Welcome to The Auckland Kendo Club.

LIMITED TIME ONLY OFFER: $30 OFF the Beginners Introductory Course (normally $210.-) AND receive a FREE shinai (valued at $70.-)


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

  • Iaido starts at 6pm and goes to 7:30pm
  • Kendo starts with Kata and continues into Keiko from 6:45pm to 8:30pm (for people with bogu only)
  • Kendo starts at 7pm – Kata-bokuto-kihon, Uchikomi-kihon. This class is mainly for people with no bogu and beginners along with experienced people wanting to improve their basics
  • Kendo starts at 7pm – short kata, Shiai squad night
  • No beginners or non shiaisha
  • Wednesday shiai league shiai every week
  • Shimpan trainees and experienced members needed
  • Iaido from 7pm
  • 7am to 7:45am – Conditioning training, yoga mat, no gi
  • 8am to 9am – Kendo keiko (for people with bogu only)
  • 5pm to 6:30pm – Kata-bokuto-kihon, Uchikomi-kihon (same as as Tuesday 7pm). This class is mainly for people with no bogu and beginners along with experienced people wanting to improve their basics.
  • Every first Sunday of the month starting 5th March 2017, 3pm-4:30pm – Women only. Sometimes with invited male
  • Every last Sunday of the month starting 29th January 2017, 3pm-4:30pm – Monthly open shiai. Individuals and teams
  • 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month, 3pm-4:30pm – Keiko
  • Suitable for men, women, and children of all ages
  • Beginners can start on any Tuesday 7pm or Saturday 5pm
  • First lesson is free
  • Beginners please wear trousers or track suit pants and tee-shirt. Everything else is provided