Competitive Clubs

Kendo

About:

The Carleton University Kendo Club is a non-profit student-run competitive club that is dedicated to practicing the Japanese martial art of Kendo – the Way of the Sword. We began our club in September 2012. Our goal is to build a strong and dedicated Kendo community right here at Carleton University.

We practice regularly at Carleton University Athletics facilities. We compete at intercollegiate and national events supported by the Canadian Kendo Federation. Outside of practice and tournaments, we hold events and gatherings in which any member, old or new, is welcome to attend. We’re a tight-knit group of friends and are always enthusiastic for new members to join us!

2021-22 Competitive Schedule:

  • JCCC Tournament + Grading, Nov 2021 @ the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto
  • Intercollegiate Tournament, Jan/Feb 2022 @ rotating universities across Ontario
  • Detroit Meet, Feb. 2022 @ Detroit Kendo Club
  • University of Toronto Invitational, Mar. 2022 @ University of Toronto
  • Additional competitions may vary

Practice Information:

Any student is eligible to join the Carleton University Kendo Club. Trial practices are held the first few weeks of Fall and Winter semester. These practices are free of charge and will give you a comprehensive introduction to Kendo. Our goal is to let everyone have the opportunity to enjoy Kendo!

Upon starting Kendo, the focus for beginners will be on building the fundamental skills necessary for all practitioners. This includes proper footwork, correct posture, how to strike with a shinai (bamboo sword), and building strong spirit. Once you have demonstrated enough skill, and at the discretion of the instructors, you will be eligible to practice in a bogu (sparring armor). Advanced members focus on advanced drills and sparring. 

Almost all of our members joined us without any prior knowledge or experience in Kendo, so please don’t be worried if you are completely new!

Practice Schedule: 

For the 2021-2022 academic year:

Tuesdays: 6:30-8:30 (beginner practice), 8:30-9:30 (advanced practice)

Saturdays: 12:30-2:30 (beginner practice), 2:30-3:30 (advanced practice)

Club Fees: 

Once you complete your first few trial practices, you can decide if you would like to continue practicing at Carleton Kendo for the rest of the academic year (September to April). Membership for the 2021-2022 academic year will be ~$80, which covers an entire year’s worth of practice (approximately 2-3 practices a week).

A beginner to Kendo only needs a shinai (bamboo sword) and a shinai carrying bag to practice for the first few months. After gaining more experience, a member will need to purchase a hakama gi (traditional practice clothes) and then, once you have demonstrated enough skill and at the discretion of the instructors, finally a bogu (sparring armor) to practice Kendo fully. The cost for equipment* is as follows:

Shinai (Bamboo Sword): $30

Shinai Carrying Bag: $10

Hakama and Gi (Practice Clothes): $80

Bogu (Armour): ~$400

*we purchase all of our equipment in bulk in order to keep costs as low as possible for students

How to Join: 

For any inquiries, or if you wish to join, please feel free to reach out to cu.kendo@gmail.com. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Instructors: 

Daniel Lau (Head Instructor)

Michael Sean Morgan (Assistant Instructor)

Lillian Chen (Assistant Instructor)

Devlin Vong (Assistant Instructor)

Dylan Goudie (Assistant Instructor)

Main Club Contacts: 

President: Alexander Waworuntu 

Treasurer: Zitong Zhu

Administrative Executive: Nader St-Amant

Event Planning Executive: Israel Babalola

Executive Team Contact: cu.kendo@gmail.com

2020 Stratford Intercollegiate

2019 Stratford Intercollegiate

2018 JCCC Senior Tournament 

2018 York Intercollegiate

2017 Carleton Intercollegiate

2016 Ryerson Intercollegiate

2015 York Intercollegiate