under the tutelage of Behram Mistry Sensei in 1974 and then stepped into the IAIDO field then into KENDO in 1999. Under the guidance of Dr. Junichi Kashiwagi Sensei staged the 1st ever demonstration of this unique art of Japanese fencing KENDO, then the following people involved and supported the organization as visiting teachers or technical advisors, Mr. David Bond, Mr. Abdullah Baginda, Mr. Yap Teck Loy, Mr. Prashant, Kyoshi Masami Yamaguchi, Mr.Rakesh Godavari, Kyoshi Nihon Mori, Yoshihiko Shimo Oka Sensei, Mura Kami Keita Sensei, Ogawa Sensei, Hayashi Sensei, Shoji Sensei, Yuji Baba Sensei, Sato Sensei, Koji Yamada Sensei, Kenji Maeda Sensei, Patrick Lenischenko Sensei, Mr. Vadim Zanin, Tanabe Sensei, Hosakawa Sensei. Then in 2006 he visited FIK in Tokyo and met Kyoshi Ari Kurose sensei, who took him to BUDOKAN stadium and guided him about kendo more deeply, then in 2007 he visited Thailand and learned under Minoru Shi sensei and Vithaya Sensei, after which he got invitation to attend the 8th ASEAN Kendo Championship in Bangkok, he was the 1st ever to represent India in an International Kendo event.
In 2010 he again visited Japan met many Kendo masters, had practice under Kouichi Maruyama Sensei in Kyoto, and also practiced Iaido Muso Shinden Ryu from Hosokawa Sensei & Toyama Ryu from Tanabe Sensei, Kendo fine tips from Taru Sensei of Kisa, Hiroshima. To learn he again visited Japan in 2012. 2013 Mr. Young Shim from USA gifted 5 shinai, 2014 Asakura Sensei and Ms. Kelly Moore Sensei gifted 10 shinai & 5 bokken, 2014 he was invited by the Ambassador of Japan for India, the FIK and AJKF had gifted 7 bougu sets and 20 shinai to KIF through Japanese Embassy.
Asakura Sensei and Ms. Kelly Moore Sensei developed the team and prepared it for the Asian Championship.
Hirokuni Tanaka Sensei and Kazuaki Sanada Sensei fine-tuned the Kendo India Team on 18 Jan 2015.