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What is Kendō?

Kendō is Japanese Sword Fencing


Fencing is the Martial Art of fighting with blades.
Kendō is the Martial Art of fighting with a Japanese blade.

Kendō uses the shinai or a practice version of the katana, the traditional Japanese blade
Kendō differs from Olympic Foil Fencing, in that the katana is a curved,
cutting blade while the foil simulates a thin, stabbing blade.
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Who are We?

The Phoenix Kendō Kai was established in 1990, under the mentorship of Maki Miyahara, hachi-dan, hanshi, of the Southern California Kendo Federation. We offer classes
at the Lincoln Family Y.M.C.A., following the training curriculm
of the International Kendō Federation.
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Kendo Practice Times & Location

Sunday Practice

YMCA Performing Arts Room @ 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Wednesday Practice

YMCA Racquetball Court 4 @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Lincoln Family YMCA
350 North 1st Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.

This Historic Building is north of Van Buren, and south of Fillmore. It is west of
Civic Space Park and the Valley Metro Central Station.

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What do I need to get started?

You can begin kendo practice in standard exercise/gym clothing. Your practice clothes should not bind at the shoulders. They should not fall below your ankles. You will be in your bare feet and your pants hem should not get underfoot.

Will I need a shinai?

You should plan on purchasing your bamboo practice sword as soon as possible.
However, you should ask about length - it varies by age group - and
grip - it varies with height & weight.

Certain shiani are meant more for decoration than kendo keiko - practice. Inquire
about tsuba and tsuba dome before shinai purchase as well.
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Can I watch a Kendō demonstration?

If you are interested in learning more about kendo, you might watch one of our local demonstrations to hear more details about what makes up our favorite martial art.
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You should also consider stopping by and taking one trial class. The learning of kendō will take a life time, but it is a solitary activity and not for everyone.
Please contact Phoenix Kendo to schedule such a class.


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