Train the Sword, Train the Spirit
Often referred to as Japanese Fencing, Kendo – The Way of the Sword – uses sword techniques to train and condition the mind and body to deal with another person determined to attack. Through training in Kendo, a student learns not just the physical elements of the sword, but also cultivates mental clarity, directness, sincerity, and intensity.
The History of Kendo
The recorded history of Kendo begins in the 8th century, with the Samurai sword training known as Kenjutsu.
Safety equipment was developed in the early 1700s to allow samurai to train with full power. This led to new training methods and the development of modern Kendo. In 1952, the All-Japan Kendo Federation was formed to disseminate Kendo as “a way to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the Katana.”
The Purpose of Kendo
To mold the mind and body;
to cultivate a vigorous spirit;
and through correct and rigid training,
to strive for improvement in the art of Kendo.
To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor;
to associate with others with sincerity;
and to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.
Kendo classes are 60-80 minutes. We have a flexible schedule with convenient class times; students typically attend 2 times per week. Classes are offered year-round, and students progress through the curriculum at their own pace.
Enrollment is open year-round, so contact us today to get started!
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- Practice Sword to Borrow (yours to keep for free if you sign up!)
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We teach self-defense and martial arts to adults, teens, and children from Damascus, Clarksburg, Ijamsville, Laytonsville, New Market, Mt Airy, Germantown, Urbana, and other parts of upper Montgomery and lower Frederick County, MD.
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