How Bogu Offer Protection (3)

「Are you under the impression that lighter Men are better?」

“Of course lighter Men are better”—this is a common preconception that we held as well, until very recently. However, the truth is that the “weight” of a Men is what protects its wearer.

Harness is not the only important factor with respect to the Men-gane (the metal bars on the Men). Weight is also vital.

The Men-gane is responsible not only for stopping blows to the face, but also for balancing the entirety of your head.

Usually, blows to the Men distributes shock from the front of your face to the back of your head. If the Men-gane is sufficiently heavy, its weight absorbs the shock and cancels out the force of the frontal blow. As a result, this relieves burdens to the neck.

It goes without saying that lighter Mens may possibly make it easier for you to move around; however, overseas kendo players hit with comparatively stronger force, so we do not recommend the use of lighter Mens.

Men weight is different depending on the material used, so choose the gear that matches your own style.

Kenshi Nagamatsu

Born December 8th, 1987 in Tokyo
Graduated from Keio University's Faculty of Law.

Started Kendo at 5 years old at the Tokyo-budokan (located in Ota-ku, Tokyo), and continued kendo club activities throughout Keio junior high school and Keio high school, and during Keio University Athletic Association's Kendo association, as well as Nomura Securities' Kendo association.

Started KENDO PARK services in 2017.

Major kendo accomplishments include:
・Second place in Kanagawa prefecture's high school kendo tournament
・Best 8 in Kanto students' new player tournament
・Best 16 in All-Japan Business Organization Kendo Tournament, etc.