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Two Japanese Kendo fighters. Source: Karramba Production / Adobe Stock.

How This Ancient Martial Art Helps Japanese Police Fight Crime (Video)


Mitsuru Hamasaki, a seasoned practitioner of the ancient Japanese martial art of kendo, has spent nearly 60 years honing his skills. A former police officer, Mitsuru has a unique perspective on the critical role that kendo plays in law enforcement. This 2,000-year-old practice is deeply ingrained in the training of the Japanese police force, not merely for its physical techniques, but for the character development and empathy it cultivates in its practitioners.

Hamasaki, in his role as a kendo trainer, places significant emphasis on nurturing this empathetic mindset. He strongly believes that the practice of this martial art is about more than just physical prowess and technique. To him, it is a holistic discipline that goes beyond the dojo, influencing practitioners' character, interactions, and approach to their duties, thereby playing an integral role in their performance as police officers and in their efforts to combat crime.

Top image: Two Japanese Kendo fighters. Source: Karramba Production / Adobe Stock.

By Joanna Gillan

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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