|English||Way of the Sword|
|Used By||Raian Getsueikirite|
- "Kill their sword, kill their technique, kill their spirit."
- —Three tenets of Kendō
Kendō (剣道, Way of the Sword) is a sub-division of Zanjutsu invented by the Royal Guardsman, Raian Getsueikirite, centuries prior to the start of the series. It is both a mentally and physically challenging art, which combines the concepts and values of martial arts with strenuous physical activity. It is a specialty of most Kenpachi.
In the days following the Reikai World War, Zanjutsu combat (use of a Shinigami's Zanpakutō) continued to be rudimentary and primitive. It was during this time that Raian Getsueikirite is credited with Kendō's creation as a way to revolutionize Zanpakutō combat. According to Seireitou Kawahiru, it was born from the constant conflict with Hollows and embodied the concepts of "kill, or be killed".
Shinkendō (真剣道, Way of the Real Sword) is an advanced form of Kendō that teaches a Shinigami how to properly bond with his or her Zanpakutō. Like Kendō itself, it was invented by Raian Getsueikirite.
|Technique Name||Technique Information||Technique Picture|
|Ryōdan (両断, "Bisection"):||A two-handed Kendō technique that has the practitioner bring the sword down with enough force that it can cut an opponent in half right down the middle.|
|Kirikaeshi (切り合うきりかえし, "Cutting Repeatedly"):||A Kendō technique meant to brutally kill an opponent through repeated blows to the head.|
|Tameshigiri (試し斬り, "Test Cutting"):||A basic Kendō technique meant to test the efficiency of the cutting power of a Zanpakutō.|
|Ittōsesshō (一刀殺生, "Killing the Sword/Blade"):||A Kendō technique meant to cut the enemy's Zanpakutō completely in two.|
A user of Kendō is known as a "kendōka" (剣道家, Someone Who Practices Kendō).
Master Kendō Practitioner
- Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
- Kenpachi Zaraki
- Raian Getsueikirite (Inventor, First Practitioner)
- Yachiru Unohana
Expert Kendō Practitioner
Adept Kendō Practitioner
- The phrase "kill their sword, kill their technique, kill their spirit" (剣を殺す, 技を殺す, 氣を殺す, ken o korosu, waza o korosu, ki o korosu) is an actual proverb concerning ancient Kendō.
- Kendō's opposite is Jinseiken, which, ironically, was developed by Raian's rival, Seireitou Kawahiru.