"It’s not about being better than the other. It’s about being better than you were yesterday."
NW Kendo is led by Shinichi Koike, a 7th-dan kendo instructor from Japan and former US Kendo Team coach. The essence of our kendo philosophy is diligent training in the use of the shinai (bamboo sword) and bokken (wooden practice sword) as a path to physical and mental growth. We use the challenges of practice to help us grow and improve our skills, as well as support our personal and professional aspirations.
Northwest Kendo Club
We are a diverse mixture of languages and professions of all ages and genders. We value training hard and having fun and we provide a safe and encouraging practice environment for all of our students.
Meeting every Wednesday and Friday, our classes are run by Koike Sensei with the support of a cadre of senior students. Training consists of meditation, warm-ups, and basic drills. Students in armor engage in free-sparring after this while beginners are led through additional drills and footwork.
Dues are $140/quarter for adults and $95/quarter for juniors. All kendo students must also register with the All United States Kendo Federation and pay an annual fee of $110 (adults) or $55 (juniors).
First Time Visit
Before joining, we recommend observing at least one practice and talking with us in person prior to joining to help you get an understanding of how we train.
To start, you will only need comfortable exercise gear – a t-shirt and sweatpants will suffice. Don’t worry about purchasing equipment just yet! A shinai (bamboo sword) will be provided to all new beginners. Expect to spend at least your first quarter in plain clothes while you practice kendo fundamentals and conditioning.
Sensei will determine when you are ready to begin wearing a uniform and bogu (armor).
“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs”