MISSISSAUGA KENDO CLUB

the way of sword, a life-long journey

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Kendo can be literally translated as “The Way of the Sword”, aiming at improving the mind and body through the practice of swordsmanship

Practice info

We welcome anyone ages 8 and above who is interested in learning Kendo and is willing to accept the direction of the club’s instructors in matters of etiquette and safety.

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Visit us in person any time, or contact us by e-mail at contact@mississauga-kendo-club.ca. Ask us a question and we will get back to ASAP

Kendo: The Way of Living

Ittoryu: Daishinkan! (or One Sword Style: Great Dragon Shock) is the move Zoro used to cut Monet, in One Piece. This move is a Kendo-based slash where the swordmaster uses both hands to slash the enemy. 

Upon the discovery of iron, swords changed the way people fight. The way iron swords are moulded is different wherever the country you are. Blacksmiths and family have their unique standards when crafting. This interaction of culture around the world through the exchange of goods and partnerships paved the way for ‘the way of the sword’ to evolve as it is now.

Interested? Come join us art Mississauga Kendo Club and we’ll teach you everything you need to know about kendo. Learn from our instructors who have experiences on their belts, and they’ll lead you to the way of the sword. 

What is Kendo? 

Kendo means ‘the way of the sword’. It is a form of Japanese martial art that originated from the past samurais who uses ‘nihonto’ or Japanese swords when in combat. The Japanese believe that through kendo, one could learn and experience the principles of katana. They also believe that through hard training, one could find ‘the way of the sword’ which ignites the spirit of a samurai hidden within us. 

Traditionally, Japanese Kendo is swordplay that uses a two-handed wooden sword made out of bamboo. Samurais in the past use actual swords for training their swordsmanship with other samurai, which would lead to injuries. This prevents samurai from actually exerting their skill since these people are their allies. These consequences led the Japanese people to create practice armour and shinai, the bamboo sword used for kendo. This allows samurai to showcase their skill without the risk of injury. 

Swordsmanship is a means of exhibiting your culture and building discipline within your body. It shows who you are as a person, and what kind of swordmaster you are. These characteristics are then applied to Kendo wherein they hold values and respect deeply more than the skills of a swordmaster. 

In 1952, the All Japan Kendo Federation or Zen Nihon Kendō Renmei was formed due to Japanese schools requiring students to study the way of the sword. By 1970, the International Kendo Federation was founded.

In every sport, rules are made for athletes to have a fair fight. In kendo, manners and characteristics of a swordmaster show who they are. Contestants start and end a match by exchanging formal bows. This bow or rei in Japanese is a sign of courtesy and respect for the dojos that the contestants are representing. It also shows that you acknowledge your opponents, instructors, and respect the training that he has gone through.

Still doubting yourself? Visit our club, we’ll give you a free class and let you experience the way of the sword.

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Visit us in person any time, or contact us by e-mail at contact@mississauga-kendo-club.ca. Ask us a question and we will get back to ASAP