Hayakawa Kendo Club
Kendo is a vigorous, full-contact Martial Art derived from the original sword training of the Japanese Samurai. Practiced by millions of men, women and children worldwide, Kendo is growing in popularity in North America.
The Hayakawa Kendo Club is run by Sensei Mark Kawabe, a 4th degree black belt who has trained extensively at various clubs in Canada and Japan since 1985.
Kendo training consists of drills which focus on improving co-ordination, strength, breath control and stamina. Beginning students spend their time honing basic strikes both with and without partners. Advanced students wear bogu (armour) and practice basic and advanced techniques with partners. There is always a session of keiko (free sparring) for advanced students.
The Hayakawa Kendo Club is affiliated with the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF), which oversees all approved Kendo clubs in Canada. Clubs that belong to the CKF are eligible to participate in tournaments, visit other CKF clubs (at no additional cost) and can participate in the only official Kendo gradings in Canada. The CKF also runs seminars and other special events open only to its member clubs. You can be assured you are receiving quality instruction when practicing at a CKF-affiliated club.
All are welcome to try a class of Kendo. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and be prepared to sweat. A bokuto (wooden sword) will be available for your use. To continue in Kendo, you will need to purchase a uniform and a shinai (bamboo sword) or two. Bogu (armour) is available for purchase or rent.
Practices are held twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:40 to 9:40. Students must be age 8 or older.
If you have questions or want to attend a class, please contact Mark Kawabe at 289-241-3080 or drop by the dojo.