Alaska Kendo Club

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We warmly welcome you and your family to become familiar with our family of kendoists (kenshis). Please find some information about kendo and about us.

Last updated on Dec. 9, 2022

What is Kendo?

Kendo, which translates to "the way of the sword", is one of the oldest martial arts originating in Japan. By learning how to use the sword, called Katana, one can develop physical ability and mental strength.

The traditional sword fighting techniques were developed in the battles during the 16th century. Many different schools appeared in the 17th century and stressed spiritual as well as technical refinement. Kendo became associated with moral training under the influence of Zen Buddhism and Confucian teachings. The modern art of kendo is the integrated style of those major Kendo school.

Wood and steel swords are still used, but the bamboo sword, called "Shinai", is more commonly used for the fighting practice along with various gear.

Class Schedule

Kendo Class Hours:
 9:00 am ~ 10:00 am: Basic Kendo for Beginning Level
 10:15 am ~ 11:15 am: Basic Kendo for Bogu Level
 11:15 am ~ 11:30 am: Jigeiko session only for people with bogu

Iaido Class Hours:
 9:00 am ~ 10:45 am
*first 45 minutes of instruction is focused on beginning students, then intermediate/advanced for the least 45 minutes.




Membership Fees

 (Kendo / Iaido combined)

  • $50 /Month/Per person due at the beginning of each month
  • Single Practice Fee: $20 due at the beginning of practice
  • Private Session available

Important:  There is also an additional, combined annual membership fee for the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation and All-United States Kendo Federation: normally $110 for adults and $60 for children but discounted rates have been applied during COVID-19. This fee is required, in full, at sign-up regardless of the time of year and is applicable until renewal in January of the next year.

(The present costs are based on the costs of rent, supplies and equipment and are subject to change without notice.)

Who is Eligible?

There is a minimum age of 7 years (unless excepted by Sensei). Kendo class is open for anyone who is interested in learning the art. A free trial term is available.

Will I Need to Buy Kendo Equipment?

A shinai, the bamboo sword, should be purchased from the second or third session. Eventually you will consider buying your own equipment. The dojo also has armor (bogu) for use, when the time comes, and on a "first come/first served" basis.

 Please remember that perseverance is a virtue.
 Expecting immediate results will end in frustration.

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