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.
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 :)
By far the best real Japanese experience you can have in Kyoto.
Tomoshoshy san is very kind and helpful, his kendo lesson is very interesting and fun, especially if you are a small group of friends!
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.