This workshop is for families, groups or individuals who want to learn the basic movements, techniques and history of Japanese martial art - Kendo. You will first receive a lecture for about 20 minutes on Kendo and Bushido philosophy, then one hour physical lesson while wearing Kendo full armors. It is a very safe sport; anyone over 10 years old is welcomed to join!
金額 7,000 円
The training is very good and well managed. First you receive an introduction to kendo and its history. The teachers personal experience with kendo is also very interesting. Then you will be trained to perform a few different strikes. Though I can see quite some similarities with fencing, there is one big difference and that is before every strike you make you should shout as loud as you can the body part you are planning to hit. For me the training felt very authentic and I understand Japanese culture a little bit more now. One important remark is that the building is from 1899 which makes it very beautiful and historical, but it also means there is no heating or air conditioning, so doing the course during winter or summer might be a somewhat uncomfortable experience (I went late March). Nevertheless, if you have two hours to spare in Kyoto, then the training is well worth the time and money and I would highly recommend it.
A fantastic first lesson in Kendo from a most skilled, patient instructor. Incredible dojo remiscient of a Toshiro Mifune film. One of the highlights of our Asia trip!
First of all, I am personally touched by Mr. Tomoyoshi Yamanaka's personal perspective on Bushido (he grew up with it) and his reflections as a Kendo practitioner x Christian Pastor, best authentic experience of one of the key Japanese cultural tradition!!!
The Kendo lesson itself was well paced and perfect for beginners, Mr. Yamanaka has been very patience, professional and encouraging the whole time, throughout the lesson he has been very attentive, thorough and caring. The equipment are well maintained and clean, the location, a over 150yrs old building, is actually the birth place of Kendo as a sport, there is a VIP box where the emperors used to visit Kendo practice and competition... overall, it has been such an honor and amazing experience!!!