I know that -てみる can mean "try", but my understanding of it is that it means "try it and see what it's like" or "give it a try". But is there a way of expressing "try" that emphasizes that effort was made to succeed?
As an example, saying "I am trying to do Kendo" in Japanese:
sounds like I'm going for a brief "trial" to see how I like it. How would I express that I am making a strong effort to succeed at it?