What is kendo?
Kendo (剣道), or “The Way of the Sword” is a modern Japanese martial art that is descended from the ancient and medieval Japanese swordsmanship of the samurai.
The concept of kendo as defined by the International Kendo Federation is:
“... a way to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the katana.”
Kendo had been adapted in the mid-20th century to be safe and inclusive of both men and women of all ages. Today, kendo is a competitive and dynamic full contact sport that maintains the mental, cultural, and spiritual aspects of the martial arts from which it was adapted.
Kendo is a method of continuous physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self-improvement through training and practice. Vanquishing others or merely hitting others is not the purpose of kendo, but as a tool to become a more complete and better person.
Practices start and end with rei or manners. There is always an emphasis on respecting others not as merely an obligation but as a necessary part of a good practice.
One's kendo journey begins with mastering basic movements that steadily build a solid foundation on which to build a higher level of understanding and ability.
Kendo requires patience and much repetitive practice so that muscle memory is built so that a quick and automatic response to situations occur.
Kendo is not what you do, it becomes what you are.
Club practices are held every Sunday 4-6pm at the Chaplin Family YMCA on 250 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, Ontario.
Our practices are in the dance studio opposite the hall from the basketball court.
No practice this Labour Day (2 Sep) weekend.
Looking to start kendo?
The Cambridge Kendo Club accepts anyone 7 years old and up.
If you, your children, or anyone you know are looking to start kendo, you are encouraged to drop by our practice and watch a typical practice and see if it is right for you. If you decide to start practicing with us, it is typical that there is a free trial period for a few practices.
If it is your first time checking us out, please come early in order for our members to assist you.
Beginners are not required to buy their own uniforms for several months of practice. New members can practice in comfortable gym clothes but will need to buy a shinai (bamboo sword) soon after beginning. A standard practice shinai can cost $30-45.
Club Fees and Costs
Monthly membership Fees are $50 (adults), $35 (ages 13-18) and $30 (ages 8-12), usually payable in 3 month increments.
Siblings who are both under 18 get a $5 discount for each of their memberships.
Bring a friend and have $5 off each for 6 months and as long as both are members.
Club Events and Activities