Irish National Kendo Squad members demonstrating Kendo on Saturday AM on TV3 ahead of a demo at the holiday world show at the request of the Japanese Embassy. It was a little last minute, but we think they did great. 😉
Kendo means "Way of the Sword". It is a traditional Japanese martial art of sword-fighting which was developed as a safe way for Samurai to practice their swordsmanship.
Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines Martial Arts etiquette such as respect for your teachers and opponent, with regular physical practice. Physical practice or "Keiko" can be demanding, but students are never placed in a situation where they may feel uncomfortable.
Practitioners of Kendo are called Kendo-ka, meaning "One Who Practices Kendo". Most Kendo-ka would follow the concept of Kendo as defined by the International Kendo Federation (of which Dublin Kendo Kobukai is a member).
For the Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship was a way of life. During the 14th Century, many different schools of teaching formed around Japan, each school being different. Teachings were based on practical experience from the battlefield and practice moved from using real swords to using wooden swords, known as Bokken.
The introduction of the bamboo sword, Shinai, around 1711- 1715 was a major breakthrough in the development of Kendo. Shortly after this the Kote (gauntlets), Do (breast plate), Tare (hip/groin protector), and Men (head protector) were invented and gained popular usage in the Dojo (fencing hall). With the advent of the new equipment, the swordsman was no longer hindered by the risk of injury during practice and could concentrate totally on his technique.
It's really easy. Just come along to one of our training sessions. 🙂 Don't worry about equipment, you just need comfortable workout clothes, like a tracksuit or martial arts uniform and we will provide the rest. Our beginners' course is €60 for three months. Some people choose to train in one art only, others practice two or even all three.
See our Training Times and Locations below, to find out when and where would suit you. And if you want to talk to one of our instructors just click here to send us an email.
Our beginners' course has a rolling start date, so you can join any time. The beginners' course will run for three months from when you start, although we can make allowances for missed dates. Beginners can attend one or more sessions a week, how much you choose to train is up to you!
The beginners' course and regular training fees also allow you to practice any of the martial arts that we teach. Some people choose to train in one art only, others practice two or even all three. Your first session is free.
All beginners' courses costs €60. This covers you for three months of training, as well as temporary membership of the Irish Kendo Federation (the National Governing Body for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo in Ireland).
After your beginners' course training fees are as follows:
Kendo - Beginners
8 - 10 pm *
St. John Bosco Youth Centre,
Kendo - Intermediate
8:15 - 10:15 pm
Nagle Rice Hall,
Marino Institute of Education,
Kendo - Advanced
8 - 9 pm
St. Joseph's C.B.S.,
Kendo - All levels
12 pm - 2 pm *
The Ballybough Community,
Youth & Sports Centre,
49 Ballybough Road,
* Due to building restrictions, Saturday and Monday classes are unfortunately cancelled on bank holiday weekends.
The following are some recent clips from our seminars and public demonstrations.
Taking a behind the scenes look at the recent Kendo Seminar, part of the 20 year anniversary celebrations. You'll see some great Kendo, great instruction, and even greater friendships.
Dublin Kendo were delighted to welcome old friends and new with a visit from the National Polish Kendo Team! The joined us for a wonderful training session celebrating International Women's Day!