The JCCC Kendo Club is proud to have Morito Tsumura, Hanshi 8th Dan (Shihan); Bryan Asa, Renshi 7th Dan (Chief Instructor); Roy Asa, Kyoshi 7th Dan; Goyo Ohmi, 6th Dan; Akihiko Hamaba, 6th Dan; Shane Asa, 6th Dan; Ryo Tamaru, 6th Dan; and Steve Nakatsu, 5th Dan as Sensei. Andrew Asa, 4th Dan and Dennis Daley, 3rd Dan are assistant instructors. These sensei exemplify the spirit of kendo and have experience in Japan and throughout the world.
What is Kendo...
Kendo is a combination of two Japanese words - “ken” meaning “sword” and “michi” or “do” meaning “road” or “way” ; the result being “sword’s way” or “the way of the sword.” Kendo was derived from one of the oldest of the martial arts - Kenjutsu (swordsmanship, or the technique of the sword) of which written records date back to the seventh century. Kenjutsu was born during the early Tokugawa Period (1603-1867) when Tokugawa Ieyasu ruled as the shogun, and pressed the other provincial lords to cease hostility among themselves. There was a special need for the samurai of that day - something other then just the practice of swordsmanship. This is when Kenjutsu made its beginning.
Since old-fashioned training with real steel swords and hardwood swords caused so many unnecessary injuries and deaths, bamboo practice swords were created around 1710 developed by Japanese armourers and Japanese sword masters. Around 1740, Japanese sword masters and Japanese armourers improvised chest and head protectors as well as heavy gloves. As can be imagined, the original bamboo practice swords and protectors were quite primitive and of simple construction. Over the centuries, these were refined by Japanese armourers into the attractive and practical Kendo equipment as seen today in Japan. Subsequently, Kenjutsu has undergone various refinements, such as the introduction of protective equipment, a substitute weapon for the sword, techniques, etc. Kendo emerged in the late 19th century.
Although Kendo is regarded today as physical sport, the mental development portion must still be considered an important function. Kendo, the art of Japanese swordsmanship, is a way of life designed to contribute to self development through training in the guiding principles underlying the art of the sword. Through rigorous training in Kendo, the student strengthens his or her body and mind, develops a strong spirit, learns to treat people properly, to value truth, to be sincere, to always strive for self-development, love society and country, and contribute to the peace and prosperity of humanity.
In modern Kendo, there are two types of attacks: strikes and thrusts. Strikes are allowed to only three points on the body-the top of the head, the right and left sides of the waist and the forearms. Thrusts are usually permitted only to the throat. Unlike western fencing where two opponents show each other only their sides, in Kendo the opponents stand face to face and these four target areas were chosen because they are the most difficult. In competitive matches, it is not enough for your bamboo sword to just touch the opponent; points are awarded only when the attacks are done properly to the exact target with good control and a yell or Kiai. The first person to win two points wins the match.
As of 2000, several million people practice Kendo in Japan, including about 1.2 million who have been awarded a Dan-rank in the art. Kendo is enjoyed by about one million practitioners abroad. The International Kendo Federation (IKF) has members in 41
And through correct and rigid training,
8:45am~10:00am Non-Bogu basics
10:00am~12:00pm Bogu (drills, lessons, keiko)
7:30pm~9:00pm Bogu (advance keiko)
6:45pm~8:00pm Non-Bogu basics
8:00pm~9:30pm Bogu (drills, lessons, keiko)
7:00pm~9:00pm Bogu (drills, lessons)
Please arrive 15 minutes early for warm up exercises
We will be accepting new students on the Sunday and Wednesday during the month of Janurary, March, and September You are free to join the beginners class (non-bogu) on those two days as a trial. Please wear comfortable clothing (t-shirt and sweat pants are ideal) if you would like to join the class. You are not require to purchase or bring any equipment for the trial class. Please arrive at least 15 minutes earlier to register directly with the front desk at JCCC on either of those two days.
The specifics on how to join please visit the Reference section under How to join.
The club is located at Japanese Canadian Cultral Centre.
6 Garamond Court
Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1Z5
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