CHANBARA:

Chanbara (チャンバラ): The Chanbara program was introduced by Kato Sensei as he is one of the founding principles of the sport over 20 years ago. It is now a very large international sport and is hoped to be introduced into the Olympic trials.

The use of soft weapons that replicate different lengths and weapons ranging from knife to sword and spear are used in a competition format copying the International Kendo format. Face cages and gloves are worn to protect from any bruising or mishap. The sport is completely safe and quick.

As of now there are no rankings or levels of practice other than that of Shidoshi (instructor) and the sport is open to anyone of interest.