Kendo is the Japanese word for “The way of the sword”. “Ken” means sword and “Do” means ‘the way’. It originated and developed in Japan from the time of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai in ancient Japan were highly skilled warriors who protected their feudal lords from the time of the 8th century through to the 17th century. Proper Kendo schools appeared in the early Muromachi period from 1390-1600 AD and have continued to this day.
Kendo is a unique mental and physical discipline.
Kendo training was not solely directed at perfecting the Samurai warrior’s ability with the sword. Through his Kendo practice the Samurai also developed his inner strength, his mental power and his character. Kendo is a unique mental and physical discipline which contains many of the elements of Zen. Zen meditation, intense concentration, controlled breathing from the “hara” or lower abdomen are all integrated into Kendo training. Both the Samurai warrior of yesteryear and the serious Kendo student of today pursue a calmness of spirit and perfection of character through the principles of Kendo and Zen.
It is often very difficult for people to understand that such apparently violent martial art as Kendo is actually practised as a means of developing world peace. There are in fact over 7.5 million people studying and practising Kendo in over 60 countries throughout the world today.
Dojo weekly training timetable
165 Pilkington Road
*Please note special events happen from time to time so please check dojo timetable posted each month on our Facebook Page.
*On every first Sunday and last Sunday of the month this keiko will be replaced by either the Womens keiko or the monthly shiai (see calendar)
- Sorry free lessons are no longer offered due to Health & Safety reasons; to participate in lessons you must either be signed up as Beginners Introductory course or Full Membership. Those who are neither are more than welcome to observe lessons
- Beginners please wear trousers or tracksuit pants and tee-shirt. Everything else is provided
- NZKF registered Kenshi are welcome at anytime to the AKC – There is a donation box should you feel you wish to contribute toward the upkeep of the dojo