is the term for the armour as used in the
Japanese martial art of
kendo and otherwise known as kendogu, literally
consists of a mask and breastplate, similar to those used by a catcher in
baseball, though with a hood-like helmet and shoulder protectors attached to it,
making it somewhat reminiscent of a coal hood or the monastic hood
worn by certain Christian monks. In
addition, the combatants wear gauntlet-like hand and forearm protectors, as well
as a skirt-like leg and groin protector.
bamboo sword is known as shinai and
is used both for practice and in competition.