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Princeton Kendo & Iaido
Princeton University Kendo Club
830 State Rd. (Rt. 206)
Princeton , New Jersey
Iaido: 10:00am ~ 11:30pm
Kendo: 11:30am ~ 1:00am
Philadelphia Kendo Club
3500 Lancaster Ave
UPENN Kendo Club
Center (2nd Floor)
Cherry Hill Kendo & Iaido Club
Cherry Hill Korean Presbyterian Church
1920 Old Cuthbert Rd,
Cherry Hill, NJ
Kenyu Kai Cherry Hill Ken-yu Kai Cherry Hill Kenyu Kai Cherry Hill Ken-yu
"Dojo for the Serious Student"
Kendo, is composed of two
kanji: "ken", meaning sword, and "Do", meaning 'the
way/path of'. Together the term is literally the "way of the
sword". It is a martial arts tradition spawned by the traditional school
of swordsmanship (ryu) of ancient Japan, and was practiced by and
large by the bushi, or samurai class of the era. As practice with real blades
is inherently dangerous, the schools developed a dummy sword called a shinai,
and a set of protective equipment called bogu which protects the head (men),
wrists (kote), chest (do), and groin (tare).
Kendo training is based on a variety of movements of attack and defense know
as waza. Most fundamental are stance, footwork, cuts, thrusts, feints, and
parries. Though is it a highly strenuous activity, kendo is also a means to
strengthen the mind and the will to to improve oneself. It is this aspect of
kendo that attracts many of its most devoted practitioners. A Kendo bout with
skilled opponent is an intense experience. For a moment in time concentration
is absolute, conscious thought is suppressed, and action is instinctive. Such
training develops in the serious student powers of resolution and endurance
under pressure which frequently affects his or her life beyond the confines
of the training hall.
Iaido, In the beginning Iai-jutsu was a part of
Ken-jutsu. When time passed and as a result of the relatively peaceful
Tokugawa period many masters saw in Iaido an excellent way of developing
spiritual, mental and physical discipline. Iaido was born. Iaido does not
actually mean overcoming an enemy, but overcoming one's own self. The only
and the most dangerous opponent in Iaido is the iaidoka themself.
and Iaido Exist together and relate to each other like Yin and Yang."
- Ueno Satanori Sensei, Iaido Hanshi 8th Dan ZNKR
Think you are too old
to start Kendo?
Mochida Moriji Hanshi Kendo
Mochida Sensei wrote:
There are many people who practice kendo that believe that they have
completed their practice of the kendo fundamentals during the beginner
stage and only attempt to relate to them theoretically thereafter.
However, this is a big misconception to the pursuit of true kendo.
Until you are 50 years old, you must endeavor
to practice the fundamentals of kendo and make it a part of you.
It has taken me 50 years to learn the fundamentals of kendo by body.
It was not until I became 50 years old that I started my true kendo
training. This is because I practiced kendo with all my heart and
When one becomes 60 years old, the legs are not as strong as they
once were. It is the spirit that overcomes this weakness. It
is through a strong spirit that one can overcome the inevitability of the
body becoming physically weaker.
When I became 70 years old, the entire body became weaker. I
found that the next step is to practice the concept of not moving ones
spirit (immovable spirit) when practicing kendo. When one is able
to achieve the state of an immovable spirit, your opponent's spirit and
will manifests itself to you. I tried to achieve a calm and
immovable spirit at this stage in my life.
When I became 80 years old, I achieved the state of the immovable
spirit. However, there are times when a random thought will enter
my mind. I am striving to eliminate these random thoughts at this
state in my life.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm3CmNE72Bw
At age of 89, still practice daily!
So! why train?
It would be absurd in modern
society to use a sword as a weapon of self-defense. So why train at all??
During the Kendo match, one must remember battle between swordsmen is a life
and death situation and every cut may be the last. In order to deliver a
successful cut, you must overcome fear, panic, fright and confusion before,
during and after a cut. It is through this, Kendo can improve your focus,
insight and complex decision making and hopefully, you will improve yourself.
Simplify put it, Kendo and Iaido provides an opportunity for you to have an
insight into your true self.
"The purpose of today's training
... is to defeat yesterday's understanding."
- Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645)