Kenjutsu (剣術, literally meaning: Sword Technique) pertains to techniques that entail the use of swords, whether the users be shinobi, or samurai. Kenjutsu can be used in combination with taijutsu, ninjutsu, fūinjutsu, chakra flow and even genjutsu in order to achieve more devastating techniques. It is regarded as a branch of bukijutsu.
The entire military might of the lone samurai nation of the Land of Iron have all been depicted as practitioners of kenjutsu. Some shinobi villages seem to promote the use of kenjutsu as well, such as Kumogakure, and due to the tradition of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, every single Kirigakure villager strives to master kenjutsu from their childhood onwards.
- Second Fanbook, page 120
- Shikamaru Hiden: A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness