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 waza||Men, Kote, Do, Tsuki|
|Kihon 2: Renzoku no waza (Ni/Sandan no waza)||Kote, Men|
|Kihon 3: Harai waza||Harai Men|
|Kihon 4: Hiki waza||Tsubazeriai kara no Hiki Do|
|Kihon 5: Nuki waza||Men, Nuki Do|
|Kihon 6: Suriage waza||Kote, Suriage Men|
|Kihon 7: Debana waza||Debana kote|
|Kihon 8: Kaeshi waza||Men, Kaeshi Migi-Do|
|Kihon 9: Uchiotoshi waza||Do uchiotoshi Men|
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)
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
We also train with Koryo Martial Arts which meets Saturdays 12:00-3:00pm. http://www.koryomartialarts.org/kendo.html
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