Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Kendo 剣道

ZNKR Kendo (全日本剣道連盟剣道) is a modern martial art form of Japanese fencing. It comes from the sword arts of ancient Japan, and is the modern incarnation of a centuries-long evolution. Kendo is made up of 2 parts, kata (fixed paired patterns of techniques) and keiko (sparring in bogu (armor)). We use two type of swords: a bokken (wooden sword) for kata and a shinai (bamboo sword) for sparring. Kendo is more than just learning to fence with a sword, it is also about proper discipline and spirit.

The kata you will learn are as listed:                    Bokuto Ni Yoru Kendo Kihon waza Keiko-ho (Tachi vs Tachi)

Kihon 1: Ippon-uchi no wazaMen, Kote, Do, Tsuki
Kihon 2: Renzoku no waza (Ni/Sandan no waza)Kote, Men
Kihon 3: Harai wazaHarai Men
Kihon 4: Hiki wazaTsubazeriai kara no Hiki Do
Kihon 5: Nuki wazaMen, Nuki Do
Kihon 6: Suriage wazaKote, Suriage Men
Kihon 7: Debana wazaDebana kote
Kihon 8: Kaeshi wazaMen, Kaeshi Migi-Do
Kihon 9: Uchiotoshi wazaDo uchiotoshi Men

Bokuto ni Yoru Kendo Kihon Waza Keiho ho demonstration: https://youtu.be/KVzHMNJ6NKg

Kendo Kata: Tachi kata 1-7 (Tachi vs Tachi)
Ippon-me (Men Nuki Men)
Nihon-me (Kote Nuki Kote)
Sanbon-me (Tsuki Kaeshi (Nayashi) Tsuki)
Yohon-me (Tsuki Makikaeshi Men)
Gohon-me (Men Suriage Men)
Roppon-me (Kote Suriage Kote)
Nanahon-me (Men Nuki Do)

Kata 8-10/Kodachi kata 1-3 (Kodachi vs Tachi)
Happon-me/Kodachi Ippon-me
Kyuhon-me/Kodachi Nihon-me
Juppon-me/Kodachi Sanbon-me

Kata demonstration: https://youtu.be/-75N3w9hyjM

Pre-War Kendo: https://youtu.be/TWQlx6CZMOo

First person point of view of Jigeiko at the dojo:

The rest of class is primarily composed of the following:

Suburi (素振り) Warm up swinging. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suburi

Kiri-kaeshi (切り返し) Striking the left and right men target points in succession, practising centering, distance, and correct technique, while building spirit and stamina.

Waza-geiko (技稽古) Waza or technique practice in which the student learns and refines that techniques of Kendo with a receiving partner.

Kakari-geiko (掛稽古) Short, intense, attack practice which teaches continuous alertness and readiness to attack, as well as building spirit and stamina.

Ji-geiko (地稽古) Undirected practice where the kendōka tries all that has been learned during practice against an opponent.

Gokaku-geiko (互角稽古) Practice between two kendōka of similar skill level.

Hikitate-geiko (引立稽古) Practice where a senior kendōka guides a junior through practice.

Shiai-geiko (試合稽古) Competition practice which may also be judged.


Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class start times.

Wednesdays (Staunton Park & Rec Garden Center at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton)

7:00pm – 8:30 pm (Beginner/Mixed) 

8:30pm – 9:30pm (Intermediate/Advanced)

Thursdays (Edge Effect Fitness, Harrisonbug) Kendo Kata and ZNKR Seiteigata Iai

6:30-7:30pm (Beginner/Mixed)

We also train with Virginia Tech Kendo Club: Fridays 7-9 & Sundays 6-8 at the Recreation Field House.

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