Welcome to Experience Kendo in Kyoto reservation page!
The workshop is normally held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 14:00 to 16:00. And the main Dojo (a martial art gymnasium) will be at the Kyoto's own Butokuden (In Kyoto Budo Center). The building was built in 1899, since then, this Dojo has been one of the most influential martial art training center in Japan. In 1996, Japanese government registered it as one of Nation's Important Cultural Properties.
This course begins with a short self introduction of the instructor who is the fourth generation descendant of one of last samurais (His name was Yoshishige Hayashi from Hikone clan.) He will also give a short lecture on Kendo and "Bushido" (Principle of Samurai). We move on to physical training on basic Kendo movements and techniques. Finally, as we close the workshop, we will have a moment of Mokuso (Japanese meditation or mindfulness) to quiet down the "Ki" (An oriental concept of inner energy). This workshop is no show. This offers you authentic learning experience over the foundation of Japanese mentality and how it can also contribute to expansion of your world view. I trust this will be your one of the highlight experiences during your stay in Japan!
★Ladies, please bring your own T-shirt and short pants that you will be wearing under the Kendo-gi (wear).
★Bring a bottle of water or sport drink.
Wonderful experience. I signed up hoping for a fun experience and some cool pictures. I did not expect and much more greatly appreciated the history lesson of samurai and kendo, Tomoyashi’s personal story as a 4th descendent samurai, and introduction into the culture of respect and discipline of kendo. I had signed up for the combat experience but was tired after the normal class and felt like the two hour experience was perfect. Thank you.
Kyoto is a magical city steeped in Japanese culture and history. We wanted to have an experience that would create a lasting memory of this city, while also teaching our family about the country’s feudal history. Tomo’s Experience Kendo class did just that. We joined the class with our 11-year old son, and he loved it. The brief history of samurai; the basics of kendo and combat with Tomo all made for a great experience. Just place the address in Google Maps and you’ll have no trouble finding them.its an easy walk from The Ritz. Also take cash with you to pay, as Tomo doesn’t take credit!
The teacher was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. First he taught a bit of japan history and a bit of kendo history. Then we learned how to do 3 basic strikes with proper form. We practiced in pairs and everyone could do a 1v1 match at the end.
Overall a great experience of kendo in Japan that I would recommend to anyone! Respect is #1 and you won't get hurt :)