Learn the traditional art of Japanese sword fighting in our Kendo program! From etiquette to movement, meditation to sparring matches, this class will help you grow mentally and physically. Along with sparring, you will also learn katas with a wooden sword. We have classes for teens and adults!
Kendo, "the way of the sword", dates back to ancient Japanese Samurai times. It has preserved ancient customs and traditions while being a fantasic full body workout!
During sparring matches, students wear protective armour and use a wooden sword (called a shinai), that is made specifically for practice fighting. The strikes that are taught are controlled and precise. There are specific target areas on the body that are covered in heavy duty armour. Safety is very important in our dojo and students are to conduct themselves with self-control and respect for their partner.
Classes cover footwork, posture, striking form, Japanese terminology and the great importance of the kiai or "spirit shout"!
WHAT TO EXPECT
We recommend for you to come in 15-20 minutes before your first class to get fitted for a uniform and take a tour of the facilities.
We have men's and women's locker rooms where personal items can be stored during class (ie: shoes, jackets, clothes, bags).
WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS
Wear your uniform and hakama to every class.
Make sure you bring your shinai (wooden sword) and sparring equipment with you to every class. The instructors will teach different things each class so you will want to be prepared.
Feel free to bring water or a sports drink with you. We also have a drinking fountain available and bottled cold drinks for sale in our pro-shop.
Kendo Class Schedule
*Valid on new students only.