The results are in on my recent kendo poll. Thank you all for taking the trouble to tick the boxes. I have had more than 900 votes in 4 days and people are still responding. Overall the percentages have not changed over the last few days, so the picture presented here should not change. Respondents are by and large my regular blog readers with some traffic driven in this direction from the Linkedin “Kendo Business Professionals Group”.
Overall you appear to be a pretty well balanced bunch with an interest in the cultural and spiritual aspects of kendo as well as fitness and measuring yourselves through competition and grading exams. Amongst the open answers in the “other” section, there was a strong emphasis on self-improvement through kendo and many of you enjoyed the technical complexity of our chosen sport. The other element that I did not account for in my questions is that you also seem to enjoy being part of a dojo or group with shared interests. Clearly though, the part of kendo you most enjoy is your regular keiko.
You are also geographically diverse, with the biggest group based in continental Europe, closely followed by equal sized populations in North America and the UK. South America was a way behind with Japan, other areas of Asia and Australia and New Zealand accounting for a small proportion of the votes.
In terms of your kendo grade you are equally diverse. You range from ungraded newbies to 6th dan. Nidan however stands out proudly as having the highest percentage of respondents with kyu graded kendoka coming second. Surprisingly there were slightly more sandan readers than shodan, which shows that the pattern does not follow the normal grade distribution pyramid.
Twice a week was far and away the favoured training frequency although a good number of you got to the dojo three times a week or more. So, now I know a little more about you I can hopefully add more blog posts that better match your interests. Watch this space!