We welcome newcomers at any time, whether experienced kendoka or complete beginners. Non-students and under-18s are also welcome.
See below for a very brief introduction to kendo or follow the links at the top right of the page for more!
(these can change each term so please contact us to double check)
This summer term our sessions are:
• Tuesdays – 19:30 to 22:00
• Thursdays – 19:30 to 22:00
Aerobics Room, The Graham Sports Centre, Stockton Rd, Maiden Castle, Durham, DH1 3SE. There is a parking lot and it is a short walk away from the centre of town.
Our usual venue is instead:
Fonteyn Ballroom or Vane Tempest, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AN. There is street-side parking nearby and it is a short walk from the train and bus stations.
Sessions are free apart from a £5 yearly fee, so come and give it a go! See our FAQ for more.
What is Kendo?
Kendo is a martial art that has descended from the Japanese Samurai. It means ‘way of the sword’, and is at once a serious pursuit and exciting, fun sport practised around the world.
From the outside, kendo can appear aggressive, but it is fundamentally an activity of technique, timing, and experience. Whatever our age, build, gender, or imagined ‘sportiness’, kendo provides us with a way to constantly challenge ourselves and enjoy the consistent rewards as we improve together – with the bonus of an awesome hobby and great exercise at the same time!
From the British Kendo Association (www.britishkendoassociation.com/kendo/):
In 1975 the All Japan Kendo Federation developed then published ‘The Concept and Purpose of Kendo’ which is reproduced below.
To mold the mind and body.
To cultivate a vigorous spirit,
And through correct and rigid training,
To strive for improvement in the art of Kendo.
To hold in esteem human courtesy and honor.
To associate with others with sincerity.
And to forever pursue the cultivation of oneself.
Thus will one be able:
To love ones country and society.
To contribute to the development of culture
And to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.