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What is kendo?

Back in the feudal days, samurai strolled the streets of Japanese towns. Today, the sword techniques that were the soul of those samurai have been passed down to the modern era in the form of kendo. Many different schools of kendo have developed since the days of sword fighting, and the trend continues to this day. Kendo is a popular martial art that allows modern-day people to capture the spirit of Japan’s old samurai warriors.

What are the benefits of practicing kendo?

Because kendo is a martial art that a bamboo sword to strike opponents, simply swinging the shinai randomly is to be avoided at all costs. If the opponent is treated with kindness and respect, one will be able to deliver an effective strike (to the body or mind) without resorting to random blows. Also, by training throughout the year through heat, cold, and other special conditions, kendo practitioners forge their physical and mental stamina. Many students have perfect or near-perfect attendance records.

Benefits of kendo training

  1. Develop respect and kindness towards others
  2. Build physical and mental stamina

Training details

Instructor

Naoshi Abe (Hanshi 8th dan) Specializes in: Head (men) strikes

Times

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (no class on holidays)

Preschoolers: 4:00–5:00 PM

Children: 5:00–6:00 PM

Adults: 6:30–8:00 PM

Children can stay for additional training if desired.

Junior high school students and older may join the adult class.

Kendo classroom

Wednesdays 1:30–3:00 PM
Starting in Aprilfrom fiscal 2011, the class formerly open to stay-at-home moms only is now a classroom for those who cannot make it to the adult class or adults who are considering beginning kendo. Open to all ages.

Location

Shubukan dojo

Tuition

Preschoolers: ¥5,000/month

Children (through high school): ¥5,000/month

Adults: ¥5,500/month

Kendo classroom: ¥3,000/month

Open to

All ages
You will be advised on a class time suitable for you.

Required gear

  1. Uniform top (dogi), hakama
  2.  Protective gear

Children can come in loose clothing during their trial period.
Bamboo swords are available for students to borrow.

Approximate pricing

  • Uniform (dogi) and hakama: ¥10,000
  • Protective gear: ¥50,000防具

Note: Please wait to purchase protective gear until you have learned the basic techniques and received permission from the head instructor.

Activities and events

Grading, competitions, joint training sessions, etc.

Shubukan classes for kids

The purpose of Shubukan kids’ classes is to develop children who are able to face life with a feeling of gratitude in all things. Getting good at kendo takes practice and does not come automatically. Our goal is to teach children to experience gratitude for having a space to train (the dojo), a teacher, fellow students, and family to support them.

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Dojo schedule

Preschoolers

16:00 Training begins
Bow in
Practice swinging, basic technique training, etc.
Bow out

Children

17:00 Training begins
Bow in
Practice swinging, basic technique training, uchikomi training, kakari training, competition practice, etc.
Bow out

Adults

18:30 Training begins
Bow in
Free training with opponents, sparring against instructors (motodachi)
This class is also open to junior high school students. There is also kendo kata training between 6:30 and 7:00 PM on Wednesdays.
Bow out
20:00 Note that iaido training begins immediately after this class on Mondays, so please proceed to the dressing room immediately after cool-down exercises.

Contact information

Please contact us by phone, fax, or email if you have any questions about watching, trying out, or joining a training session.

Email

inquiry@syubukan.info

Fax

  • From overseas: +81-72-773-1431
  • From within Japan: 072-773-1431

Please send your name and contact information along with your inquiry.

If you would like to join the dojo or watch a class, please indicate the art (naginata, kendo, or iaido) that you are interested in.

Phone

  • From overseas: +81-72-773-1431
  • From within Japan: 072-773-1431

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through Saturday from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM (until 1:00 PM on Saturdays). Closed on Sundays and public holidays.