Kendo (The way of the sword)…
Kendo (The way of the sword) is the art of Japanese fencing which takes its techniques and traditions from the age of the Samurai. Today, approximately 10 million people worldwide practice kendo as both a sport and a martial art.
Kendo emerged in Manitoba sometime in the early 1960’s due to the growth of the Japanese community in the city of Winnipeg. Among the many Japanese arts brought to Manitoba was budo, (Martial Arts) and among the many budo brought to Manitoba was kendo.
The Manitoba Kendo Club was founded in the late 1960’s and became a member of the Canadian Kendo Federation in 1968, a relationship that continues to thrive to this day.
The Manitoba Kendo Club strives to practice and teach kendo while pursuing mastery of the physical and mental skills needed to perform kendo correctly throughout ones lifetime. Everyone with few exceptions can practice kendo and our membership reflects this philosophy consisting of males and females ranging from the ages of 10 years old to 60 years old.
The Manitoba Kendo Club is a competitively active dojo (training hall) and regularly competes across Canada in taikai (tournaments). However the foundation of training at the Manitoba Kendo Club is focused on developing kendo as a lifestyle and lifelong activity.
As well as travelling to acquire experience and skill in Kendo, the Manitoba Kendo Club also holds annual seminars inviting dojo and Sensei (teachers) from across Canada to Winnipeg to further broaden the study of kendo with others.
The Manitoba Kendo Club opens its doors twice a year to anyone who wishes to study the way of sword and be a part of the Manitoba Japanese community’s ongoing pursuit of excellence in Kendo.
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