Practice Kendo in Japan - our selection of clubs
The kendo (剣 道 / 劍道, literally the saber way) is the modern version of Kenjutsu (剣 術, saber techniques), it's saber fencing practiced in Japan by samurai. By modern version, we must understand that kendo is not only a martial art but also a competitive sport, now widely practiced in Japan.
Kendo, however, is not just a combination of saber-fighting techniques and tactics. It also includes a spiritual component. Kendo allows its practitioners to develop their strength of character and determination.
Kendo is a form of fencing with a two-handed saber where, thanks to the use of adapted equipment (bamboo shinai weapon, and protective armor or bogu) the assaults are carried out in a real way.
There is also a 2 shinai practice called Nito heir to the two-sword school assigned to Miyamoto Musashi.
Practitioners are called kendoka (little used in Japan) or kenshi.
Kendo is practiced in a dojo: a room equipped with a wood floor or in gyms when it's not available.
There is no weight class and practicers do not carry any outward sign of their rank.
Discover the old BUTOKUDEN dojo of budo-center of Kyoto, sacred place of the Budo of the city where you may have the chance to practice, watch the video!
Below are schools in Kyoto, access plans and contact details of Sensei, but we can search for you clubs all over Japan, ask us!