Kendo is the Japanese term that translates to The Way of the Sword.  This martial art uses wooden swords (bokken) for practicing forms (kata) and bamboo swords (shinai) for full contact sparring.  In addition to being a martial art, kendo is a significant piece of Japanese culture, borrowing from the centuries old samurai lifestyle.  It is teeming with respect and honor, traits which are inseparable from the sport.