About the word « shobu », in Japanese they are a homophonie meaning « iris » (菖蒲) that’s the reason why our club logo’s is a beautiful flower flower symbol.
About « shobu » (尚武), the meaning is « war preparation », but the warrior didn’t trainer itself to make the war, but to avoid the war. The kendo goal is not the kill but to protect the life.
We are stronger if you don’t need to strike your opponent to win, because you can avoid meaningless conflict.
This philosophy is applicable not only in kendo, butin other domain. By consequence, by studying seriously kendo, you can develop humanity.