What you'll do
"Experience KENDO" offers more authentic BUSHIDO ("WAY OF SAMURAI") understanding through learning the basics of traditional martial arts, KENDO ("WAY OF SWORD"). Tomoyoshi, the instructor, will give you a short lecture on how ancient swordsmanship of SAMURAI later developed into KENDO. He will share the heroic stories of ancient SAMURAIS including his own great-grandfather, Yoshishige Hayashi, but also the devastating influence of BUSHIDO philosophy to this nation and his family into extremism especially in the period of WW2. He will end his story on how redemption came and led him to the current inner peace and to the life of pacifist. After the lecture, you will wear all the KENDO armors and will learn the basic KENDO movements. At the end, you will get to do the KENDO match to each other. Upon successfully completing the workshop, you will receive a beautifully designed “Certificate of Experience”. This will be a once in a life time experience! Tomoyoshi will teach you everything in English. Q&A is always welcomed. Photo taking is freely allowed. It is a very safe family activity but exciting enough to meet your adventurous expectation. We are confident that this is one of the best workshops you can find in this kind!
Welcome to "Experience Kendo in KYOTO” workshop! My name is Tomoyoshi Yamanaka. I am your instructor in this workshop and very much looking forward to meeting you all! I am the fourth generation descendant of the last Samurai, Yoshishige Hayashi who lived 150 years ago and served the Hikone clan in today's Shiga prefecture. I grew up with a rich heritage of BUSHIDO tradition and KENDO practice. It is my honor to introduce to you this part of Japanese culture. I trust your experience will be one of the most exciting, inspiring, and memorable ones during your time in Japan!
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Where you'll be
The main venue will be Kyoto's own "Butokuden" in Kyoto Budo Center. It is the hall of fame and oldest Kendo Dojo existing in today’s world. It was built in 1899 and miraculously survived the WW2 devastation. In 1996, Japanese government officially recognized it as a nation's important cultural asset. Please be notified that in case the Dojo is occupied by other groups, we will be using the sub-Dojo within the same property of Kyoto Budo Center.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 15 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Observing while your friends or families are participating the workshop is possible but please inform us first.
Please make sure to arrive at the venue 30 MINUTES before the workshop starting time. The Dojo is considered as the most sacred martial arts center in Japan, so please act with respectful manner.
Experience KENDO in KYOTO