The Carleton University Kendo Club is a non for profit student run club supported by Carleton Athletics. We began our club in September 2012, and since then we’ve kept on improving every year. Despite being a relatively new club, we have slowly been having better tournament results each year!
We compete at intercollegiate and national events supported by the Canadian Kendo Federation. Canadian Kendo competitions are open invitation and divisions are split based on rank.
Outside of tournaments and practice we hold events and gatherings which any member, new or old, are welcome to attend. We’re a tight-knit group of friends and are always enthusiastic for new members to join us!
2018-19 Competitive Schedule:
Any student is eligible to join the Carleton University Kendo Club. We don’t hold tryouts, and the joining dates are the first three weeks of the Fall or Winter semester. The first two practices are free of charge for new members. Our goal is to let everyone have the opportunity to enjoy Kendo.
Our practices are divided into three classes which are Beginner, Advanced and Mixed.
In the beginner class, the focus will be on learning basic footwork as well as basic cuts and strikes required for sparring. Everyone is welcome to join the beginners class, and even advanced members may participate in order to review the basics.
In the advanced class, the focus will be more on advanced drills and sparring. This class is only for advanced members. Upon completion of the beginner stage and when the instructor and senior members allow it, beginners will wear bogu (sparring armour) and join the advanced class.
For the mixed class, we’ll be running two classes side-by-side and also have some mixed drills between advanced and beginner members. Everyone is welcome to this class as well.
Almost all of our members join us without any prior knowledge or experience in Kendo, so please don’t be worried if you are completely new!
Practice times are subject to change on a semesterly/yearly basis. The current schedule for the 2018-2019 academic year is below:
Monday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm, Room 2404, Ice House (Advanced)
Tuesday, 8:30pm – 10:30pm, Room 2404, Ice House (Beginner)
Thursday, 8:30pm – 10:30pm, Room 2404, Ice House (Mixed)
If you’re unsure as to where to rooms are, ask the front desk at the Ice House, or send us an e-mail for detailed directions
The cost for registration is only $90 and includes access to all of our practices for both the Fall and Winter Semesters (September – April). We try to keep costs low since we are a primarily student club.
A beginner to Kendo only needs a shinai(bamboo sword) and shinai bag to practice for the first few months. After gaining more experience a member will need to purchase practice clothes and then finally bogu to practice Kendo fully. The cost for equipment* is as follows:
Shinai(Bamboo Sword): $30
Shinai Bag: $10
Hakama and Gi(Practice Clothes): $80
*we purchase all of our equipment in bulk in order to keep costs as low as possible for students
Mike Arai (Head Instructor 5-dan)
Michael Schoenhofer (Assistant Instructor 3-dan)
Tom Schoenhofer (Assistant Instructor 3-dan)
Daniel Lau (Assistant Instructor 2-dan)
Main Club Contacts:
President: David Song
Vice President: Karim Saad
Treasurer: Eben De Shane-Gill
Club Advisor: Jackie Low
Executive Team Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Carleton University Kendo Club.
2018 JCCC Senior Tournament
2018 York Intercollegiate
2017 Carleton Intercollegiate
2016 Ryerson Intercollegiate
2015 York Intercollegiate