KENDO

Instructor: Aaron Belko, 4th Dan
Mondays: 7:30PM to 9:00 PM*
Wednesdays: 7:30PM to 9:00 PM*

*Schedule subject to change, please check for changes.

Welcome to the bamboo sword-swinging, esoteric yelling, protective body armor wearing, fast-paced fighting world of the martial art  known as Kendo!

Kendo (sword way) is a Japanese martial art derived from ancient swordsmanship techniques over the last few 100 years.  It was adopted in Korea as the art  of “Kumdo” and in China as “Gendo". The protective armor (bogu) and bamboo swords (shinai) used are the same and the point systems and targets are the same.  Both Kendoist and Kumdoist compete together at the World Kendo Championships organized by the Federation of International Kendo.  However, the way each art is performed varies, possibly reflecting cultural differences. Japanese Kendo tends to emphasize being “Decisive and Precise”, Korean Kumdo tends to stress the display of “Dynamics”, and Chinese Gendo artists tend to show more “Fantasy” in their sword techniques. Each style has its benefits and deficiencies in technical expression, level of skills, and maturity.  Real sword arts are very different in each country, with roots at least a few thousand years old. Some of these ancient real sword forms have survived to today and are being practiced under different names.

Special note for new members:

  • All new members can start class at any time

Fees:

Base Monthly Fee:  $65.00 per month*

  • Attending 2 Classes per week:
    $65.00 per month per person (Fees are same for youth (age 10-17) and adults)
  • Attending 1 Class per week:
    $45.00 per month

Discount for people currently holding a Kendo rank:

  • For all KYU, 1st Dan, and 2nd Dan Kendoka:
    o   $65.00 per month (No special discount)
  • For 3rd Dan:
    o   $45.00 per month  (30% off)
  • For 4th Dan:
    o   $35.00 per month  (46% off)
  • For 5th Dan:
    o   No fee

 

  • If assigned by the master instructor as regular assistant instructors: $0 (Limit 4)
  • All other occasional visiting Kendoka: $0 (however, a small donation toward facility maintenance is appreciated)

Family (parents and children) Discount:

  • 1st family member:     $65.00 per month
  • 2nd member:                 $45.00 per month
  • 3rd member:                  $35.00 per month
  • 4th (+) member:            25.00 per month
  • Examples
    o   If one parent and two children join, the total fee would be $155 (discounted from $195)
    o   If both parents and thier two children join, the total fee would be $180 (discounted from $260)

*Prices subject to change, please check for changes.

Kendo Training at the Defense Arts Center (DAC) dojo (pdf)

 

A Technical Guide of Kendo (pdf)

 
 

Upland Kendo Class Schedule

 Monday and Wednesday 7:30 -9:00:

Kendo Fundamentals
*Will concentrate on the foundational concepts of Kendo.  Focusing on reiho (etiquette), ashisabaki (footwork), chakuso (shinai grip), and datotsu (basic strikes and thrusts).  In addition, there will be instruction on the use of bokken by way of Bokuto-ni-yoru Kendo Kihon-waza Keiko-ho and Nihon Kendo Kata.  This class is mainly for beginners and does not require a bogu (armor).                                                

Advanced Geiko
*Will concentrate on kenshi  who are in bogu.  Focusing on not only kihon waza (basic techniques) but progressing to shikake-waza , oji-waza, and finally keiko-ho.  Also, there will instruction in advanced concepts such as maai, hasuji, seme, zanshin,yuko-datotsu, and ki-ken-tai-ichi.  Only students in bogu are allowed to participate, unless given permission by the sensei. 

Basic Open Geiko

  • Stretching/Warm up
  • Suburi:  30 jogeiburi, 30 shomen uchi, 30 sayumen uchi, 30-60 hayasuburi
  • Footwork: suriashi
    (Put on bogu after seated meditation and opening bow.)
  • 3 times kirikaeshi (motodachi not blocking)
  • 3 times kirikaeshi (motodachi blocking)
  • 5 times shomen uchi
  • 5 times kote-men uchi
  • 5 times do uchi
  • 5 times hiki-waza (men, kote, and do)
  • 5 times uchikomigeiko (3 strikes)
  • Jigeiko
  • 3 times kirikaeshi
    (Bow and be seated. Remove bogu and prepare for closing meditation.)

 

Kendo Waza

Shikake-waza (offensive techniques) for Beginners

  • Ippon-uchi-waza(basic striking techniques)
  • Nidan-sandan-waza(combination techniques)
  • Debana-waza(moment of attack techniques)

Oji-waza(counter techniques) for Mudansha/Yudansha

  • Harai-waza(parry and strike techniques)
  • Hiki-waza(stepping back techniques)
  • Kaeishi-waza(parry and strike techniques)
  • Nuki-waza(evading and striking techniques)
  • Amashi-waza(step back and evading techniques)
  • Suriage-waza (mid-strike parry and striking techniques)
  • Uchiotoshi-waza   (downward parry and striking techniques)
  • Maki-waza(twisting parry and striking techniques)
  • Katsugi-waza(shouldering the sword techniques)
  • Jodan-waza(striking from jodan kamae)

Books for the kendo enthusiast as recommended by Sensei Belko:

What is Kendo
by George McCall

Kendo Tokuhon
by Noma Hisashi, Ed. George McCall

Videos

 
 
 
 

Kendo Education Website - All United States Kendo Foundation

Photos

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Remembering Sensei Inkee Lee

The following video is a wonderful tribute to Sensei Inkee Lee. I am grateful that he was able to establish Kendo/Kumdo at my dojo (Defense Arts Center Upland) before moving to Oregon.  Sensei, your legacy and Budo spirit will continue on.

Sincerely, Sensei Ty Aponte

This slide show contains memories of my Kumdo. The first few slides shows my very early days - such as 1967 thru 1974 while I was in my 20th. The later slides show my Kumdo activities in the USA. I established JoChun Kwan - the Kumdo school of my own in 1992 in Los Angeles. Many good Kumdo man were produced through diligent practices in JoChun Kwan. Now, I am retiring my position as the principle instructor at the JoChun Kwan to 6th Dan Master Yoon Soo Shin. Joon Suh Lee helped me make this slide show, and he will serve JoChun Kwan as a vice principle and director of general administration. I would like to thank my successors for continuing to do a great work for the coming years. Farewell to all Kumdo/Kendo people Sensei Inkee Lee July 14, 2016

This slide show contains memories of my Kumdo. The first few slides shows my very early days - such as 1967 thru 1974 while I was in my 20th. The later slides show my Kumdo activities in the USA. I established JoChun Kwan - the Kumdo school of my own in 1992 in Los Angeles. Many good Kumdo man were produced through diligent practices in JoChun Kwan. Now, I am retiring my position as the principle instructor at the JoChun Kwan to 6th Dan Master Yoon Soo Shin. Joon Suh Lee helped me make this slide show, and he will serve JoChun Kwan as a vice principle and director of general administration. I would like to thank my successors for continuing to do a great work for the coming years. Farewell to all Kumdo/Kendo people

Sensei Inkee Lee

July 14, 2016