Kendo (剣道) is the contemporary art of Japanese-style competitive fencing. Its modern form was developed from the 18th century as a way of distilling the essence of the many sword styles that had developed in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1868).
Kata is a non-contact activity that helps practitioners to develop correct distancing and footwork.
There are two types of kata, Nihon Kendō Kata (日本剣道形) and Bokutō Ni Yoru Kendō Kihon-waza Keiko-hō (木刀による剣道基本技稽古法). The former are the traditional set formalised in 1933, designed to preserve elements of koryu (ancient) sword traditions, and the latter were introduced in 2003 to help develop core skills used in kendo keiko. Kendo practitioners in the Toowoomba region are unusual in that we spend more time than many Clubs in practicing kata, particularly for lower grades. We train kata at lunchtime twice weekly in the Toowoomba Japanese Garden, and often time during regular practice.
Keiko is a contact-based activity that helps practitioners to develop their core skills for competition. It systematically goes through swinging practice (suburi) basics strikes on an opponent (waza-geiko), timing and striking practice (kiri-kaeshi and kakari geiko), and ultimately free practice (ji-geiko) leading to competitive matches (shiai).
In Japan kendo is a part of the school system, strongly represented at universities, keenly practiced by the police, and is practiced by young and old alike —some of the oldest regular practitioners are in their 80s, leading to the saying that “kendo is for life”.
Make sure you check out some of the marvellous photos of Kendo taken by Andy Rogers, a firm friend of the Club, who currently lives in Nagoya, Japan — in part to pursue his passion for Kendo! The can be found at: http://kendomonochrome.com/
Kendo is an official Australian University Games sport. While a small Club we have experienced significant success at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 AUG.
Tuesday 7.45 – 9.15 pm (MEAC)
Sunday 10.00 – 11.30 am (MEAC)
Thursday (by arrangement) 1.00 – 1.40 pm (Japanese Garden)
• Mort Estate Activity Centre, Holy Name Primary School, Rosewood Street (MEAC)
• USQ-Toowoomba Japanese Garden (Ju Raku En), Regent Street end
What to bring: Yourself, comfortable exercise clothes to start, water bottle. There are some bogu sets for hire at $2 per session.
Once you are training for a while: Indigo-blue Kendo uniform (uwagi and hakama), full set of bogu, shinai, and bokken. These can be obtained through the Club, or we can provide advice on what might be suitable.
You’ll need to: Pay Queensland Kendo Renmei membership ($60 payable once) plus Kendo discipline fee ($10) and BBRD general membership.
The Club is affiliated with the Australian Kendo Renmei and Queensland Kendo Renmei, and most University members also train at (and are members of) the Toowoomba PCYC based Mushin Itto Kendo Club. Club members regularly travel to train with other kendo groups in South East Queensland, and the Club has helped to facilitate a number of seminars in Toowoomba delivered by high ranking sensei.